What is WZCSLDR2.exe?

The genuine WZCSLDR2.exe file is a software component of ANIWZCS2 Service Launcher by Alpha Networks.
WZCSLDR2.exe is an executable file that belongs to the ANIWZCS2 Service Launcher, a program that provides modems and routers with WPA-PSK (Wi-Fi protected access - pre-shared key) support. Drivers enable hardware components to communicate with software without additional programming from the software developer. This file is not a critical Windows file and can be removed if known to create problems. The ANIWZCS2 Service Launcher is often installed through 3rd party software, especially modem and router installers from manufacturers such as a D-Link and Belkin. The program can be easily disabled by renaming the file. Alpha Networks is a Taiwanese company that was spun off from the D-Link Corporation in 2003. The company designs and develops networking solutions for home and corporate application. Alpha Networks is based in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

WZCSLdr2 stands for Wireless Z Connection Service Loader 2.0

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the WZCSLDR2.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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WZCSLDR2.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WZCSLDR2
WZCSLDR2.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ANIWZCS2 launcher for Windows belongs to software ANIWZCS2 Service Launcher (version (9x)) or D-Link Wireless N DWA-140 or D-Link RangeBooster N DWA-140 by Wireless Service or Alpha Networks (

Description: WZCSLDR2.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WZCSLDR2.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\—generally C:\Program Files\ANI\ANIWZCS2 Service\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 49,152 bytes (76% of all occurrences), 98,304 bytes and 7 more variants. 
WZCSLDR2.exe is not a Windows core file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. WZCSLDR2.exe is able to hide itself and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall D-Link DWA-125 REV A or D-Link DWL-122 software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7), consult Dlink’s Customer Service or make sure that you have installed the latest version [1][2].

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WZCSLDR2.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WZCSLDR2.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Honestly I disabled it during startup and I haven't had any problems since. Hope this helps anyone.
Only necessary if you use the D-Link application for connecting to wireless networks. You can connect using native Windows capability without D-Link and, if you do, this app can be disabled along with AirPlusCFG.exe using misconfig or just uninstall the D-Link app but not the network card drivers.
  C Sachs  
It causes a "phantom" tab to remain on my task bar, and wont close unless I end process in the Task Manager. It's more of an annoyance than anything else.
Mine creates a wierd tray icon I can't close or see name. Goes away when I close this program. D-link no help yet. Disabled in MSCONFIG-STARTUP. Everything still working fine. Program hasn't reappeared in task far! Latest D-link drivers no help.
WZCSLDR2.exe is part of the "D-Link Wireless Connection Manager" . My WDA-2320 wifi card works fine without it although the Connection Manager loses some functionality. I have noticed this process has problems especially when it is running and you are playing a video game as it begins with about 110 "handles" and after playing the game and returning to Windows XP Pro I have seen it build to well over 1000 handles and keeps growing as I watch it. I usually delete it in Task Manager, Latest drivers from D-Link don't solve the problem.
D-Link WLAN Treiber usw.
Its installed with my DLINK wirelress set, its a two parter and only needed if use Dlink software for PoE (default windows)
  The Big Man  
I get a message "apsInitialize could not be located in the dynamic link library wlanapi.dill. Just don't know how I can get rid of it. Very annoying every time I start up my XP.
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Summary: Average user rating of WZCSLDR2.exe: based on 124 votes with 9 reviews. 63 users think WZCSLDR2.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 20 users think it's probably harmless. 34 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 2 users think WZCSLDR2.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 15 users don't grade WZCSLDR2.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving WZCSLDR2 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WZCSLDR2. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the WZCSLDR2.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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