What does the wlanext.exe file do?
The wlanext.exe process is also known as Windows Wireless LAN (Version 802.11 Extensibility Framework) or, as the case may be, Marco de extensibilidad de LAN inalámbrica (Version 802.11 de Windows) and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Sistema operativo Microsoft Windows. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of wlanext.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Windows Wireless LAN has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Windows Wireless LAN has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- wlanext.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module wlanext.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about wlanext.exe Windows Wireless LAN
wlanext.exe is a Windows system file. Wlanext.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 77,312 bytes (34% of all these files), 79,360 bytes as well as 6 other variants.
It is part of the Windows operating system found in C:\Windows\. This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file was created by Microsoft. The file itself can therefore be considered trustworthy. For this reason, 2% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
wlanext.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "Windows Wireless LAN." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (e.g. PUA.Gen.2 (recognized by Symantec), as well as Trojan:Win32/Occamy.C (recognized by Microsoft)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.
Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics: A wlanext.exe file has a 89% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 2,317,312 bytes (25% of all these files), 2,484,736 bytes as well as 6 other variants. There is no internal description of the file. The file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This process can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN. wlanext.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves wlanext.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about wlanext?
|wireless (further information...) |
|Windows Wireless LAN 802.11 Extensibility Framework. Task found on Windows Vista. This task provides an interface to Windows Vista's wireless security and connectivity features for the drivers of wireless network adaptors, whether those network adaptors are integrated (as in all modern laptops) or whether they are in the form of USB, PCI, or PCMCIA cards. |
|Belongs to Windows Wireless LAN 802.11 Extensibility Framework. wlanext.exe is required by third-party software or hardware and should not disabled. (further information...) |
|completely useless resources eater, needs to be killed after each restart. |
Summary: 2 users judge wlanext.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program or Sistema operativo Microsoft Windows
To remove Windows Wireless LAN from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate the program or Sistema operativo Microsoft Windows in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if wlanext.exe (Windows Wireless LAN) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Windows Wireless LAN. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Windows Wireless LAN or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or wlanext.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.