What does the wlanext.exe file do?
The wlanext.exe process is also known as Windows Wireless LAN (Version 802.11 Extensibility Framework) and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System. 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. (Windows XP)
- 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
The original wlanext.exe file is definitely a Windows system file, but many viruses use the same name in order to remain unnoticed. Wlanext.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 77,312 bytes (50% of all these files), 74,240 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
The Windows operating system requires this file. This file contains Microsoft's digital signature. This confirms its authenticity. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. For this reason, 2% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
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
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. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for the program in the list of available programs.
- 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.