What does the wlcomm.exe file do?
The wlcomm.exe process is also known as Windows Live Communications Platform and is a part of Windows Live Communications Platform or, as the case may be, Windows Live Essentials. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of wlcomm.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Windows Live Communications Platform has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Windows Live Communications Platform 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)
- wlcomm.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module wlcomm.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about wlcomm.exe Windows Live Communications Platform
wlcomm.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Wlcomm.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 25,456 bytes (46% of all these files), 26,480 bytes, 37,576 bytes or, as the case may be, 27,512 bytes.
The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This wlcomm.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. You can find the file or its related application in Control Panel under Programs. You can then rerun the setup or uninstall the program. For this reason, 27% 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 wlcomm.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 wlcomm?
|Windows live messenger |
|if disabled it disconnects from windows live messenger, so it's necessary for its functionning |
|Communicate with others on the web |
|It is related to Windows Live Messenger. However, very recently it has been causing problems with my Windows Live Messenger. |
|live messenger |
Summary: 8 users judge wlcomm.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 7 users consider it harmless. However, 4 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted wlcomm.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Windows Live Communications Platform or Windows Live Essentials
To remove Windows Live Communications Platform 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 Windows Live Communications Platform or Windows Live Essentials in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if wlcomm.exe (Windows Live Communications Platform) 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 Live Communications Platform. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Windows Live Communications Platform 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 wlcomm.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.