What does the WLService.exe file do?
The WLService.exe process is also known as WLService and is a part of GEMTEKS WLService or, as the case may be, Compact Wireless-G USB. This software is produced by GEMTEKS (www.gemtek.com.tw). An obsolete or defective version of WLService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- WLService has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- WLService 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)
- WLService.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module WLService.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about WLService.exe WLService
WLService.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. WLService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (often C:\Program Files\BELKIN USB Wireless Monitor\ respectively C:\Program Files\Linksys Wireless-G USB Wireless Network Monitor\).
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 41,025 bytes (37% of all these files), 53,307 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
This WLService.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. WLService.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 45% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A WLService.exe file has a 56% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the "C:\Users\USERNAME" folder. In this case, the file size is usually 49,152 bytes. It does not supply any version information or other description. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This file is no part of Microsoft Windows.
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 WLService.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 WLService?
|Wireless LAN Monitor |
|Linksys Wireless Network Monitor (further information...) |
|I found this file in C:\Program Files\WUSB11 WLAN Monitor. I believe this folder is related to my LinkSys USB adapter. Gemtek appears to be a legitimate business, related to wireless products. |
|Seems to be wireless Lan driver |
|It's supprts linksys wireless network. Look at the location of the file |
Summary: 22 users judge WLService.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall GEMTEKS WLService or Compact Wireless-G USB
To remove WLService 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 GEMTEKS WLService or Compact Wireless-G USB in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if WLService.exe (WLService) 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 WLService. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for WLService 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 WLService.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.
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