What does the wmpnetwk.exe file do?
The wmpnetwk.exe process is also known as Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Windows Media Format (Version 11 runtime). This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of wmpnetwk.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- wmpnetwk.exe has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- wmpnetwk.exe 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)
- wmpnetwk.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module wmpnetwk.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about wmpnetwk.exe wmpnetwk.exe
The original wmpnetwk.exe file is definitely a Windows system file, but many viruses use the same name in order to remain unnoticed. Wmpnetwk.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 913,408 bytes (54% of all these files), 1,525,248 bytes as well as 12 other variants.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The file has been digitally signed by Microsoft itself to guarantee its authenticity. The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. For this reason, 12% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A wmpnetwk.exe file has a 51% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 16,896 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 1,525,248 bytes. The file can be found in the Windows folder; however, it is not a Windows system file. This wmpnetwk.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft.
- A wmpnetwk.exe file has a 56% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 1,230,778 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 395,264 bytes. Wmpnetwk.exe does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft.
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 wmpnetwk.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 wmpnetwk?
|Part of Windows Media Player 11 (beta) |
|uses ALOT of process! |
Summary: 62 users judge wmpnetwk.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 12 users consider it harmless. However, 12 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 19 users have already deleted wmpnetwk.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program or Windows Media Format
To remove wmpnetwk.exe 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 or Windows Media Format in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if wmpnetwk.exe (wmpnetwk.exe) 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 wmpnetwk.exe. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for wmpnetwk.exe 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 wmpnetwk.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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.