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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:

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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 (53% of all these files), 1,525,248 bytes as well as 13 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, 11% 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 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

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To remove wmpnetwk.exe from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for the program or Windows Media Format in the list of available programs.
  5. 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 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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