It is a hacker invastion. But if the wowexec is terminated before closing the 16 bit app it called then there's this sheep running around without a mean of closing it. PV - I.T graduate Its Funny, Everyone says DOS and win98 Is Dead, But If U had either one's Boot Disk And Added NTSF.sys to it you could boot with that it seems to become active in concert with another file and blocks activity in my IE Harmon N.
Start Task Manager. Due to how microsoft have used a 16 bit layer for 32 bit they have indented anything that runs as 16 bit like wowexec.exe. However, the _Wowexec.exe file (notice the underscore) is a trojan. Its used along with NTVDM.exe.
Sometimes, however, there are imposter processes (e.g. _wowexec.exe) Chris wowexec.exe showed up under my iexplore.exe process (without the _ before it, but with the space) while I was surfing microsoft support. I then started an old (13 years !) graphics program I still use sometimes and wowexec reappeared, together with the graphics prog, both inset one space. rdwells the space at the beginning of the process name gives it away as an imposter. Has null for virtual and normal ram usage...
However, I'm not sure about when it's an underscore: "_wowexec.exe". it may be necessary to run 16 bit apps but apparently it can also be a vulnerability. Please do not spread malicious rumors about software that you have no idea about. It runs 16-bit .EXEs on a 32-bit computer.
You may delete this file if you have no plans on ever running a 16 bit process on your machine ever. When listed in Windows Task Manager the name is preceded with one blank. It is hard to tell the difference. Darcy If your're not running any old 16 bit apps, close the Ntvdm.exe first, and then close the wowexec.exe file in the task manager.
I've never seen that icon before. Is there a known wowexec.exe error? Wowexec.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Password Site Map Posting Help Register Rules Today's Posts Search Site Map Home Forum Rules Members List Contact Us Community Links Pictures & Albums Members List Search Forums Show Threads
See also: Link Allen Freeman Jr The regular version of wowexec.exe poses no threat - it's a vital windows process. x64 runs WOW64 (a newer version). Click to Run a Free Scan for wowexec.exe related errors Users Opinions Average user rating of wowexec.exe: based on 163 votes. Having read the postings I closed it with no ill effects.
The space does not mean it is a trojan or harmful. Before i removed it my cpu was idle at 20% ish, now its between 0% and 4% Soulvex Close it as soon as your game loads to save CPU. You also see wowexec.exe (the Windows on Windows subsystem), and the executable name of each 16-bit program that is running in that WOW virtual machine. cpt_internet (All scans with Eset NOD32 AV, and Webroot Spy Sweeper, Spybot Search&Destroy come up clean) I started seeing this file when I installed some DOS games.
Nothing is slow, except when I boot up my computer or turn it on after hibernation and try to open the first browser window in that process time, it takes some A lot of people out there have been saying this is a bad file. Due to how microsoft have used a 16 bit layer for 32 bit they have indented anything that runs as 16 bit like wowexec.exe. Its used along with NTVDM.exe.
Now in the new version, the file instead of being indented is something like; wmplayer.exe*32 Paul is part of windows but can be seduced maybe by virus See also: Link Tampul Notice the underscore _ Link is to MS site about identifying 16-bit processes. space before it gives it away.
Microsoft wrote the program, and it is meant to stay in windows. windows 3.1, DOS and earlier) See also: Link Andrew A blank space before its name I guess its a trojan. As explained elsewhere on these pages, NTVDM is itself started every time you run a 16-bit program (this may be a DOS program, a Windows 3.1 program, or even a program Microsoft changed this with the invention of XP x64.
Recommendation : If NTVDM is in your Task List, you have a DOS or 16-bit program running. it may be necessary to run 16 bit apps but apparently it can also be a vulnerability. I also believe all 16-bit programs are indented in the task manager. To find it, run a system search.
This shows which 16 bit progs are running. It may, however, be allowing a 16 bit prog to run that blocks your IE. I have noticed that it cause interruptions when using media products, such as Windows Media Player or a video player such as DivX Player. Both IE and Firefox.
So even though you may not be running 16-bit programs the installation files may be 16-bit. Of course a harmful lookalike may also exist, but mine is clearly legit. Microsoft is still the best authority when it comes to Microsoft based products. See also: Link Craig Wilson - Lead Technician, CompUSA 0520 There are two types of this program.
I was contacted about this problem and asked to clear thing up here.