What is wowexec.exe?

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  1. amuro

    amuro New Member

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    Recently I have come across a wowexec.exe in the task manager's Processes in my sister's and brother's PC and recently in mines.

    When I do a search I get the following location: C:\WINDOWS\system32 size is 11kb and it is labeled an application with a date modified of 8\23\2001 8:00AM

    My question is what the hell is wowexec.exe supposed to do and is it part of windows at all.

    BTW all the PCs were running WinXP Home and Pro versions.
     
  2. kcsJ

    kcsJ New Member

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    Yes, its part of winxp. It runs only when you are running older programs.
     
  3. Roadee

    Roadee Never forgotten

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    It's a win16 application launcher.......which means nothing more than it being part of windows operating system and is used to launch older software/applications.
     
  4. Ryo-Ohki

    Ryo-Ohki World Destroyer

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    More specifically, WOW = Windows on Windows. As Roadee said, it's the 16-bits application compatibility layer.
     
  5. sonofacpu

    sonofacpu The ONLY sonofacpu!

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    well, thats new... I thought it was a Troyan
     
  6. EvilTypeGuy

    EvilTypeGuy New Member

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    I've wondered for a long time exactly what it was that this executable did, now I know. What a weird acronym to use for the name though, eh?
     
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