The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the wlansta.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.
The process known as WLAN Status Tray Applet or WLAN network adaptor Status Tray Applet or WLAN Configuration Utility belongs to software Wireless (version 802.11b LAN) or WLAN network adaptor or WLAN Configuration Utility by NETGEAR (www.netgear.com) or IEEE 802.11b.
Description: Wlansta.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file wlansta.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 147,527 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 151,622 bytes or 151,623 bytes.
The wlansta.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The wlansta.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Wlansta.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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If wlansta.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 20% dangerous. The file size is 647,272 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The wlansta.exe file is not a Windows core file. Wlansta.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
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Important: Some malware disguises itself as wlansta.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the wlansta.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with wlansta. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.
Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.
To help you analyze the wlansta.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.