Is wanmpsvc.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of wanmpsvc.exe:









File purpose and description:

wanmpsvc.exe is a program file that most likely arrived on your computer when you purchased it, or it may also have been installed by you. The actual disk location is listed below to help you verify this file is not spyware or malware related. Often spyware or viruses use similiar names as the original, so always verify the disk location and folder if you are concerned. This is a critical file for America Online software (AOL). It is called the "wan miniport software" and if you installed aol then you will see this appear in your tasklist. AOL also comes preinstalled on many computers, so it may be in your tasklist even if the computer is new. This is considered safe and is not virus or spyware related. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
wanmpsvc.exe

File type:
This is an executable program.

File or folder location:
C:\WINDOWS\wanmpsvc.exe is where you can find this file.


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, wanmpsvc.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of wanmpsvc.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!