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What’s wslg.exe (Windows Subsystem for Linux)? Is it safe or a virus?

wslg.exe is a process associated with the Windows Subsystem for Linux GUI, developed by Microsoft Corporation. This executable is responsible for enabling the integration of Linux applications with the Windows operating system, allowing users to run Linux GUI applications alongside Windows applications.

By managing the graphical user interface for Linux applications, wslg.exe facilitates a more streamlined and cohesive user experience for those working with both Linux and Windows software.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes wslg.exe (Windows Subsystem for Linux)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of wslg.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is wslg.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the wslg.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find wslg.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 5, 2024

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