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What’s wiawow64.exe (Thunking WIA APIS from 32 to 64 Process)? Is it safe or a virus?

The wiawow64.exe is a process associated with the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) service, which is used to provide image acquisition services in the Windows operating system.

This process is responsible for handling communication between imaging devices such as scanners, digital cameras, and webcams, and the operating system. It allows users to acquire images from these devices and use them in various applications.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes wiawow64.exe (Thunking WIA APIS from 32 to 64 Process)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of wiawow64.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 wiawow64.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the wiawow64.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find wiawow64.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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