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What’s wlanext.exe (Windows Wireless LAN 802.11 Extensibility Framework)? Is it safe or a virus?

Wlanext.exe is a process associated with Microsoft Windows that is responsible for managing and maintaining wireless network connections. It is an essential part of the operating system that allows users to connect to and utilize wireless networks, such as Wi-Fi.

The wlanext.exe process handles tasks such as scanning for available networks, establishing connections, and managing network settings. It also provides the necessary functionality for maintaining a stable and reliable wireless connection. Without wlanext.exe, users would not be able to effectively use wireless networks on their Windows-based devices.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes wlanext.exe (Windows Wireless LAN 802.11 Extensibility Framework)?

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

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

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

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