"WzPreloader.exe" Process on Windows 7

Q

What is the "WzPreloader.exe" process on windows 7? Is the "WzPreloader.exe" process a virus? Can I terminate the "WzPreloader.exe" process?

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A

"WzPreloader.exe" process represents "WinZip Preloader" program. "WzPreloader.exe" process is created by the startup program: "WinZip".

"WzPreloader.exe" process is normally running under the parent process "explorer" as shown in the process tree below:

Boot
   explorer
      WzPreloader

On the Processes tab of "Task Manager", "WzPreloader.exe" process may be listed as:

Image Name                 Memory   Description
--------------------   ----------   -----------
WzPreloader.exe          13,188 K   WinZip Preloader

Additional information about "WzPreloader.exe" process:

Command line:
   "C:\Program Files\WinZip\WzPreloader.exe" 

Programe file information:
   Name: WzPreloader.exe
   Location: C:\Program Files\WinZip\WzPreloader.exe
   Description: WinZip Preloader
   Version: 21.0.12295.0
   Size: 133216 bytes
   Last modified: 10/27/2016 10:00:00 PM
   Company Name: WinZip Computing, S.L.
   
Some data files used:
C:\Program Files\WinZip
C:\Windows\assembly\pubpol133.dat

Some registry keys used:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Sorting\Versions
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SESSION MANAGER
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\.NETFramework
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Fusion\PublisherPolicy\Default
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Locale
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Locale\Alternate Sorts
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Language Groups
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Some DLL libraries used:
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\MSCOREE.DLL
C:\windows\system32\KERNEL32.dll
C:\windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
C:\windows\system32\ADVAPI32.dll
C:\windows\system32\msvcrt.dll
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\sechost.dll
C:\windows\system32\RPCRT4.dll
C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\mscoreei.dll
C:\windows\system32\SHLWAPI.dll

"WzPreloader.exe" process is not a virus. You can disable the "WinZip" startup program to avoid running the "WzPreloader.exe" process. You can launch WinZip manually whenever you need it.

 

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