"wlanext.exe" Process on Windows 8

Q

What is the "wlanext.exe" process on Windows 8? Is the "wlanext.exe" process a virus? Can I terminate the "wlanext.exe" process?

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A

"wlanext.exe" process represents "Windows Wireless LAN 802.11 Extensibility Framework" program.

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

Boot
   wlanext

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

Image Name                 Memory   Description
--------------------   ----------   -----------
wlanext.exe               7,460 K   Windows Wireless LAN 802.11 Extensibility Framework

Additional information about "wlanext.exe" process:

Command line:
   C:\Windows\system32\WLANExt.exe 507115685072

Programe file information:
   Name: wlanext.exe
   Location: C:\Windows\system32\WLANExt.exe
   Description: Windows Wireless LAN 802.11 Extensibility Framework
   Version: 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247)
   Size: 98304 bytes
   Last modified: 7/25/2012 11:08:51 PM
   Company Name: Microsoft Corporation
   
Some data files used:
C:\Windows\System32
C:\Windows\System32\en-US\wlanext.exe.mui
C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft.windows.common-controls_6595b64144ccf1df_5.82.9200.16658_none_776622cb3175a40c
C:\Windows\WinSxS\amd64_microsoft.windows.gdiplus_6595b64144ccf1df_1.1.9200.16518_none_726fbfe0cc22f012

C:\Windows\System32\en-US\wlanapi.dll.mui

Some registry keys used:
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Sorting\Versions
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SESSION MANAGER
HKU\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Locale
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Locale\Alternate Sorts
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Language Groups
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\crypt32
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Sorting\Ids
HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Cryptography\OID\EncodingType 0\CertDllCreateCertificateChainEngine\Config
HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\SystemCertificates\ROOT

Some DLL libraries used:
C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
C:\Windows\system32\KERNEL32.DLL
C:\Windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
C:\Windows\system32\msvcrt.dll
C:\Windows\system32\RPCRT4.dll
C:\Windows\system32\USER32.dll
C:\Windows\system32\GDI32.dll
C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\sechost.dll
C:\Windows\system32\CRYPTBASE.dll
C:\Windows\system32\bcryptPrimitives.dll

"wlanext.exe" process is not a virus. You should not terminate "wlanext.exe" process.

 

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