"wmprph.exe" Process on Windows 7

Q

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

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A

"wmprph.exe" process represents "Windows Media Player Rich Preview Handler" program.

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

Boot
   wininit
      services
         svchost
            wmprph

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

Image Name                 Memory   Description
--------------------   ----------   -----------
wmprph.exe               13,968 K   Windows Media Player Rich Preview Handler

Additional information about "wmprph.exe" process:

Command line:
   "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmprph.exe" -Embedding

Programe file information:
   Name: wmprph.exe
   Location: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmprph.exe
   Description: Windows Media Player Rich Preview Handler
   Version: 12.0.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
   Size: 75776 bytes
   Last modified: 7/13/2009 9:39:56 PM
   Company Name: Microsoft Corporation
   
Some data files used:
C:\Windows\System32
C:\Windows\System32\atl.dll
C:\Windows\System32\stdole2.tlb
C:\Windows\System32\wmp.dll
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmprph.exe
C:\Users\fyicenter\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\thumbcache_idx.db

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
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\PREFERENCES
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Health\{558F83B4-8AEF-43CD-AAB0-7BFC8E3FD970}
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Preferences
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts

Some DLL libraries used:
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.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\system32\GDI32.dll
C:\windows\system32\USER32.dll
C:\windows\system32\LPK.dll

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

 

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