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Windows 7: wmplayer.exe runs without being invoked

09 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit SP1
wmplayer.exe runs without being invoked

Periodically I check my CPU usage especially is the system seems to be slowing down. Whether it is an hour or a day, wmplayer.exe mysteriously appears and consumes a tremendous amount of CPU time. Windows Media Player is neither on my desktop nor my taskbar and I almost never use it. I prefer using VLC Media Player.

When I terminate the process, wmplayer.exe, using the Task Manager, it stops temporarily, about 5 seconds, and then suddenly reappears and takes over the computer again by consuming most of the CPU time. The only way I can remove it is to restart my computer.

I believe the computer is free of viruses and other infections. I use Norton 360 for anti-virus and periodically perform complete scans with both Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Super Anti-Spyware Free

Does anyone have a suggestion to rid myself of this problem?

Richard Rein. :)

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09 Apr 2012   #2
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64

See if this helps; Disable Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service in the services.msc
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09 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit SP1

Thanks for trying but it is already disabled.
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