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What is it?
Windows On Windows Execution - wowexec.exe

What does it do?
In addition to the 16-bit applications, each NTVDM process includes a heartbeat thread that interrupts every 55 milliseconds to simulate a timer interrupt, and the Wowexec.exe thread, which helps to create 16-bit tasks and to handle the delivery of the 16-bit interrupt. This thread supports 16-bit Windows applications in a 32-bit Windows environment. The WOW subsystem provides an NTVDM where all Win16 applications run. You will see the heartbeat and Wowexec threads when monitoring 16-bit applications.

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Virus Precautions:
You'll want to keep an eye on this google search for any known viruses. The normal location of this file is C:windowssystem32wowexec.exe


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wowexec.exe is a Windows System File and should be in a system directory. If it is then this application is safe.

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User Comments
Andu" wowexec.exe" keep running on my winxp. kaspersky and zone alarm says it's ok but i can't share anything and my sound driver cracks
ExactExact is a Dutch bookkeeping program. It will occassionally shut down and then you cannot restart. If so, shut down WOWEXEC.exe and you can start Exact again. Now in Dutch: Exact blijft wel eens hangen. Als je het afsluit wil het niet opnieuw opstarten. Oplossing: WOWEXEC.exe afsluiten en dan kun je opnieuw Exact opstarten zonder problemen.
Windows Files
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