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What Is Wkufind.exe?

The process wkufind.exe is recorded to be associated with Microsoft Picture-It. The primary function of this process is to check for updates for Microsoft Picture-It.

By default, the process loads automatically whenever Windows loads. You can find the entry for the exe file in the registry in the following location:


Wkufind.exe is a non-critical process and you can prevent it from starting automatically if you wish. To do this, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Run dialog box, type msconfig, and then press Enter.
  3. In the System Configuration dialog box, click Startup.
  4. Uncheck the box before wkufind.exe.
  5. Click the Apply button to save your changes.
  6. Click OK.

Process Behavior

A peculiar, although not abnormal, behavior of this process is that if you are not connected to the Internet, the process tries to dial your Internet Service Provider to establish an Internet connection. Wkufind.exe does this so that it can update Microsoft Picture-It.

Many users complain that the process regularly causes their computer to freeze up. In case you are experiencing this problem, and don’t require Microsoft Picture-It application, it is best that you disable the process.

To do this, perform the steps listed below:

  1. Double-click the Picture-It icon on your desktop.
  2. Open a picture.
  3. Click Tools.
  4. Click Options.
  5. Uncheck the box before Check for updates online.
  6. Exit Picture-It.
  7. Restart Windows.

Wkufind.exe – Security Report

Wkufind.exe is a safe process and is not recorded to be associated with malware. With that said, you need to be aware of the fact that malware programs often disguise themselves by using the same or similar names as genuine processes. So, if you happen to notice a slightly misspelled wkufind.exe process running on your computer then you need to take proper action as your computer may be infected.

Remember, prior to running a malware scan, you should always make sure that your antimalware software is up to date with the latest malware definitions and security updates. Next, reboot Windows in Safe Mode, and then run a complete malware scan.