Most antivirus programs identify mlwps.exe as malware—for example F-Secure identifies it as Application.Agent.HP, and Sophos identifies it as Generic PUA KE (PUA).
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Description: Mlwps.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Mlwps.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 239,104 bytes (53% of all occurrences), 242,688 bytes or 473,600 bytes.
The process is a background process, and the service name is Live Malware Protection. The service keeps your computer malware/virus free by scanning newly downloaded files. If this service is disabled or stopped, your computer might be at risk getting infected with malicious software that can harm your private data.
Mlwps.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The mlwps.exe file is not a Windows core file. Mlwps.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous.
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If mlwps.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 203,776 bytes. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file.
Important: You should check the mlwps.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active mlwps process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the mlwps.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.
Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.