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While the name could be meaningless, wfwvkdyl.exe could possibly be a manifest ion of a virus.

What is wfwvkdyl.exe?

I occasionally get questions about strange filenames, and this is a good example. The name is apparently meaningless, and there's nothing to be found on it out on the internet.

My belief is that this is a manifest ion of a virus (or maybe spyware). Several viruses are known to generate random names for the files they leave behind on infected machines.

My advice as always is get a good virus scanner, keep the virus database up to date, and scan regularly. Same story for spyware.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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Eli Coten
July 8, 2006 6:15 PM

I can't see any good reason why a legitamate file would have a name like that. On a number of occasions I have been clearing up spyware/virus infested computers and come across files with names similar to that above (just a string of random characters.exe) So far none of the files with such a name has been picked up by any virus checker that I have tried, so I just delete them manually and remove any registry entries that cause them to run on startup.

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