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Can't kill Windows Media Player


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#1 richierein

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 09:38 PM

Lately whenever my system is operating, Windows Media Player starts running without being invoked. When I try to end the process it just starts up again. It's eating up lots of CPU time and slowing down my system. How can I stop this?

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 05:25 AM

hi,first check ,start/allprograms/startup folder and see if anything is set to run at startup ,second scan computer for viruses

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 02:50 PM

Hi. There's nothing in the startup folder and both Malwarebytes AntiMalware and Super Anti-Spyware Free show no infections.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 02:55 PM

Neither of those apps are anti virus utilities. Please run a full scan with your av app. Also, what happens when you boot to startup - does WMP start?

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 12:12 PM

Type services.msc in the start search box. Click on the icon then scroll down to Windows Media Player. Right click on it and choose properties. Set it to manual.

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 06:30 PM

Jacee - All due respect - that has nothing to do with anything.

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 08:34 AM

Do you have a media keyboard? If you do, did you install any software for it?

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 08:53 AM

Lately whenever my system is operating, Windows Media Player starts running without being invoked. When I try to end the process it just starts up again. It's eating up lots of CPU time and slowing down my system. How can I stop this?


Sounds as if WMP Sharing is enabled. Can this be confirmed or denied?

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:25 PM

I have already taken the advice given but nothing seems to resolve this problem. I have Windows Media Player Network Sharing in the list of services. I disabled it but Windows Media Player sometimes appears as an running process. It does not run when the system is started. Sometimes it will appear in an hour or even possibly a day or two. Norton 360 reports no viruses.

Edited by richierein, 09 November 2011 - 11:27 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:08 PM

I'm coming back to this thread again.

1. I have no viruses.
2. Both Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Super Anti-Spyware Free are perfectly clean.
3. WMP service is disabled.
4. WMP does not start when I start my system.
5. WMP is not on my desktop and it is not on my taskbar.
6. WMP seems to start at random times.
7. I presently use VLC Media Player only.
8. If I restart my computer, it will go away for an hour or a day.

When WMP appears, I am unable to end the process with the Task Manager. It goes away for a few seconds and then restarts itself and uses a majority of the available CPU time.

Does anyone have any new ideas or suggestions to remedy this problem?

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:18 PM

Hi again,

I just took a look at Task Manager and to my surprise WMP is no longer running. I haven't restarted since the last time I saw it. I guess that as mysteriously as it appears, it also disappears on its own. Will wonders never cease? I guess I just have to wait it out.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:57 AM

Good morning Richard.

Sorry this issue continues to be ongoing as well as mysterious.

Don't really want to contribute to all the good directions being given here, but rather am wondering about the suggestion in Allan's post (#3) - do you / have you run a Full Scan with what ever anti-virus you've got on your machine?

I only ask because in two posts you've mentioned SAS as well as Malwarebytes (both good apps, which I have on my machine and use) but you make no mention of an AV app.

I use Avast! in concert with the two aforementioned apps but again, as Allan points out, "Neither of those apps are anti virus utilities."

If you have, please disregard the post, but if you haven't, I would strongly urge you to do so.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:57 AM

Hi Winterland,

I have Norton 360 and use it regularly. If you believe Avast would be more effective and it can scan without interfering with Norton 360, I'll give it a try.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 09:19 AM

If VLC is used for media playback, can Windows Media Player not be removed via Add/Remove Programs/Features?
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See that Media Features box is clear > save > exit.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:42 AM

Hi Bludgard,

I have Windows 7. Programs are removed with Control Panel > Programs and Features. Windows Media Player is not listed. How can I remove it?




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