How to Disable Wkufind.exe

The wkufind.exe process is used by Microsoft’s PictureIt! application to check for new updates related to it.   The process downloads and installs the updates when they become available.

File Information

By default, you will find the wkufnd.exe file in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\ folder. The most common file size on Windows XP is 50,688 bytes. You may also find the file in 28,672, 28,738, 210,400, 69,632, 36,364, 31,667, 25,601 and 24,588 bytes sizes.

Common Wkufind.exe Problems and Solutions

You may get alarmed when your firewall or antivirus informs you that wkufind.exe is attempting to connect to the Internet. However, this is normal behavior as the process, when set to perform automatic updates, connects to the Internet to check for any available updates for the software.

If the wkufind.exe file is not located in its default folder or if the file is not of the known sizes, the file is quite likely a malware.  If you are unsure of whether or not your computer has been compromised, run a scan using a reliable antivirus and anti-spyware program. Infections are best detected early before causing extreme damage to your system.

Wkufind.exe is known to cause system freezes when you attempt to use features such as Rainbow 6. You may also experience system freezes when the wkufind.exe process tries to check for and download updates. What’s more, if your PC is not currently connected to the Internet, you may notice that the process forces your computer to try to dial your Internet Service Provider, connect to the Internet, and download any available updates.

If you do not use or do not need the PictureIt! application, the best way to resolve this problem will be to disable the automatic update process.  You can do this by following the steps listed below:

How to Disable Wkufind.exe

  1. Open Microsoft PictureIt!
  2. Open an image.
  3. On the Tools menu, select Options.
  4. Clear the Check for updates online check box.
  5. Close the application and reboot your PC.

Although you disable the automatic update process, it is essential for you to keep you software updated. This is the reason why you must manually download and install PictureIt! updates on a regular basis.

Problems related to exe and other program files may also occur if the Windows registry is damaged, corrupt or fragmented. This usually occurs when the registry is filled up with a large amount of unwanted information. In this case, it is best that you scan, clean and repair your registry with the help of a good registry fixer tool, such as PC Health Boost.