Wermgr.exe | Application Error [Problem Reporting]

Has your Windows-operating computer experienced issues as a result of the Wermgr executable process? This executable process takes up a significant chunk of internet bandwidth to function which can cause serious issues for users with slow or limited bandwidth.

The process has also been linked to security concerns. This article will expand on what Wermgr.exe is, detail how to resolve the bandwidth issues, and examine other problems Wermgr.exe may create for your computer.

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What is Wermgr.exe?

Wermgr.exe is an executable process that handles errors produced within the Windows operating system. Its main purpose is to send crash and bug reports in order to properly assign causes for program crashes on your computer.

The name is an acronym that stands for Windows Error Reporting Manager and it is a Microsoft-signed file, so it is not necessarily unsafe. However, some users have reportedly encountered viruses as a result of what appears at first glance to be the Wermgr executable process. This issue will be explicated further in the next section.

Wermgr.exe Virus

Wermgr.exe is a secure executable process at its fundamental level, but it can be easily mimicked or tampered with for malicious purposes. Many malware programs are designed to mimic system processes with elevated privileges in order to avoid security scans. Wermgr.exe is one of these processes that is frequently mimicked which leads users to believe that the process itself is unsafe.

There are more ostensible giveaways that the process you may believe to be Wermgr.exe is actually malware in disguise. These can include slight variations in the file name such as “weermgr.exe” or variations in where the file is located on your computer.

If it is located anywhere other than C:\Windows\System32, then it is most likely a virus. If you believe you have downloaded a virus onto your computer, then the first step moving forward would be to scan your system with a malware removal software such as Microsoft Safety Scanner. 

Wermgr.exe Bandwidth Usage Issues

Even without its virus mimics, Wermgr.exe can cause problems for your computer in another way, overconsuming your bandwidth. If you have unlimited bandwidth on your computer, you will probably never run into this issue.

However, for users with slow and limited bandwidth, Wermgr.exe’s gigabytes of bandwidth consumption can make your computer nearly unusable. If this is an issue you are encountering, the following section will outline some troubleshooting methods to tone down the process’s bandwidth usage.

How to Fix Wermgr.exe Bandwidth Usage Issues

The bandwidth usage issues caused by Wermgr.exe may feature several tangential catalysts that are enhancing the issue. Fortunately, these tangential causes require fairly simple solutions. This section will detail these solutions in a precise manner so be sure to follow them as exactly as possible.

1. Install All the Pending Windows Updates

It is important to note that these issues have already been addressed by Microsoft with several hotfixes applied to all recent Windows versions, 7 and onward.

Therefore, a crucial first step before moving forward with any of these troubleshooting methods would be to ensure that you have the latest Windows operating system updated onto your computer. To check for pending or available updates, follow these three steps.

  1. Open a ‘Run’ window using the Windows key + ‘R’.
  2. Type “control update” into the dialog box and hit ‘Enter’.
  3. This will open the ‘Windows Update’ screen which will display a button labeled ‘Check for Updates’.


Once you hit this button, simply follow the on-screen prompts to install all pending updates onto your computer, bringing your operating system up to date. If there were any pending updates available, then it is likely that your computer is running much more effectively now that you have installed the most recent updates. If not, move on to the next troubleshooting method.


2. Uninstall the App that is Crashing

If you have recently, or ever, installed a 3rd party application onto your computer, it is possible that Wermgr.exe is gathering an overabundance of bug reports from this application.

This issue will persist as long as the application is installed on your computer, so if the application is not vital or necessary to your computer’s operation, it is recommended that you simply uninstall the application. To uninstall an application on Windows, follow these four steps.


  1. Open a ‘Run’ window using the Windows key + ‘R’.
  2. Type “appwiz.cpl” into the dialog box and hit ‘Enter’.
  3. Once in ‘Programs and Features’ navigate to the application you believe to be causing the problem and select it to uninstall the application.
  4. Once uninstalled, reboot your computer and see if the issue persists.


3. Disable Wermgr.exe

Finally, if none of these tangential causes are the root of your bandwidth usage issues, you can disable Wermgr.exe on your computer, although this is not recommended. Disabling the Wermgr.exe process will not break your operating system, but your computer will lose the ability to send error reports to Microsoft.

It might also prevent you from receiving error messages when applications on your computer crash. If the issues Wermgr.exe are creating for your computer are bad enough, and the troubleshooting methods listed above do not work, then follow these six steps to disable Wermgr.exe.

  1. Open a ‘Run’ window using the Windows key + ‘R’.
  2. Type “services.msc” into the dialog box and hit ‘Enter’.
  3. Once in the ‘Services’ screen, navigate to ‘Windows Error Reporting Service’.
  4. Right-click on ‘Windows Error Reporting Service’ and select ‘Properties’ in the corresponding menu.
  5. Once in the ‘Properties’ screen, change the ‘Startup Type’ from ‘Automatic’ to ‘Manual’.
  6. Reboot your system, Wermgr.exe should no longer be in your Task Manager.


In Conclusion

Ultimately, Wermgr.exe is not inherently a harmful service on your computer. It is a fairly important aspect of your Windows operating system and only in severe cases should it be disabled on your computer.

However, especially with executables, it is crucial to make sure that you have downloaded the correct file, as any slight discrepancies might mean you have downloaded a virus. Be sure when downloading .exe files, refrain from downloading extraneous, unnecessary applications, and maintain your computer to prevent these issues from ever occurring on your computer in the first place.