What is cpinit.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the cpinit.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Cpinit.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with cpinit
Cpinit.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process itself does not provide any dependable information about its developer or its associated software.

Description: Cpinit.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The cpinit.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 114,688 bytes. 
It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ City Guide.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as cpinit.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the cpinit.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.


User Comments

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Summary: Average user rating of cpinit.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks cpinit.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving cpinit issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with cpinit. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the cpinit.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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