What is dosxnt.386?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the dosxnt.386 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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Dosxnt.386 file information

The dosxnt.386 process does not contain any indication of the producer (the software author) or the software with which it is associated.

Description: Dosxnt.386 is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The dosxnt.386 file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 9,343 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: system.ini). It is not a Windows system file. dosxnt.386 appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify dosxnt.386 related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dosxnt.386, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the dosxnt.386 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

Stammt aus MSVC Visual C++ oder MASM6.11 und ist ein Virtueller Geräte Treiber
Windows driver for DOS programs using Microsoft's DOSXMSF memory manager. Found with programs compiled uisng Microsoft's PowerStation Fortran V1.0
  J Dudley  

Summary: Average user rating of dosxnt.386: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think dosxnt.386 is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving dosxnt issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with dosxnt. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the dosxnt.386 process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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