What is sysinit.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 sysinit.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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Sysinit.exe file information

The process known as sysinit appears to belong to software Toolwiz Time Freeze (version 2014) by unknown.

Description: Sysinit.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Sysinit.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 16,896 bytes. 
The application has no file description. The sysinit.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Sysinit.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 90% dangerous.

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If sysinit.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 20,480 bytes. The process has no file description. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using sysinit.exe, you might want to use the software publisher's support site or completely remove Toolwiz Time Freeze 2014 (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name sysinit.exe, for example Downloader (detected by Symantec), and Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.auzy (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the sysinit.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.


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Best practices for resolving sysinit issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sysinit. 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 sysinit.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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