What is win32.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 win32.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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Win32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with win32
Win32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as win32 belongs to software Project1 by 11.

Description: Win32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Win32.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 390,827 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 9,211,904 bytes, 32,768 bytes or 6,411,212 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The win32.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, Winlogon\Shell). Win32.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 63% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name win32.exe, for example Win32:VBMod (detected by Avast), and TrojanSpy:Win32/Malintent or TrojanClicker:Win32/Hatigh.C (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the win32.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

messinger virus
It was scanned by my spyware and had a "status" of "Trojan"
It is a componant of the MSN Messenger virus. Although I deleted it, it still shows up on my Task Manager as 'inactive'. Its path on my computer is 'C:\windows\xml2\'. That folder contains 'explorer32.exe' (which is the most dangerous componant I think), 'win32.exe' and 'system32.exe'. If you have this virus, go to that folder, block all incoming and outcoming traffic with your firewall and permanently delete the folder and all of it's componants.
error in downloading windows updates
i got a case that it hides within the recycles folder in each drive
is a keylogger
it crashed my friends computer after she tried to factory set it.
has robbed my info/hard to remove
wdelmgr20.exe download
it is a virus that self manipulate the computer
I need it run a game called "Combat Arms".
good software
got a C:\win32.exe who held GPU at 100% workload, and overheated the graphics card, also couldnt play games. Got if from a farming simulator crack. When I killed the process the gpu worked fine again!
  Kim Andre  
Is definitely NOT a Windows system File. It is a virus, and needs removal asap. I'm currently cleaning up a huge mess left behind by it.
I think I got this virus from a crack for a game COD Black ops 2 from some uploader called "skidrowz" not "Skidrow" It also creates a folder called "Kernels" and it contains a file called "processor.bat" and inside a folder poclbm 3 files Also in the temp folder a file called "Patcher.exe" was found. Removing the kernel folder didn't seem to affect anything I am using windows 8.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of win32.exe: based on 33 votes with 15 user comments. 10 users think win32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 16 users think win32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade win32.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving win32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with win32. 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 win32.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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