What is win32.exe?

The genuine win32.exe file is a software component of STARTPAGE TROJAN.
Trojan worms can remotely execute programs and run commands, use a keylogger to track keyboard entries, send data across networks and spread copies of itself. Win32.exe is known to spread through chat applications such as the MSN messenger. Trojans are known to steal user passwords and personal data by allowing hackers access to the computer. If you find yourself a victim of identity theft, please follow these steps: Inform your bank or financial institution that you are a victim of identity theft so that they may monitor your accounts or change and/or change your account numbers. Change all stolen passwords only from a clean computer. Changing passwords from the same infected computer may not be an effective solution as the new password will likely be stolen again. Use a dedicated anti-virus or anti-malware software to scan and clean the infected computer.

Win32 stands for Windows 32-bit component for MSN Messenger Virus

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 appears to belong 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 the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 273,920 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 55,300 bytes and 6 more variants. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, Winlogon\Shell). Win32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, manipulate other programs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with win32.exe, you can also remove the entire program Guardião - Itaú 30 horas using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name win32.exe, for example Win32:VBMod (detected by Avast), and Worm:Win32/Rebhip.A or TrojanSpy:Win32/Malintent (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.

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Summary: Average user rating of win32.exe: based on 34 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. 5 users suspect danger. 16 users think win32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 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 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 win32.exe 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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