What is Win32sl.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 Win32sl.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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Win32sl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Win32sl
Win32sl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as WIN32SL belongs to software DMI 2.0s SDK or Compaq Management Agents or Insight Management Agent or DMI 2.0 SDK by Intel ( or Smart Technology Enablers.

Description: Win32sl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The Win32sl.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mainly C:\Program Files\Compaq\Compaq Management Agents\Dmi\Win32\bin\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 215,552 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 249,344 bytes, 303,875 bytes, 303,104 bytes or 184,320 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. Win32sl.exe is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Win32sl.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall the software Compaq Management Agents or Insight Management Agent using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Win32sl.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Win32sl.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

Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation
Dell OpenManage - used by netadmins to monitor and obtain information on all systems on their domain.
allows others to access your pc. if not using , uninstall program compaq managment agent and it will go away
  Doug G  
It accesses the internet several times a week. For no reason I give it. I block it with firewall. Backtrace showed IP address in china
  Doug G  
Dell Open Manage There are two versions. 1) DMI Service Layer, contains a collection of MIFs and allows component access. 2) It contains a collection of MOFs for access.

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Summary: Average user rating of Win32sl.exe: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think Win32sl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Win32sl issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Win32sl. 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 Win32sl.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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