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What is winamp.exe?

Winamp.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if winamp.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Winamp.exe file information

The process known as Winamp belongs to software DFX 8 for Winamp or BeatHarness for Winamp (version 2x) or EncFlac or SHOUTcast Source DSP or SqrSoft® Advanced Crossfading or Dolby for Winamp5 by Nullsoft (www.winamp.com).

Description: Winamp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file winamp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder (normally C:\Program Files\Winamp\). Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 1,075,200 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 1,137,664 bytes and 61 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/winamp.exe.html 
Winamp.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Winamp.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you have any problems with winamp.exe, you can look for help from the software company AOL, update the program to the latest version or uninstall Winamp or Winamp Media Player from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs".

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If winamp.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 82,944 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 60,928 bytes and 14 more variants. Winamp.exe is a file without information about the developer of this file. The program has no visible window. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is not a Windows system file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The program uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Winamp.exe is able to monitor applications.

If winamp.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 30% dangerous. The file size is 968,192 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 1,118,720 bytes and 5 more variants. The winamp.exe file is not a Windows core file. Winamp.exe is able to record inputs.

If winamp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 190,714 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 39,428 bytes or 1,144,320 bytes.

If winamp.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 16,064 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "Winamp" definitely not required. Added by the AGOBOT-MC WORM! Note - this is NOT the Winamp Media Player (WinAmpa.exe)

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as winamp.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder, for example Trojan:Win32/Ertfor.B or VirTool:Win32/DelfInject.gen!U (detected by Microsoft), and Mal/EncPk-BP (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the winamp.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

its winamp it cant be dangerous
  roman   (further information)
Media Player (MP3)
Potential security-risc as there where allready many flaws and there will be more. Below link is just bone/b example ;)
  LizzardX   (further information)
Just Winamp....
Just the winamp Executable, download the new version to be secured against hackers...
  Shio   (further information)
Mediaplayer, not dangerous
  z3r0   (further information)
Simple but useful Multi-Media Player. Been using it for many years.
Winamp 5.07 Full
WinAmp Media Player
media player.
  LoY-RoY   (further information)
MP3 player
If you want less (or no) security risk with winamp as well as minimal processor usage I recommend using Winamp 2.8 and disabling the 'check for new versions at startup' check box on the main preferences page. Also disable the 'winampa' service with your 'msconfig' as it is not needed to run the app.
this file is nothing to do with winamp its a worm called Agobot-MC that disguses itself as winamp.
Processo tranquillo,e' winamp player mp3
  PrOgMaTrIx   (further information)
Nullsoft WinAmp media player. Note: in "Preferences", it is good if you disable "Chack for new versions of Winamp at startup" in order to avoid an loop-related exploit.
  m0rph3us   (further information)
Winamp is a free MP3/IT/WMA/ETC player for windows made by Nullsoft. it is completely harmless. I have run this through a VM. winampa.exe loads the base of the Winamp application and asks upd.winamp.nullsoft.com if a version of winamp.exe that is greater than the currently installed is availible. the application itself listens to the internet to get the list of SOUTcast, XM, and AOL radio and video streams. these streams are not monitored by Nullsoft, so user warieness is advised.
This is one of the most popular media player.
  Filipp   (further information)
Nullsoft Winamp player. Preferred over Windows Media Player.
    (further information)
Is part of WINAMP player. Great treat up to bleu screen problems if using lower versions than 5.31, so please update your winamp software immediately. Earlier versions could be hacked.
  Bert   (further information)
Not sure about this. I know it is a media player but I haven't installed it and it starts up when i start up the computer. Also it's sends more than 500 packets to the internet - Not a good thing cause I cant use the internet now. If you're having problems and haven't installed winamp, go to msconfig and disable it. My internet works now...!
Scanned ALL Winamp exe (and associated files) with Norton, Avast, LAVAsoft AD-aware SE, AVG, if in doubt ask WINAMP or an acknowledged expert like Fred Lang
Its just a media player, like iTunes or windows media player
I've found it on an infected clean install of Windows 2003 Server where WinAmp has never been installed. If it's found in windows/system32/, it's definately malware.
It is part of winamp media player, no way it can not be dangerous.
  Steve   (further information)
I never installed the Winamp Player, but my PC shows the winamp.exe process running. I suspect some kind of virus.
No winamp installed of a fresh install of windows but winamp.exe is there. Could not download updates for windows because of this file, killed it in task manager and then could update windows. It is definetly a file to get rid of.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of winamp.exe: based on 37 votes with 27 user comments.
25 users think winamp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 5 users think winamp.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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