What is winampa.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 winampa.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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Winampa.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winampa
Winampa.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Winamp or Winamp Agent belongs to software Winamp or Winamp Agent by NullSoft ( or Nullsoft (

Description: Winampa.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file winampa.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder (e.g. C:\Program Files\Winamp\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 74,752 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 36,352 bytes and 13 more variants. 
The winampa.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no file description. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Winampa.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with winampa.exe, you may also do the following:
  1) uninstall Winamp or Winamp3 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) search the support area on the Winamp website.

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

I have Winamp installed, but never used it. Why would Winampa.exe all of a sudden show up on my Task Manager on top of all others without me calling it?
If you have never install Winamp and this file is in your pc you have problem ...
this is Winamp. and for thoes who havent downloaded it. Winamp.dll ( process ) comes with windows package like "explorer" dose.. please people -_-*
I was running AVG scan , and at the same time , i opened task manager , this was the first process on the list...i dont understand why , and i have not opened Winamp for more than a day now , but when i went to see the location of this file , it was not in system32 folder , but it is where my winamp is installed.
it couses pc, to run .mp3-s that i never had, and i've not installed winamp, this is a fucking virus, for this moment have no idea how to fix it out!!!!!
Any virus can be called winampa.exe
in the registry it has keys totally separated from other winamp values... weird. I uninstalled winamp ith a professional uninstaller and understood this winampa is really a trojan. delete it! don't hesitate.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of winampa.exe: based on 130 votes with 9 reviews. 61 users think winampa.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 24 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 13 users suspect danger. 28 users think winampa.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade winampa.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving winampa issues

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