How to remove the wind0ws virus

Most antivirus programs identify wind0ws.exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as, and F-Secure identifies it as Gen:Trojan.Heur.dm0@X4Ngvyni.

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Wind0ws.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wind0ws
Wind0ws.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as WSWE belongs to software EXPLORER by Leithauser Research.

Description: Wind0ws.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file wind0ws.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 49,152 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows system file. Wind0ws.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify wind0ws.exe related errors

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Important: You should check the wind0ws.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.


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Best practices for resolving wind0ws issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active wind0ws process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the wind0ws.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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