How to remove the windows32 virus

Most antivirus programs identify windows32.exe as malware—e.g. BitDefender identifies it as Trojan.Generic.2297160 or Generic.Banker.Delf.E93B3F78, and McAfee identifies it as PWS-Banker.

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Windows32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with windows32
Windows32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: Windows32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Windows32.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 53,248 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 43,520 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\RunServicesOnce, NT\Load, MACHINE\RunOnce, RunOnce). Windows32.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 84% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the windows32.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

This is a virus. Appeared in path: c:\documents and settings\owner\application data\windows32.exe
  munyeca   (further information)
At this writing, undetected by anti-virus programs. Attempted to run without permission. Also found an identical sized file rundll32-.txt in the same locztion. No entries in the registry found so it tried to run using an alternate method.
  Shadow Wolf  
-i know it does not let you download imvu
  kristal n richomn  
just that i need it and it is missing

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Summary: Average user rating of windows32.exe: based on 8 votes with 4 user comments. 4 users think windows32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think windows32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade windows32.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving windows32 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active windows32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the windows32.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 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.

Other processes

windows32.exe [all]