What is windpmi.386?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the windpmi.386 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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Windpmi.386 file information

The WINDPMI.386 process contains no information about its author.

Description: Windpmi.386 is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The windpmi.386 file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 17,996 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: system.ini). The file is not a Windows core file. windpmi.386 appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as windpmi.386. Therefore, you should check the windpmi.386 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 windpmi issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with windpmi. 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 windpmi.386 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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