What is WINK.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 WINK.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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WINK.exe file information

The process known as WINK.exe belongs to software DebugMode Wink by unknown.

Description: WINK.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file WINK.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 2,372,608 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. WINK.exe is not a Windows core file. The file is able to record keyboard inputs. The program has a visible window. WINK.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 80% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also uninstall DebugMode Wink software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If WINK.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 438,272 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. WINK.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name WINK.exe, for example Spyware.Perfect (detected by Symantec), and MonitoringTool:Win32/PerfectKeylogger (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the WINK.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

Used to capture screens for presentations
  R. Rossouw   (further information)
Capture-SW für Präsentationen und Schulungen
  Thomas   (further information)
ist ein oder gehört zu einem Trojaner
Ich habe Wink mit allen scannern die ich besitze überprüft und nichts gefunden ( habe 3 verschiedene von 3 anbietern)
  Thomas C.  

Summary: Average user rating of WINK.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think WINK.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks WINK.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving WINK issues

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