Most antivirus programs identify winLoad32.exe as malware—such as BitDefender identifies it as Trojan.Generic.4877751, and McAfee identifies it as Generic PUP.x!bd.
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Description: WinLoad32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WinLoad32.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32.
The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 61,440 bytes.
The application has no file description. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous.
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If winLoad32.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 64,784 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. WinLoad32.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. winLoad32.exe appears to be a compressed file.
If winLoad32.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 44,032 bytes. The application has no file description. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows core file. winLoad32.exe appears to be a compressed file.
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Important: You should check the winLoad32.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active winLoad32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the winLoad32.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.
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