What is winmedia.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 winmedia.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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Winmedia.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winmedia
Winmedia.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The file does not contain indication of the product name or copyright holder. In Windows Task Manager, it appears simply as winmedia.exe.

Description: Winmedia.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winmedia.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,202,919 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 378,944 bytes. 
There is no file information. The winmedia.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Winmedia.exe is able to connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 89% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name winmedia.exe, for example Trojan.Win32.Buzus.uib (detected by F-Secure), and WORM_MAINBOT.MMS (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the winmedia.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 winmedia issues

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