What is winmine.exe?

The genuine winmine.exe file is a software component of Minesweeper by Microsoft.
Included with every release of the Windows operating system, Minesweeper is a basic game that involves identifying potential "mines" in a grid of possible spaces. If a space is clicked and a number is revealed, it indicates how many mines are touching that space. Right clicking marks that space with a mine. The object of the game is to identify all mines on the board without left clicking (or "exploding") one. Founded in 1975, Microsoft's flagship product is the Windows operating system, which is installed on over 90% of workstations worldwide.

WinMine stands for Windows Minesweeper

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 winmine.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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Winmine.exe file information

The process known as Spiel "Minesweeper or Notepad++ : a free (GNU) source code editor belongs to software Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows or Notepad by Microsoft ( or Don HO

Description: Winmine.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Winmine.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 84,480 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 75,264 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If winmine.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 0% dangerous. The file size is 120,320 bytes. It is a Windows core system file. The program has a visible window.

If winmine.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 581,632 bytes. The program is not visible. The winmine.exe file is not a Windows system file. Winmine.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as winmine.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example TROJ_DROPPER.ISZ (detected by TrendMicro), and WS.Reputation.1 or Trojan.Coinbitminer (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the winmine.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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Summary: Average user rating of winmine.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks winmine.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving winmine issues

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

To help you analyze the winmine.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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