What is winmonitor.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 winmonitor.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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Winmonitor.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winmonitor
Winmonitor.exe process in Windows Task Manager

There is no information about the producer in the process.

Description: Winmonitor.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winmonitor.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 166,400 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 196,608 bytes or 128,512 bytes. 
There is no file information. Winmonitor.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify winmonitor.exe related errors

If winmonitor.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 128,000 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 166,400 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The winmonitor.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name winmonitor.exe, for example Application.Generic.583148 (detected by F-Secure), and RDN/Generic PUP.x!brh or RDN/Generic PUP.z!ed (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the winmonitor.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If winmonitor.exe has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

It's a virus.
It Plays 2-4 audible ads in different time-intervals. I could so far not delete the file from within Windows. I have, for the moment, set all permissions to 'refused', unchecked heritage. Did not re-appear since 3 hrs. Will have to see what happens after re-start.
  Harvey Powell  
Your not paying attention This program runs the SEARCH from the Start Button "see more results" I removed it along with "toolbarupdater.exe" Removing the updater fixed the problem but had to put back the WinMonitor.exe for search the function.

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

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Best practices for resolving winmonitor issues

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