How to remove the winnit virus

Most antivirus programs identify winnit.exe as malware—for example McAfee identifies it as Artemis!60494FCEF9C2, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Gen.

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Winnit.exe file information

The process known as Micro Net belongs to software Micro Net by Microsoft (

Description: Winnit.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The winnit.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,710,016 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 2,444,800 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The software has no file description. Winnit.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 69% dangerous.

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If winnit.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 175,616 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, Run). It is not a Windows core file. Winnit.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs.

Important: You should check the winnit.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 winnit issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active winnit process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the winnit.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.

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.

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