What is WinPatrolEx.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 WinPatrolEx.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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WinPatrolEx.exe file information

The process known as WinPatrol Explorer belongs to software WinPatrol (version 2007) by BillP Studios (

Description: WinPatrolEx.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WinPatrolEx.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 390,720 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 813,640 bytes, 406,720 bytes, 476,736 bytes or 562,488 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The WinPatrolEx.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. WinPatrolEx.exe is not a Windows core file. WinPatrolEx.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Winpatrol provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ WinPatrol or WinPatrol 2007).

Recommended: Identify WinPatrolEx.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WinPatrolEx.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WinPatrolEx.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.


User Comments

It's just Scotty the watchdog running in the background. If you have WinPatrol installed, you WANT this running. If you never installed WinPatrol though, get rid of it. Not a critical file so it's safe to disable and remove if needed.

Summary: Average user rating of WinPatrolEx.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks WinPatrolEx.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving WinPatrolEx issues

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