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What is WinRAR.exe?

WinRAR.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if WinRAR.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


WinRAR.exe file information

The process known as WinRAR archiver belongs to software WinRAR archiver or Project1 by Alexander Roshal (www.rarlab.com) or Eugene Roshal or Tamer Zorba.

Description: WinRAR.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WinRAR.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (e.g. C:\Program Files\WinRAR\). Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 916,992 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 881,664 bytes and 48 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/winrar.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The WinRAR.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
If you still experience problems with WinRAR.exe, you can visit the www.win-rar.com support page or uninstall WinRAR or WinRAR archiver software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 7/Vista).

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If WinRAR.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 98% dangerous. The file size is 62,770 bytes. The application has no file description. The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, C:\Windows\win.ini). The WinRAR.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. WinRAR.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications.

If WinRAR.exe is located in the Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 116,224 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, C:\Windows\win.ini). The file is not a Windows system file. WinRAR.exe seems to be a compressed file.

If WinRAR.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 1,793,024 bytes.

If WinRAR.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 1,541,632 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "quicken" definitely not required. CoolWebSearch parasite variant. Note - this is not the file zipping utility also known as WinRAR!
  • "winrar" definitely not required. CoolWebSearch parasite variant. Note - this is not the file zipping utility also known as WinRAR and it's located in C:\Winnt or C:\Windows

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WinRAR.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder, for example Generic.dx (detected by McAfee), and Backdoor.IRC.Bot or WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the WinRAR.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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User Comments

ungefährlich, Entpackungsprogramm ähnlich Winzip
  Dennis  
Is not dangerous, Winrar archiver / Aucun danger, c'est winrar ;) systeme de compression & décompression.
  NHZ  
Not dangerous, excellent archiver for all compressed files.
   
WINRAR = good archiver. Nothing more :P
   
Absolutely not dangerous
  Mauri  
WinRAR the Best..
  Kushtrim  
WinRAR archiver, Helps Windows archive compressed files.
  Toboe10  
i deleted all of the files of winRAR and finally i removed it
   
legit appliaction but there are spywares masking under this name, check out the site
  nelchoc   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of WinRAR.exe: based on 13 votes with 9 user comments.
9 users think WinRAR.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. 2 users think WinRAR.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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