What is wins.exe?

The genuine wins.exe file is a software component of Windows Internet Name Service by Microsoft.
A background process for very early versions of Microsoft Windows, this application provides IP address resolution to domain names. It is the immediate predecessor to modern DNS and is no longer supported. Founded in 1975, Microsoft's flagship product is the Windows operating system, which is installed on over 90% of workstations worldwide.

WINS stands for Windows Internet Name Service

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 wins.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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Wins.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wins
Wins.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Provides Internet Name Service appears to belong to software Windows Internet Name Service or Explorer by Smart-X or YTl1VBzVn.

Description: Wins.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wins.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,726,784 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 4,603,392 bytes and 24 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The wins.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Wins.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name wins.exe, for example Artemis!3D7582130345 or Artemis!695B9884BA2D (detected by McAfee), and Mal/Generic-L (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the wins.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

Sends out Denial of Service Attacks
  Tom Pietrosanti  
Hides Itself As A Windows DNS File, Sends Out TCP/IP Overflow Packets
closes ie when looking to remove it

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of wins.exe: based on 6 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think wins.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think wins.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving wins issues

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