How to remove the winsc virus

Most antivirus programs identify winsc.exe as malware—for instance Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/FakeSpyguard, and Kaspersky identifies it as Packed.Win32.TDSS.aa.

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Winsc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winsc
Winsc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process winsc.exe has no valid information about its manufacturer.

Description: Winsc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winsc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 380,416 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 382,976 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. Winsc.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The winsc.exe file is not a Windows system file. Winsc.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify winsc.exe related errors

Important: You should check the winsc.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 winsc issues

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

Other processes

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