How to remove the winsched virus

Most antivirus programs identify winsched.exe as malware—for instance Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/Orsam!rts, and Avast identifies it as Win32:Trojan-gen.

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Winsched.exe file information

The process known as winsched.exe belongs to software Windows TaskAd by unknown.

Description: Winsched.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winsched.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 274,418 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 262,626 bytes or 262,644 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file. winsched.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If winsched.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 18,037 bytes. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. Winsched.exe is able to monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with winsched.exe, you may want to uninstall Windows TaskAd software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Important: You should check the winsched.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

WinSched.exe is an advertising program by WindUpdates. This process monitors your browsing habits and distributes the data back to the author's servers for analysis. This also prompts advertising popups. This program is a registered security risk and should be removed immediately.
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  Sahin Okay   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of winsched.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user suspects danger. One user thinks winsched.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving winsched issues

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

Other processes

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