How to remove the winsrc.dll malware

Some anti-malware programs classify winsrc.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance Packed.Generic.187 or Downloader.MisleadApp (detected by Symantec), and Trojan:Win32/Yektel.A or Rogue:Win32/FakeXPA (detected by Microsoft). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated winsrc.dll software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about winsrc.dll and how to get rid of it.

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Winsrc.dll file information

The process winsrc.dll contains no information about the creator.

Description: Winsrc.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The winsrc.dll file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 287,232 bytes (8% of all occurrences), 321,536 bytes and 29 more variants. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 037C7B8A-151A-49E6-BAED-CC05FCB50328. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Winsrc.dll is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. There is no detailed description of this service. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 92% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify winsrc.dll related errors

Important: Some malware also uses the file name winsrc.dll, for example Packed.Generic.187 or Downloader.MisleadApp (detected by Symantec), and Trojan:Win32/Yektel.A or Rogue:Win32/FakeXPA (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the winsrc.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If winsrc.dll has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Summary: Average user rating of winsrc.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks winsrc.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving winsrc issues

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

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