What is WinSSHD.exe?

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 WinSSHD.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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WinSSHD.exe file information

The process known as Bitvise SSH Server belongs to software Bitvise WinSSHD by Bitvise (

Description: WinSSHD.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The WinSSHD.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,448,832 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 3,474,216 bytes or 5,755,088 bytes. 
The program is not visible. WinSSHD.exe is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The file has a digital signature. WinSSHD.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with WinSSHD.exe, you can also uninstall Bitvise WinSSHD software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify WinSSHD.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WinSSHD.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WinSSHD.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

Part of the BitVISE Windows-based SSH demon. It is safe as long as it is kept up-to-date.
  iwm21   (further information)
Windows SSH server, not dangerous. Better to use it instead of FTP or telnet server...
  Fabione   (further information)
the great SSH software in the net
  make zhou   (further information)
SSH server for Windows. Gives remote access to the computer. OK if you installed it. Remove if someone else did.
  Dan   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of WinSSHD.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think WinSSHD.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving WinSSHD issues

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

To help you analyze the WinSSHD.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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