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What is winsvc.exe?

Winsvc.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if winsvc.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


Winsvc.exe file information

The process known as WINS Client or Windows services manager or HQ License maker/manager for Nero (version 9.0) belongs to software WinSvc or Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or BetaMaster.

Description: Winsvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. winsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 86,016 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 139,264 bytes and 11 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/winsvc.exe.html 
The software has no file description. The program is not visible. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). The winsvc.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 65% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

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If winsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 65% dangerous. The file size is 731,648 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 799,334 bytes or 728,567 bytes. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The application uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Winsvc.exe is able to hide itself.
If problems with Java 2 Runtime Environment come up, you can remove the entire program using Windows Control Panel.

If winsvc.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 63,308 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 111,721 bytes or 36,864 bytes. The winsvc.exe file is a file without information about the developer of this file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows system file.

If winsvc.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 86% dangerous. The file size is 88,064 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 196,608 bytes.

If winsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 693,837 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "Generic Host Process for Win32 Services" definitely not required. Added by the SDBOT-O WORM!
  • "Microsoft Service" definitely not required. Added by the SPYBOT-DB WORM!

Important: Some malware also uses the file name winsvc.exe, for example Mal/Packer (detected by Sophos), and TROJ_GEN.RC1C7JM or WORM_PHORPIEX.AG (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the winsvc.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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User Comments

keyloger
  RA   (further information)
I know it's a trojan/keylogger and need to know how to delete it. It seems to also be blocking me from performing a system restore.
  Rick Bost  
It is a confirmed trojan/keylogger, and should be removed as soon as possible.
  RIley  
trojan downloader. Removed easily with avg free
  logic  
It also gets onto usb
  Chattaboxa  

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Summary: Average user rating of winsvc.exe: based on 11 votes with 5 user comments.
One user suspects danger. 10 users think winsvc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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