What is winsvc.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 winsvc.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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Winsvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winsvc
Winsvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows services manager or HQ License maker/manager for Nero (version 9.0) belongs to software WinSvc or pMiner by Microsoft ( or BetaMaster.

Description: Winsvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 86,016 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 139,264 bytes and 12 more variants. 
The software has no file description. The program is not visible. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Run). The winsvc.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name winsvc.exe, for example Mal/Generic-S (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.


User Comments

  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.
trojan downloader. Removed easily with avg free
It also gets onto usb

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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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Best practices for resolving winsvc issues

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