What is winsvc32.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 winsvc32.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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Winsvc32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winsvc32
Winsvc32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper or Project1 appears to belong to software Microsoft Setup Bootstrapper or Project1 by Microsoft (

Description: Winsvc32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winsvc32.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 345,252 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Run). It is not a Windows core file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Winsvc32.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If winsvc32.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 73% dangerous. The file size is 512,039 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 30,208 bytes or 102,912 bytes. The program is not visible. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Winsvc32.exe is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. Winsvc32.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name winsvc32.exe, for example W32.Spybot.Worm or W32.IRCBot (detected by Symantec), and WORM_Generic.DIT or BKDR_Generic.DIT (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the winsvc32.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

Trojan horse, signature is Generic13.BBES by AVG antivirus free edition
  Dan Zhang  

Summary: Average user rating of winsvc32.exe: based on 3 votes with 1 user comment. 3 users think winsvc32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving winsvc32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with winsvc32. 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.

To help you analyze the winsvc32.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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