What is winsvr.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 winsvr.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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Winsvr.exe file information

The process known as Salfeld Security Software or Visual Basic Command Line Compiler or downbotnew belongs to software downbotnew or Microsoft Visual Studio (version 2005) by Salfeld Computer ( or Microsoft (

Description: Winsvr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Winsvr.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,035,200 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 2,204,160 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. There is no file information. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Winsvr.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has a visible window. Winsvr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If winsvr.exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 11,264 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The file is not a Windows core file. winsvr.exe appears to be a compressed file.

If winsvr.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 0% dangerous. The file size is 1,171,520 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is a Microsoft signed file. Winsvr.exe is digitally signed. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It is not a Windows system file. Winsvr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as winsvr.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the winsvr.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

kindersicherung von sysinternals
kindersicherung2004-2005 usw...Wenn man die Kisi nutzt, dann Wichtig die datei
salfeld kindersicherung
Die Datei "WINSVR.EXE" gehört zum Programm "Kindersicherung 2006" & überwacht im Hintergrund die Nutzungsdauer des PC für die verschiedenen Benutzer. Die Funktion ist über ein DOS-Programm ähnliches Symbol im Systemtray aufrufbar, abänderbar & zu beender (mit Passworteingabe). Wenn es sich um die zum Programm zugehörige Originaldatei handelt, ist sie völlig ungefährlich. Nach der Deinstallation des Programms Kindersicherung bleibt oft der Autostarteintrag für die "WINSVR.EXE" erhalten. Er kann im REG-Schlüssel : [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] gelöscht werden.

Summary: Average user rating of winsvr.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think winsvr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving winsvr issues

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