What is WinSweep.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 WinSweep.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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WinSweep.exe file information

The process known as WinSweep belongs to software WINSWEEP (version 3) or WinSweep (version 7) by Software-Entwicklung Frank Oliver Dzewas.

Description: WinSweep.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WinSweep.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 331,776 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 200,704 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. WinSweep.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file. WinSweep.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using WinSweep.exe, you can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramWinSweep.

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If WinSweep.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 34% dangerous. The file size is 864,768 bytes. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, User Shell Folders). The WinSweep.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using WinSweep.exe, you can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramWinSweep 7.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WinSweep.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WinSweep.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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Best practices for resolving WinSweep issues

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