How to remove the winsx virus

Most antivirus programs identify winsx.exe as malware—e.g. BitDefender identifies it as Gen:Variant.Graftor.40370, and Kaspersky identifies it as HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic.

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Winsx.exe file information

The process known as Windows belongs to software Windows by Windows (

Description: Winsx.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winsx.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 352,256 bytes. 
It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. Winsx.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 65% dangerous.

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If winsx.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 98% dangerous. The file size is 33,115 bytes. There is no description of the program. Winsx.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows core file.

Important: You should check the winsx.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 winsx issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active winsx process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the winsx.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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