What is wintmr.exe?

The genuine wintmr.exe file is a software component of Salfeld Child Control by Salfeld.
Wintmr.exe is an executable file that is a part of Salfeld Child Control, a security software designed to enable underage children to safely browse the Internet. This process uses a system timer to lock a user account after a set period of time, useful for logging out children during bedtime. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Salfeld Child Control features controls to limit PC and internet usage, Internet filters, download blocking, usage reporting, etc. Salfeld is a German company that develops security software. Salfeld sells Internet security solutions to companies as well as private users. Salfeld's flagship products include Win Control, User Control, and Child Control.

WinTmr stands for Windows Timer

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 wintmr.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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Wintmr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wintmr
Wintmr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Salfeld Security Software or Salfeld Tray Information belongs to software unknown by Salfeld Computer ( or Salfeld Computer GmbH (

Description: Wintmr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wintmr.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,216,824 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 2,886,320 bytes and 7 more variants. 
There is no file information. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\Run, Userinit). The program has no visible window. Wintmr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications, manipulate other programs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with wintmr.exe, you can uninstall Salfeld Computer software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If wintmr.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 2,482,864 bytes. The program has a visible window. The process has no file description. Wintmr.exe is not a Windows system file. The file has a digital signature. Wintmr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as wintmr.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the wintmr.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

It locks you out of your computer at certain times of the day
kindersicherung, weg damit :)

  Dierk Salfeld   (further information)
Part of Child control, Parental control software. Locking a person out at certain times of day is an intended function of the program.
  racecaraz   (further information)
Salfeld Kindersicherung
  Matthias Kramer   (further information)
its for salfeld´s user/win/child control programs. It controls computer access
  Ulrik   (further information)
Salfeld Kindersicherung 2006
This is the program used by Salfeld Child Control to count-down and eventually lock an account out of the computer till the next day.
Yes, it is the tray icon for Salfeld's "Child Control" software. It is needed if you have Child ontrol installed.
  rduke15   (further information)
Böse sache -- Kindersicherung
Salfeld Kindersicherung is a program used to control access to the PC. Blocking users out is part of its function
    (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of wintmr.exe: based on 12 votes with 11 user comments. 6 users think wintmr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think wintmr.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving wintmr issues

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