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 WinVNC.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.
The process known as VNC server for Win32 or TightVNC Win32 Server or VNC Server for Win32 or VNC server for (version X64/win32) or VNC server for win32 or NA server for Win32 or VNC 3.3.7
belongs to software UltraVNC or TightVNC or RealVNC Ltd. - WinVNC or AT&T Research Labs Cambridge - WinVNC or TightVNC Win32 Server or Tridia Corporation WinVNC or VNC or Ultravnc
by UltraVNC (www.uvnc.com) or Constantin Kaplinsky (www.tightvnc.com) or RealVNC (www.realvnc.com) or TightVNC Group or AT&T Research Labs Cambridge (www.att.com) or Tridia or Network-anywhere or UltraVnc (www.uvnc.com).
Description: WinVNC.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file WinVNC.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder (generally C:\Program Files\RealVNC\WinVNC\ or C:\Program Files\ORL\VNC\).
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 712,704 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 474,624 bytes and 43 more variants.
It is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program has no visible window. WinVNC.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
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If WinVNC.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 65% dangerous. The file size is 249,856 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 474,624 bytes, 208,896 bytes, 585,728 bytes or 217,088 bytes. The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. WinVNC.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself.
If WinVNC.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 67% dangerous. The file size is 335,872 bytes (63% of all occurrences), 474,624 bytes, 585,728 bytes or 372,736 bytes. It is not a Windows system file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. WinVNC.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself.
If WinVNC.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 184,320 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 589,824 bytes and 4 more variants.
If WinVNC.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 208,896 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 630,950 bytes or 589,824 bytes.
If WinVNC.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 249,856 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 2,016,504 bytes, 1,590,216 bytes or 364,544 bytes.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WinVNC.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WinVNC.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WinVNC. 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 WinVNC.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.