What is winxp.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 winxp.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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Winxp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winxp
Winxp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The winxp.exe process does not contain any company information.

Description: Winxp.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The winxp.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 256 bytes. 
Winxp.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The winxp.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has a visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). winxp.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as winxp.exe. Therefore, you should check the winxp.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

winxp.exe is a process which is registered as W32.Beagle.AG@mm. "This virus is distributed via the Internet through e-mail and comes in the form of an e-mail message, in the hopes that you open its hostile attachment. " The worm has its own SMTP engine which means it gathers E-mails from your local computer and re-distributes itself. "In worst cases this worm can allow attackers to access your computer, stealing passwords and personal data. "
  Thomas   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of winxp.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks winxp.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving winxp issues

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