What is winzip32.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 winzip32.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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Winzip32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winzip32
Winzip32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as WinZip or WinZip Executable belongs to software WinZip by WinZip Computing ( or WinZip Computing, S.L or WinZip Computing LP (

Description: Winzip32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Winzip32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,425,471 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 11,458,888 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The winzip32.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. Winzip32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 12% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to completely remove WinZip (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), ask the software vendor,, for advice or update the program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as winzip32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the winzip32.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

winzip32.exe is WinZip archiving utility. WinZip is used to create, view and decompress archives stored in the Zip file format.

Summary: Average user rating of winzip32.exe: based on 4 votes with 1 user comment. 3 users think winzip32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks winzip32.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving winzip32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with winzip32. 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 winzip32.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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