What is WRSA.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 WRSA.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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WRSA.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WRSA
WRSA.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Webroot SecureAnywhere belongs to software Webroot SecureAnywhere by Webroot.

Description: WRSA.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The WRSA.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 873,072 bytes (4% of all occurrences), 840,264 bytes and 53 more variants. 
It is certified by a trustworthy company. WRSA.exe is not a Windows core file. The WRSA.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). WRSA.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with WRSA.exe come up, you can also uninstall the software Webroot SecureAnywhere using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WRSA.exe. Therefore, you should check the WRSA.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 is the instalation file for Webroot Antivirus. It is tricky to delete.
I believe it is a part of Webroot Secure Anywhere, an antivirus by Webroot.
  Anthony Ward  
i know it is a installed app and hard to remove
  red ryder  
WRSA runs for long periods, maybe 45 minutes at or soon after initial startup. That run time interferes and or prevents running other programs. Would you recommend I uninstall and then reinstall my Webroot Secure Anywhere program?
  Martin B. High  
If Webroot anti virus is installed then that's what it is.
if wrsa is slowing your boot time then turn off the automatic scan at startup. i have mine set to run at night when i'm in bed. this is the best scanner out there!
  john cajka   (further information)
My antivirus software (Avast) identifies this as Trojan.
  Norm Pence  
WRSA.exe is an antivirus program with a checkered past in efficiency. Generally speaking it doesn't do well identifying actual viruses, but is great at blocking phishing attempts. With wrsa, avoid clicking unclear links and your PC should stay quite clean.
  Tim Smithen  
I know its part of my Webroot program. I have used Webroot for over 5 years and I love its ease of use and protection of my machines and data.
I delete it. It took 25% memory and causes my new laptop running like crazy. I just use uninstall from Control panel to get rid of it.
Antivirus software. Webroot SecureAnywhere in control panel files. May slow pc performance.
  OS is Best  
an antivirus program, often used by business and home users. If you cant uninstall it, contact your Webroot admin.
  Custom Override   (further information)
I got Webroot popup (WRSA.exe) which asked. Do you want the program to change you computer. I accidently hit yes. It wipe out my internet access and inhibited my restore access. Luckily by accident got to restore my computer when I shut off my computer when it was struggling to load Safe Mode. On restart it started a diagnostic check which ended with a restore mode.
  John T Jertson  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WRSA.exe: based on 13 votes with 13 user comments. 4 users think WRSA.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think WRSA.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade WRSA.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving WRSA issues

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