What is wscntfy.exe?

The genuine wscntfy.exe file is a software component of Windows XP (SP2) by Microsoft.
This Microsoft product runs in the Windows system tray and is responsible for notifications regarding the status of Windows Update, pertinent firewall settings, and current virus protection.

WSCNtfy stands for Windows Security Center Notify

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 wscntfy.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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Wscntfy.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wscntfy
Wscntfy.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows Security Center Notification App or LMS or Virage or NT Kernel & System belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or LMS or Virage or NT Kernel & System by Microsoft ( or {C015033D-5528-4F9F-B678-CC2D3726B284.

Description: The original wscntfy.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Wscntfy.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,824 bytes (98% of all occurrences), 33,792 bytes and 5 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. Wscntfy.exe is a Windows system file. The program has a visible window. Wscntfy.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Viruses with the same file name

Is wscntfy.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true wscntfy.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Windows Security Center Notification". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and Trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for example WS.Reputation.1 or Backdoor.Trojan (detected by Symantec), and Trojan:Win32/Malagent or Trojan:Win32/Orsam!rts (detected by Microsoft).
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How to recognize suspicious variants?

Important: Some malware disguises itself as wscntfy.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the wscntfy.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

Sludg3's solution was right on! I advise anyone who is bothered by the icon to simply uncheck in control panel under security icon
trojan, regkey related to non existing audio
I'm constantly having to close and reopen an "unresponsive" browser.
it was in myUserName\AppData\Local was using 30% of my cpu on Windows 8
Properties describe it as Windows Security Center Notification App for Microsoft® Windows® Operating System. It is found in C:\WINDOWS\system32 and also C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386. Not exactly sure of its' intended functions. Verified as authentic Microsoft Corporation product in properties.
If this is not in the system32 directory, it is a virus!
When not connected to the net, I sometimes disable Microsoft Security Essentials by switching of real time protection and then ending its process 'MsMpgEng' in Task Manager to free up some resources, about 50 or 60k. That is when this little beauty turns up! Hey, If you don't want it, end its process, your computer your choice.
my computer it`s ver y slow now..
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of wscntfy.exe: based on 218 votes with 9 reviews. 98 users think wscntfy.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 12 users think it's probably harmless. 52 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 18 users suspect danger. 38 users think wscntfy.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 15 users don't grade wscntfy.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving wscntfy issues

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