What is WSHelper.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 WSHelper.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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WSHelper.exe file information

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

The process known as Wondershare Studio belongs to software Wondershare Studio or Wondershare Helper Compact or Pinnacle Studio (version 18 Add-Ons) by Wondershare.

Description: WSHelper.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file WSHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,072,928 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 2,087,264 bytes and 20 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program is not visible. The WSHelper.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. WSHelper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, manipulate other programs, connect to the Internet and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with WSHelper.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Wondershare Helper Compact or Pinnacle Studio 18 Add-Ons (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) consult’s Customer Service for advice
  3) make sure that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify WSHelper.exe related errors

If WSHelper.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 2,087,264 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 1,679,360 bytes and 7 more variants. It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The WSHelper.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. WSHelper.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, manipulate other programs, monitor applications and connect to the Internet.

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

I updated my Norton 360. Then ran a full system scan. The now updated Norton 360 announced, there were some issues and must be corrected. I said OK. After doing all of above when I rebooted the system, I got this "WSHelper.exe" not found message. Booted again, same result. Now wondering where did this wshelper.exe came from. Obviously Norton 360 scan suspected it and deleted it. Now, I don't want to see that message, everytime I boot up.
I'm running VISTA and my computer is 6years old, tonight I couldn't shut my computer down because of a wshelper running pop up and wshelper wouldn't shut down. I'm running a full system scan now to see if it turns up anything.
WSHelper.exe is associated with a product called Winferno, which is used to scan for and correct errors in the Windows Registry database. WSHelper.exe requires administrator privileges in order to run. Therefore, if you are using a non-administrator account you will be prompted by the operating system to provide the password of your administrator account in order to run WSHelper.exe.
I was playing a game, like always, then a WSHelper popup came up. After I closed it, my character wouldn't move. It was locking my keyboard to (I believe) grab useful info like credit card info or passwords.
WSHelper is spyware. Do not go near it. You don't need it.
Pops up random programs, and suddenly disappears as soon as I cut internet.
On 9-22-2016, when I went to use my computer in the morning, my screen was blank except for the mouse. Usually this just means it's in sleep mode and moving the mouse will "wake it up", but this time it did not wake up. I couldn't get task manager to come up, so I did a cold boot. When it booted, system security manager asked me if I wanted WSHelper.exe to make changes to my computer. I didn't know what it was, so I said no. I can't say if it had anything to do with the blank screen, but I definitely don't like what I'm reading about here, I don't know what it's used for, don't know how it got on my pc, and don't have any use for it.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WSHelper.exe: based on 8 votes with 7 user comments. One user thinks WSHelper.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. One user thinks WSHelper.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving WSHelper issues

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