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 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 (16% of all occurrences), 1,985,824 bytes and 18 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 38% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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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, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. 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.

Summary: Average user rating of WSHelper.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks WSHelper.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 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 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 WSHelper.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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