How to remove the wshost32 virus

Most antivirus programs identify wshost32.exe as malware—such as Microsoft identifies it as VirTool:Win32/Injector.gen!AD or VirTool:Win32/DelfInject.gen!BE, and TrendMicro identifies it as WORM_FREECRYPT.U or WORM_BUZUS.AQP.

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Wshost32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wshost32
Wshost32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as wshost32.exe belongs to software BrowseIt by unknown.

Description: Wshost32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wshost32.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,198 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 69,632 bytes, 40,668 bytes, 67,584 bytes or 95,232 bytes. 
The wshost32.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Wshost32.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify wshost32.exe related errors

Important: You should check the wshost32.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

wshost32.exe is Adware that display popups on the system with commercials, or change default homepage or default search engine to a fraudulent website. The extra traffic also slows down internet and computer performance.

Summary: Average user rating of wshost32.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks wshost32.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving wshost32 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active wshost32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the wshost32.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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