What is Xnews.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 Xnews.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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Xnews.exe file information

The process known as Xnews belongs to software Xnews by Lucid Software (

Description: Xnews.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Xnews.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 1,255,936 bytes. 
The application has no file description. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Xnews.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Xnews.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify Xnews.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Xnews.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Xnews.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 a news reading and posting NNTP client
  Jim Gardber  
Xnews is a usenet newsreader originally developed by Luu Tran. I have no idea how "Lucid Software" became attached to this program - perhaps Luu used a compiler of theirs. Sadly, this program now qualifies as "abandonware" since there has not been any development on it since 2009. (And even THAT version seems to have been pulled from the internet since the most recent version I can find now is from 2005).
  Jim Harmon   (further information)

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

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Best practices for resolving Xnews issues

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