What is wininit.exe?
Wininit.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if wininit.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Wininit.exe file information
The process known as Windows Start-Up Application or Windows-Startanwendung belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).
Description: The original wininit.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. wininit.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 96,256 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 96,768 bytes and 7 more variants.
Wininit.exe is a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Wininit.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Wininit.exe is able to record inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 3% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
Recommended: Identify wininit.exe related errors
Viruses with the same file name
Is wininit.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true wininit.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Windows Start-Up Application".
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 Artemis!25C1C6B54E1D (detected by McAfee), and Trojan.Agent.AYBI (detected by BitDefender).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If wininit.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 77% dangerous. The file size is 394,752 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 39,582 bytes. Wininit.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, C:\Windows\win.ini). The file is not a Windows core file.
If wininit.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 152,064 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file.
If wininit.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 668,672 bytes.
External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:
- "Bymer.Scanner" definitely not required. Added by the BYMER WORM!
- "wininit" definitely not required. Added by the WOLLF.16 TROJAN!
Important: Some malware disguises itself as wininit.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the wininit.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.
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