How to remove the winload virus
Most antivirus programs identify winload.exe as malware, e.g. McAfee identifies it as Generic PUP.z!bl, and BitDefender identifies it as Trojan.Generic.203201.
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Winload.exe file information
Description: Winload.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. winload.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 65,536 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 310,362 bytes or 106,381 bytes.
There is no description of the program. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Winload.exe is able to hide itself, monitor applications and record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
Recommended: Identify winload.exe related errors
Important: You should check the winload.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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