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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

The process belongs to software WinLoad by none.

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. http://www.file.net/process/winload.exe.html 
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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User Comments

Troj/Winload
  Omar   (further information)
Note the Vista boot loader is called winload.exe - it's very similar to a filename "WinLoad.exe" used by a piece of spyware called PC Tattletale.
  Iceman  
I have it listed as the spyware PC tatteltale
  Don - Toronto  
Schrott
   
When you try to boot vista it complains about a missing or corrupt e:\windows\system32\winload.exe I was able to fix it! We removed all USB devices (and plugged in a PS2 keyboard/mouse) and hooked in a VGA cable instead of DVI. Vista boots!
  Andrew  
I found it in the windows startup process. Now I saw one of comment talking about PC tatteltale. I installed this program to monitor my kids'
  andlaw  
Boot with CD, select command prompt, execute: bootrec.exe /fixmbr, bootrec.exe /fixboot System works!!
  Yefim Timofeiovitch   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of winload.exe: based on 11 votes with 7 user comments.
5 users think winload.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think winload.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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