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What is WScript.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 WScript.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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WScript.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WScript
WScript.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft ® Windows Based Script Host or Microsoft R Windows Based Script Host belongs to software Microsoft Windows Script Host or Microsoft R Windows Script Host by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: WScript.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. WScript.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 114,688 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 155,648 bytes and 8 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/wscript.exe.html 
The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If WScript.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 9% dangerous. The file size is 114,688 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 141,824 bytes. The program is not visible. The WScript.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft.

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware disguises itself as WScript.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WScript.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

it block me from acessing my local disk
  CJ™   (further information)
i think its a variant of a virus... co'z you cant delete it from the folder...
   
removing it from my computer
  sheena  
first beging as an chinese character on ur hard disk than became a powerfull and undefetable virus
  Deggial  
It seems to change the MSIE homepage to sunjin.com.np
  Jesse B. Taintor, Ph.D.  
it is used by lots of viruses to execute and replicate in your computer.
  Benjamin Pung  
Part of the Windows Scripting Host
  Richard Slater   (further information)
try Start Run type wscript.exe and enter... then you'll understand how this program can be a boulevard for viruses into your pc!
  Noypi  
Gen.trojan
  Leen  
Often used for Visual Basic scripting or VBscript to call other programs or dos commands
  Mike Schlecht   (further information)
sometimes my computer won't shut down because he cannot shut down wscript.exe
  thomas  
Windows program, do not delete: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/232211
  JR   (further information)
It is a service used by Windows to allow execution of VBScript. It is not necessarily dangerous, but if a dangerous script is downloaded it will appear as if wscript.exe is the culprit, when it is really a seperate script file (usually .vbs). You should not delete wscript.exe, many Windows services require it and our computer may not function properly if it cannot be found.
  nickwalnut  
want to change file type associations. .scr - .vbs - .vbe - .wfs all to use note pad
   
whenever we start the m/c and boot after booting then wscript .exe error is coming and when we disconnected the floppy drive the error is not coming
  sushil pote   (further information)
Nasty script vbs file that is virtually undetectable, shuts down your registry access and even after setting it right locks down the registry again. Smart PC usage can prevent further attacks
  DVR  
Every time I eject a CD/DVD it pops up an annoying error.
  CodenameD  
It is used to allow more scripting features - this in itself is not dangerous in any way, but it is sometimes used by virus'. You won't be able to remove it as it is a windows system file.
  Notanoob  
It seems that it is disguised as a proper windows scripting host, however, looking at the code embedded in the file placed in my flash drive by the virus points toward wscript.exe in the system32 folder
  Const  
seems to be a virus 4,300 +/- bytes C: & C/Windows
  Dave in Cowtown  
it can be corrupted by trojan
  www.deepaksingh.biz.ly  
that order to insert disk in drive ,when we start windown so display usually
  supriyono  
go into the safe mode than delete it (caution : delete wscript not nwscript), your system will be fine again soon enough....
  Gamez Lover  
I got it last night while visiting (infowars) a website that is high up on the gov watch list. My firewall asked me if it could access my network I said no. Later on it was a running process on my computer .I have included a screenshot .
  Me   (further information)
script window pops up at login- annoying. it is 152kb
  ahan at work  
I want to know the functionality of wscript.exe. What it does and how it works?
  Arul  
wscript.exe eats up over 50% of the CPU, can't be stopped, and disappears and reappears in the task manager every few seconds. Virus masquerading as the program.
  RoosterOrbus  
This was shooting up my CPU's resources higher than anything on the list, I run an unlocked overclocked processor and to see this taking up 50% or more was bizarre, so I removed it. Seeing as this can be a horrible back-door vulnerability issue I see no need to keep it. Visual Basic is seldomly used in any everyday application even for casual users or heavy gamers such as myself, delete it just to be safe.
  Craig H.  
If you have any problem with wscript.exe dont be panic if it flash on your screen while you start your computer. One simple thing to do is just go control panel system and security restore file from backup recover system settings or your computer open system restore next finish wait till it restart the system. Note: it wouldnt delete your document or install software but bring to default settings. Reccomended for win7 only. Hope it work because i have try it.
  Manzz  
wscript running make autorun.inf and a virus file in my pendrive, even if after formatting the autorun file and suspisious file appears. This phenomina was ended only after i manually ended wscript process from taskmanager manually. now my first process is to end wscript process from my taskmanager manually.
   
Made my computing experience a ni8mare by replicating a virus file and displaying system errors
   

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WScript.exe: based on 38 votes with 31 user comments. 12 users think WScript.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 9 users suspect danger. 12 users think WScript.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade WScript.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving WScript issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with WScript. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the WScript.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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