What does the inetinfo.exe file do?
The inetinfo.exe process is also known as Internet Information Services and is a part of Internet Information Services or, as the case may be, IIS Admin, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), World Wide Web Publishing. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of inetinfo.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Internet Information Services has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Internet Information Services has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- inetinfo.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module inetinfo.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about inetinfo.exe Internet Information Services
The original inetinfo.exe file is definitely a Windows system file, but many viruses use the same name in order to remain unnoticed. Inetinfo.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32 - in most cases C:\WINDOWS\System32\inetsrv\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 15,360 bytes (53% of all these files), 15,872 bytes, 14,336 bytes or, as the case may be, 13,824 bytes.
This file is part of the operating system. This inetinfo.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. The application is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. Inetinfo.exe is capable of hide itself from other programs. For this reason, 6% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A inetinfo.exe file has a 56% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 42,065 bytes (66% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 44,401 bytes. The file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The inetinfo file is not part of the Windows operating system.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves inetinfo.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about inetinfo?
|Microsoft Internet Infomation Services |
|This is a web server for windows, it's not dangerous at all, but if you don't use it, better to stop de service, because is a vunerable windows service |
|windows component, provides server functions like mailing, ftp etc, but no need for it on average home pc. if running anyway (see task-manager) may indicate malware infection (botnet)! See also IIS Admin service (deactivate if you don't host a server). (further information...) |
Summary: 57 users judge inetinfo.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 9 users consider it harmless. However, 14 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 28 users have already deleted inetinfo.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Internet Information Services or IIS Admin, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, World Wide Web Publishing
To remove Internet Information Services from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Internet Information Services or IIS Admin, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, World Wide Web Publishing in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if inetinfo.exe (Internet Information Services) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Internet Information Services. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Internet Information Services or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or inetinfo.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.