What does the w32s.386 file do?
The author of the W32S.386 process cannot be determined with certainty. An obsolete or defective version of w32s.386 can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- W32S.386 has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- W32S.386 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)
- w32s.386 has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module w32s.386. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about w32s.386 W32S.386
w32s.386 is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. W32s.386 is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 36,587 bytes (85% of all these files), 35,907 bytes or, as the case may be, 27,179 bytes.
If necessary, you can manually stop or start this driver in the Device Manager. The Device Manager can be found in Windows Control Panel under Hardware and Sound/Devices and Printers/Device Manager. The driver facilitates access to your computer's hardware and accessories. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. It is unusual for the service not to provide any indication of how and why it is required. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: system.ini). The w32s file is not part of the Windows operating system. w32s.386 appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files. For this reason, 66% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
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 w32s.386. 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 w32s?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall unknown
To remove W32S.386 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 unknown in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if w32s.386 (W32S.386) 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 W32S.386. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for W32S.386 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 w32s.386 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.