What does the winamp.exe file do?
The winamp.exe process is also known as Winamp and is a part of Nullsoft Winamp or, as the case may be, Mojo Master Winamp Visualizer for Winamp. This software is produced by Nullsoft (www.winamp.com). An obsolete or defective version of winamp.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Winamp has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Winamp 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)
- winamp.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module winamp.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about winamp.exe Winamp
winamp.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file winamp.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 2,326,624 bytes (25% of all these files), 1,595,744 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Winamp.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes. For this reason, 31% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A winamp.exe file has a 90% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 16,064 bytes. There is no internal description of the file. It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run, MACHINE\Run). The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Winamp.exe is capable of supervise programs as well as modify other Windows tasks.
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 winamp.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 winamp?
|its winamp it cant be dangerous (further information...) |
|Media Player (MP3) |
|Potential security-risc as there where allready many flaws and there will be more. Below link is just bone/b example ;) (further information...) |
|Just Winamp.... |
|Just the winamp Executable, download the new version to be secured against hackers... (further information...) |
Summary: 23 users judge winamp.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, 4 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 5 users have already deleted winamp.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Nullsoft Winamp or Mojo Master Winamp Visualizer for Winamp
To remove Winamp from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Nullsoft Winamp or Mojo Master Winamp Visualizer for Winamp in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if winamp.exe (Winamp) 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 Winamp. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Winamp 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 winamp.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.