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How to get rid of the WinHost Virus

Sometimes the WinHost file may cloak a virus, such as Microsoft found Trojan:Win32/Skeeyah.A!rfn, as well as F-Secure found Gen:[email protected]. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.

Other problems with WinHost.exe

The WinHost.exe process is also known as Total Commander and is a part of Total Commander. This software is produced by Ghisler Software GmbH. An obsolete or defective version of WinHost.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about WinHost.exe Total Commander

WinHost.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file WinHost.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 68,608 bytes (33% of all these files), 599,552 bytes or, as the case may be, 1,990,656 bytes.
There is no internal description of the file. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. WinHost.exe is capable of supervise programs as well as modify other Windows tasks. For this reason, 77% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A WinHost.exe file has a 100% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 406,528 bytes. This WinHost.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The WinHost file is not part of the Windows operating system. The application can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN. There is no internal description of the file. WinHost.exe is capable of supervise programs.

Attention: If you find WinHost.exe on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.

What do other computer users say about WinHost?

I had it and I had hard time to remove but I did it.
I know that if you use AVG Free Edition antivirus you can get rid of it
Ruby Cates
I have noticed that the file Winhost.exe places itself in the c:\windows\prefetch\ folder on my computer...
Name Troj/Lohav-R (further information...)
Steffen Fiege
in my opinion its definatly a virus
Tobi Fuchs
I had to run McAfee in Safe Mode for it to even pick it up and it said it quarantined it , but I don't think it did. I was not able to look at the quarantine log as it would never come up. This dang think caused many popups to come up on my PC including porn sites. Very annoying and does appear to be hard to get rid of. Will try the AVG Free edition to get rid of it.
Barb V

Summary: For this reason, 3 users have already deleted WinHost.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Total Commander

To remove Total Commander from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Total Commander in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if WinHost.exe (Total Commander) 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 Total Commander. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Total Commander 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 WinHost.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.

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