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What does the wininit.exe file do?

The wininit.exe process is also known as Windows Start-Up Application or, as the case may be, Windows-Startanwendung and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, Operacine sistema Microsoft Windows. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of wininit.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 wininit.exe Windows Start-Up Application

wininit.exe is a Windows system file. Wininit.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 96,256 bytes (69% of all these files), 96,768 bytes as well as 7 other variants.
The wininit file is part of the operating system. This wininit program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The file has been digitally signed by Microsoft itself to guarantee its authenticity. Wininit.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes as well as modify other Windows tasks. For this reason, 3% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

wininit.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "Windows Start-Up Application." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (for example PE_PATCHED.AM (recognized by TrendMicro), as well as Virus:Win32/Bamital.C (recognized by Microsoft)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.

Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics: A wininit.exe file has a 68% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 3,301,398 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 394,752 bytes. The file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. This wininit program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The wininit file is not part of the Windows operating system. Wininit.exe is capable of record keystrokes as well as track other applications.

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 wininit.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 wininit?

very little-seems to initiate various sys startup progs
I think its a polite application,it always asks my security every time it wants to listen.I didnt want to loseinit so I took ownership and renamed it wininit.whynotdoc.exe.some programs listen without permission that annoys me more.
Seems harmless but scan it and be cautious, bugs would like to manipulate it iam sure.
solo que es de riesgo elevado
Worm, known as Worm.Win32.Bymer.a (further information...)

Summary: 6 users judge wininit.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. For this reason, one user has already deleted wininit.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall the program or Operacine sistema Microsoft Windows

wininit.exe Windows Start-Up Application fix

To remove Windows Start-Up Application from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for the program or Operacine sistema Microsoft Windows in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if wininit.exe (Windows Start-Up Application) 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 Windows Start-Up Application. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Windows Start-Up Application 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 wininit.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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