What does the winlock.exe file do?
The winlock.exe process is also known as WinLock Professional and is a part of WinLock Professional. This software is produced by Crystal Office Systems (www.crystaloffice.com) or, as the case may be, XetoWare. An obsolete or defective version of winlock.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- WinLock Professional has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- WinLock Professional 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)
- winlock.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module winlock.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about winlock.exe WinLock Professional
winlock.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Winlock.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 2,549,248 bytes (20% of all these files), 2,822,992 bytes, 2,622,976 bytes, 5,935,104 bytes or, as the case may be, 145,544 bytes.
It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). Winlock.exe is capable of make itself undetectable by other programs, monitor other applications as well as connect to the Internet. For this reason, 24% 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 winlock.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 winlock?
|goes with WinComm.exe program folder is c:\program files\Win Comm rename and then delete files! ADWARE that seriously slows down your computer |
|It goes together with WinComm.exe. |
|i had it installed un-beknown with Wincom and stopped internet access |
|i'v deleted it many times and its back after startup |
Summary: However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted winlock.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall WinLock Professional
To remove WinLock Professional 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 WinLock Professional in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if winlock.exe (WinLock Professional) 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 WinLock Professional. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for WinLock Professional 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 winlock.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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