What does the winver.exe file do?
The winver.exe process is also known as Microsoft Windows Status Protocol or, as the case may be, Version Reporter Applet and is a part of Windows Status or, as the case may be, Microsoft Windows Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of winver.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Microsoft Windows Status Protocol has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Microsoft Windows Status Protocol 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)
- winver.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module winver.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about winver.exe Microsoft Windows Status Protocol
winver.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Winver.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
The file size is 6,786,560 bytes.
The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: Run). Winver.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 63% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A winver.exe file has a 2% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 79,872 bytes. The winver file is part of the operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This file contains Microsoft's digital signature. This confirms its authenticity.
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 winver.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 winver?
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 Windows Status or the program
To remove Microsoft Windows Status Protocol 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 Windows Status or the program in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if winver.exe (Microsoft Windows Status Protocol) 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 Microsoft Windows Status Protocol. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Microsoft Windows Status Protocol 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 winver.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.