What does the wscript.exe file do?
The wscript.exe process is also known as Microsoft ® Windows Based Script Host and is a part of Microsoft Windows Script Host. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of wscript.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Microsoft Windows Based Script Host has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Microsoft Windows Based Script Host 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)
- wscript.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module wscript.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about wscript.exe Microsoft Windows Based Script Host
The original wscript.exe file is definitely a Windows system file, but many viruses use the same name in order to remain unnoticed. Wscript.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 141,824 bytes (61% of all these files), 148,992 bytes, 155,648 bytes or, as the case may be, 131,584 bytes.
Wscript.exe is part of the Windows operating system found in C:\Windows\. To verify its trustworthiness, Microsoft has provided it with an embedded certificate. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. For this reason, 5% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A wscript.exe file has a 10% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 141,824 bytes (75% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 133,120 bytes. The Windows operating system requires this file. The file contains Microsoft's digital signature. This confirms its authenticity. This wscript.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager.
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 wscript.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 wscript?
|it block me from acessing my local disk |
|i think its a variant of a virus... co'z you cant delete it from the folder... |
|removing it from my computer |
|first beging as an chinese character on ur hard disk than became a powerfull and undefetable virus |
|It seems to change the MSIE homepage to sunjin.com.np |
Jesse B. Taintor, Ph.D.
Summary: 12 users judge wscript.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, 8 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 12 users have already deleted wscript.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Microsoft Windows Script Host
To remove Microsoft Windows Based Script Host 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 Microsoft Windows Script Host in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if wscript.exe (Microsoft Windows Based Script Host) 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 Based Script Host. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Microsoft Windows Based Script Host 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 wscript.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.