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Wininit.exe - Viral? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have seen, from a plethora of sites after searching for said .exe with google, that this is a trojan lef tover from the wolf virus..

    Is this true?  If it is, it is cleverly disguised.

    I tried searching the TechNet for pages on the .exe, but to no avail, errors galore.
    Sunday, November 11, 2007 2:18 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    Thank you for your post.

     

    No, Wininit.exe is a system built-in file. Actually, it is called "Windows Start-Up Application" and exists under Windows\System32.

     

    I suspect that the websites you referred may be for virus with the same file name, or the Wininit.exe was infected.

     

    Thanks!

     

    Sincerely,

    Joson Zhou

    Microsoft Online Community Support

     

    Friday, November 30, 2007 1:57 AM
    Moderator

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  • Hi,

     

    Thank you for your post.

     

    No, Wininit.exe is a system built-in file. Actually, it is called "Windows Start-Up Application" and exists under Windows\System32.

     

    I suspect that the websites you referred may be for virus with the same file name, or the Wininit.exe was infected.

     

    Thanks!

     

    Sincerely,

    Joson Zhou

    Microsoft Online Community Support

     

    Friday, November 30, 2007 1:57 AM
    Moderator

  • I've been running Windows Vista without a problem - until today.  It seems that WININIT.DLL can no longer be located.  I looked in the System32 folder for the application you referred to but it isn't there.  Naturally, I cannot perform a System Restore as the DLL is used.

    I have both CD and DVD drives on my Dell Optiplex machine and have been unable to perform a complete new install of VISTA Home Premium.

    Help....

    JD
    Wednesday, April 9, 2008 11:46 AM