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wininit.exe Virus, or a windows file????

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  • I just ran Process scanner from processlibary.com, and it said that wininit.exe where a dangerrous file, and i had to remove it. I came up with a program that turned off processes, and i turnd of wininit.exe. Then all i got was a bluescreen. I hawe scanned with Spyware terminator, Trend Micro PC-Cillin, but no one of theese found anny virus in this file. The file is located in C:\Windows\System32\wininit.exe Annyone know if this a safe, or dangerous file, so i can remove it?

     

    Thanks alot!!

     

    Martin.

    Monday, June 18, 2007 6:39 PM

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  • is a good file in the directory and you need it !

     if you have scanned your computer with a well know av product and it say it infected then you might have a issues

    but if trend did not see an issue leave the file alone 

    Monday, June 25, 2007 6:10 PM
  • sure this ones a good file. had it been situated in another directory it could have been malware ! thats the technique most malware writes do ! use a regular windows process name and place it in another directory to cause confusion.

     

    shud u wish in future u can always get such single suspects scanned with multiple av engines at

    http://www.virustotal.com/en/virustotalf.html or http://virusscan.jotti.org/ :-)
    Thursday, June 28, 2007 1:18 PM
  • wininit.exe should not be disabled, required for essential applications to work properly.

    Sanjeev
    Thursday, June 25, 2009 4:56 PM
  • It's an app that opens Windows 7 and who told you to delete it? If it was the computer shell terminal, (error messages) then just keep it scanned regularly.
    • Proposed as answer by Danielh32 Thursday, September 15, 2011 9:02 PM
    Thursday, September 15, 2011 9:02 PM
  • Check the Process Library now on what it thinks of the wininit.exe process. It now says it is safe. 

    http://www.processlibrary.com/directory/files/wininit/19065/ It also gives info on what it is used for. This is one of the results on how to stop or remove the process:

    Can I stop or remove wininit.exe?


    Since wininit.exe is a system process it should not be stopped. The process is required for Windows to work properly

    So it was maybe an error. It is suggested that you perform a Scan using other anti-virus programs.

    Wednesday, April 04, 2012 7:53 PM