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July 3, 2012 at 12:21:42
Specs: Windows 7
Is Wininit.exe a virus?!
Found at C:/Windows/system32/wininet.exe
50% Of websites say it is dodgy. others don't! :/
Running Win7 home premium
None of my friends have this process
Also can be found in task manager as a process.
[[[[IT'S WININIT.EXE]]]]]]
When I delete it i get a Win7 BSOD! And the computer restarts!
Thanks for any help :)

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July 3, 2012 at 13:22:08
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Wininit.exe file information


The process known as Windows Start-Up Application or Windows-Startanwendung belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (

Description: wininit.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 96,256 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 96,768 bytes and 6 more variants.
Wininit.exe is a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Wininit.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. wininit.exe is able to record inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.


Most malware these days is NOT a virus - it's something else.

Anything can be infected by malware, but usually ANY file that is a standard Microsoft file HAS NOT been infected.

Do a full scan with whatever anti-malware program you have installed.
If you don't have any anti-malware software installed , install one !
E.g. the free version of AVG 2012.

(Vista and Windows 7 has Microsoft's Windows Defender anti-spyware software built into it.)

As an extra step, download the free version of Malwarebytes, install it, and run a Full scan with it - it will find some types of malware that other major anti-malware software can't t find, or can find but can't remove properly.

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July 3, 2012 at 15:50:49
Just a very general point.

Be a bit careful searching for file information on the internet. T&W is a respected helper, so he has directed you to a good website. However, there are hundreds that give you minimal or no information and are only an excuse to sell you their dodgy file fixer, registry cleaner or computer fixall. They often repeat the words you type in (whatever they are) to try to fool you. Often decorated with white coated doctor-like images of people with spectacles and other glitz.

So, using T&W's link, a good place to start another time is the root page of what he gave you - this:

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July 3, 2012 at 21:06:13

Thanks for that.

Do you have wininit anything on your system ?


"None of my friends have this process"

Apparently the legitimate Microsoft wininit.exe is not on every Windows XP and up installation.

It's not on my OEM MCE 2005 installation (it's based on XP Pro SP2 32 bit) or on another computer I have that has OEM XP Home on it, both of which have SP3 updates installed in them, although there is wininit.ini on both of them in C:\Windows, but it IS on my OEM Vista SP2 installation, which originally had no SP updates, which does not have wininit.ini on it.

OEM in this case = Windows was installed from an official Microsoft OEM disk, or a set of disks (all MCE 200x versions are OEM and Microsoft only supplies them on two CDs).

Actually I have three wininit.exe files in Vista SP2.

One in C:\Windows\System32
94.5 kb
Properties - 96,768 bytes
Newer date

One in C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_..........................595ce
93.5 kb
Properties - 95,744 bytes
Older date

Came with the SP1 updates ? Date is when I installed them ?

One in C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_..........................50a6a2
94.5 kb
Properties - 96.768 bytes
Same date as the first one.

Came with the SP2 updates ?
Date is when I installed them ?
Replaced the one that was in C:\Windows\System32, it appears.

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July 4, 2012 at 13:37:16
Re #3 - excuse delayed response.

I have wininit.exe on Windows 7, in C:\Windows\System32

It is not on my XP.

From what I recall that sounds right.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 11, 2012 at 02:14:20
Thanks for all the help! :D I now know my computer is safe from this virus. :P
But why would they only have it on some computers that is what alerted me to it.

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August 11, 2012 at 08:54:31
In the old days of W98 that file used to come and go. Maybe the same applies with current OS's.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 12, 2012 at 11:09:07
I really like this library as well, I tend to use it for a quick check if something is a little goofy. (I should mention that there are legitimate usages of the file, however there are lots of mimics)

C:\%WINDIR%\System32 I think was for xp, however not sure how the tree is setup for 7.

:: mike

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