win.exe file purpose and description:
This is a file that is considered a virus or worm, and is actually a name used by more then one virus. It is part of the virus known as Backdoor.Pointex.B, and is also part of the virus known as nyxem. With the nyxem virus it can do many things, like delete files and download additional virus files from the net, along with send out bulk emails from your computer to infect others. With the backdoor trojan, it can give a hacker access to your computer. Action should be taken immediately if you have these trojan or virus files, and a virus checker software program is the easiest solution to make sure all files are removed. If you do this manually, be sure to go through your registry to find all files starting up when you reboot, as they always need a way to restart. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)
Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
This is an executable file.
Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
This file can be found on your hard drive at c:\WINNT\system32\win.exe
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes.
You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows
"task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active
on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they
get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files
on your computer, for example, win.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very
similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist
as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned.
You can always find the location of win.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but
I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.