Is wininit.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of wininit.exe:









File purpose and description:

wininit.exe is a file which most likely arrived as preinstalled sofware on your computer, but verify the actual hard drive location as shown below. The folder is listed below for you, as you can always verify where its located on your hard drive, as this makes sure it is not spyware, adware, or virus related. Sometimes the spyware or virus writers simply place a similiar or same named file elsewhere on your computer hoping to fool you into thinking the rogue software is a good software module instead. This wininit.exe is from Microsoft and its a window start up application program. It is normal to see wininit.exe running in your system task list. This file is considered a safe file, and it is not known to be related to any spyware, adware or virus related installations. (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)
wininit.exe

File type:
This is an exe file

File or folder location:
This file will be found on your computer at C:\Windows\System32\wininit.exe


General information:
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, wininit.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 wininit.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.

Jump to the entire processes list here!