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wininit.exe help

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#1 HelplessKeyboard


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Posted 28 March 2016 - 05:04 PM

this .exe file running in my processes, and after searching a bit on the web i found out its apparently an essential tool for windows.. i have a couple of questions though.

My Wininit.exe when i observe it in the "processes" tab in task manager, does not have the command line c:\windows\system32\... it simply says "wininit.exe" in the command line, but when i rightclick and show destination folder it throws me to system32 folder. Besides this, my file has the version 6.3.9600.17415 and the size 142kb, but when i search online nobody else seems to have the same file size as me, or the same file version as me. 

Do i just have a weird version of the file due to randomness? should i delete it? 

Thank you in advance


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#2 dc3


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Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:12 AM

If this is a legitimate file it will be located at %System%\wininit.exe.  If it is not located there it could be malware.  Bleeping Computer has information available regarding this.  Please post the complete file path for this.


If this is not in the location above I would suggest running some security scans to determine what you are dealing with.  If this is the case, let us know and we will have this topic moved to the Am I Infected, What do I do? forum.

Edited by dc3, 30 March 2016 - 10:17 AM.

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#3 jcgriff2


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Posted 30 March 2016 - 03:07 PM

Version 6.3.9600 = Windows 8.1

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