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  1. #1


    Dan Hinsley Guest

    wininit

    I've got wininit.exe running on my system, which from looking at some
    websites appears to be a virus (Wolf.16 trojan). But if I kill the
    process, Vista dies. So my question is, is wininit.exe a legitimate
    part of Vista, and if not, what's the safest way to get rid of it?

    Thanks,

    Dan Hinsley

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  2. #2


    Michael Solomon Guest

    Re: wininit



    "Dan Hinsley" <danhi@exmsft.com> wrote in message
    news:4427b3554pkdnkobie8vf2r61hbvttq2pt@4ax.com...
    > I've got wininit.exe running on my system, which from looking at some
    > websites appears to be a virus (Wolf.16 trojan). But if I kill the
    > process, Vista dies. So my question is, is wininit.exe a legitimate
    > part of Vista, and if not, what's the safest way to get rid of it?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Dan Hinsley

    Yes, from what I gather it is a Trojan. Best way to deal with it is to run
    a virus scan and let your Antivirus application deal with it as this has
    been around quite awhile and your AV should be able to pick it up and deal
    with it.

    --
    Michael Solomon
    Backup is a PC user's best friend
    DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/


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  3. #3


    PaulB Guest

    Re: wininit

    I have two Vista machines, one that is a new install (never connected to
    internet or any programs added to it) and both have wininit.exe process
    running. I don't think this is a Virus. My AV programs scanned both okay.
    --
    Paul


    "Michael Solomon" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "Dan Hinsley" <danhi@exmsft.com> wrote in message
    > news:4427b3554pkdnkobie8vf2r61hbvttq2pt@4ax.com...
    > > I've got wininit.exe running on my system, which from looking at some
    > > websites appears to be a virus (Wolf.16 trojan). But if I kill the
    > > process, Vista dies. So my question is, is wininit.exe a legitimate
    > > part of Vista, and if not, what's the safest way to get rid of it?
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > >
    > > Dan Hinsley

    > Yes, from what I gather it is a Trojan. Best way to deal with it is to run
    > a virus scan and let your Antivirus application deal with it as this has
    > been around quite awhile and your AV should be able to pick it up and deal
    > with it.
    >
    > --
    > Michael Solomon
    > Backup is a PC user's best friend
    > DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
    >
    >


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  4. #4


    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Re: wininit

    http://www.answersthatwork.com/Taskl...tasklist_w.htm


    Windows Vista Start-Up Application. Core session-start process present in each
    Windows Vista session and whose job is to start some of the core Windows Vista
    background services (for the benefit of advanced users WININIT starts the
    Service Control Manager, SCM, the Local Security Authority SubSystem, LSASS, and
    the Local Session Manager, LSM.EXE, which manages terminal services
    connections).

    Recommendation :
    An essential Windows Vista background program - Leave alone.


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    GO BEARS!


    "PaulB" <PaulB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:70A69700-C139-4153-A3B7-BEAFAA332244@microsoft.com...
    >I have two Vista machines, one that is a new install (never connected to
    > internet or any programs added to it) and both have wininit.exe process
    > running. I don't think this is a Virus. My AV programs scanned both okay.
    > --
    > Paul
    >
    >
    > "Michael Solomon" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "Dan Hinsley" <danhi@exmsft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:4427b3554pkdnkobie8vf2r61hbvttq2pt@4ax.com...
    >> > I've got wininit.exe running on my system, which from looking at some
    >> > websites appears to be a virus (Wolf.16 trojan). But if I kill the
    >> > process, Vista dies. So my question is, is wininit.exe a legitimate
    >> > part of Vista, and if not, what's the safest way to get rid of it?
    >> >
    >> > Thanks,
    >> >
    >> > Dan Hinsley

    >> Yes, from what I gather it is a Trojan. Best way to deal with it is to run
    >> a virus scan and let your Antivirus application deal with it as this has
    >> been around quite awhile and your AV should be able to pick it up and deal
    >> with it.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Michael Solomon
    >> Backup is a PC user's best friend
    >> DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
    >>
    >>




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  5. #5


    Michael Solomon Guest

    Re: wininit



    "PaulB" <PaulB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:70A69700-C139-4153-A3B7-BEAFAA332244@microsoft.com...
    >I have two Vista machines, one that is a new install (never connected to
    > internet or any programs added to it) and both have wininit.exe process
    > running. I don't think this is a Virus. My AV programs scanned both okay.
    > --
    > Paul
    >
    >
    > "Michael Solomon" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "Dan Hinsley" <danhi@exmsft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:4427b3554pkdnkobie8vf2r61hbvttq2pt@4ax.com...
    >> > I've got wininit.exe running on my system, which from looking at some
    >> > websites appears to be a virus (Wolf.16 trojan). But if I kill the
    >> > process, Vista dies. So my question is, is wininit.exe a legitimate
    >> > part of Vista, and if not, what's the safest way to get rid of it?
    >> >
    >> > Thanks,
    >> >
    >> > Dan Hinsley

    >> Yes, from what I gather it is a Trojan. Best way to deal with it is to
    >> run
    >> a virus scan and let your Antivirus application deal with it as this has
    >> been around quite awhile and your AV should be able to pick it up and
    >> deal
    >> with it.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Michael Solomon
    >> Backup is a PC user's best friend
    >> DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
    >>
    >>

    I should have been more clear in my response. I should have told him to
    scan it to see if it was a virus. There was a wininit.exe virus floating
    around at one time. Also, I don't show that process running on my setup.
    Still, I should have told him to to scan to make sure it is not a virus as
    I'm sure the definition for that virus is included in my AV apps.

    --
    Michael Solomon
    Backup is a PC user's best friend
    DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Ian Betts Guest

    Re: wininit



    "PaulB" <PaulB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:70A69700-C139-4153-A3B7-BEAFAA332244@microsoft.com...
    >I have two Vista machines, one that is a new install (never connected to
    > internet or any programs added to it) and both have wininit.exe process
    > running. I don't think this is a Virus. My AV programs scanned both okay.
    > --
    > Paul
    >
    >
    > "Michael Solomon" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "Dan Hinsley" <danhi@exmsft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:4427b3554pkdnkobie8vf2r61hbvttq2pt@4ax.com...
    >> > I've got wininit.exe running on my system, which from looking at some
    >> > websites appears to be a virus (Wolf.16 trojan). But if I kill the
    >> > process, Vista dies. So my question is, is wininit.exe a legitimate
    >> > part of Vista, and if not, what's the safest way to get rid of it?
    >> >
    >> > Thanks,
    >> >
    >> > Dan Hinsley

    >> Yes, from what I gather it is a Trojan. Best way to deal with it is to
    >> run
    >> a virus scan and let your Antivirus application deal with it as this has
    >> been around quite awhile and your AV should be able to pick it up and
    >> deal
    >> with it.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Michael Solomon
    >> Backup is a PC user's best friend
    >> DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/
    >>
    >>

    >

    AVG may not be able to deal so go to www.pandasoftware.com and run their
    free virus scan.

    --
    Ian


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  7. #7


    Mike Hall - MVP Guest

    Re: wininit

    Try the fix as outlined on this website..

    http://www.pchell.com/virus/wininit.shtml


    "Dan Hinsley" <danhi@exmsft.com> wrote in message
    news:4427b3554pkdnkobie8vf2r61hbvttq2pt@4ax.com...
    > I've got wininit.exe running on my system, which from looking at some
    > websites appears to be a virus (Wolf.16 trojan). But if I kill the
    > process, Vista dies. So my question is, is wininit.exe a legitimate
    > part of Vista, and if not, what's the safest way to get rid of it?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Dan Hinsley


    --


    Mike Hall
    MS MVP Windows Shell/User
    http://msmvps.com/blogs/mikehall/




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  8. #8


    Diamontina Cocktail Guest

    Re: wininit

    You can go to Mcafee's web site and get it to do a free scan on your
    machine. It doesn't actually get rid of anything at this stage, just reports
    it. My bet is that you are seeing a normal Windows process.

    "Dan Hinsley" <danhi@exmsft.com> wrote in message
    news:4427b3554pkdnkobie8vf2r61hbvttq2pt@4ax.com...
    > I've got wininit.exe running on my system, which from looking at some
    > websites appears to be a virus (Wolf.16 trojan). But if I kill the
    > process, Vista dies. So my question is, is wininit.exe a legitimate
    > part of Vista, and if not, what's the safest way to get rid of it?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Dan Hinsley



      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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