How to Remove “winload.exe”

What is winload.exe?

winload.exe is a legitimate file process developed by Microsoft Corporation. This process is known as winload.exe and it belongs to Windows Boot Manager. You can locate the file in C:\Windows\System32. The virus is created by malware authors and is named after winload.exe file.

Affected Platform: Windows OS

How to check if your computer is infected with winload.exe malware?

If your system is affected by winload.exe malware, you will notice one or several of the symptoms below:

  • winload.exe occupies an unusually large CPU memory
  • Erratic internet connection
  • Your browser is bombarded with annoying popup ads
  • Computer screen freezes
  • PC's processing speed suffers
  • You are redirected to unknown websites

To pinpoint the virus file location, take the following steps:

Step 1: Press CTRL+ALT+DEL keys at once to open Task Manager.

Step 2: If you notice the file located outside C:\Windows\System32, you should run an antivirus scan to get rid of the malware.

How to remove winload.exe malware from system using Comodo Cleaning Essentials?

You can either choose to remove winload.exe and other malwares using Comodo Antivirus, or Comodo Cleaning Essentials (CCE) – both of which are absolutely free to download! CCE is a set of computer security tools designed to help you identify and remove malwares and unsafe processes from an infected computer.

To remove malwares using CCE, take the following steps:

1. Check the system requirements and download the feature-rich CCE suite for free.

2. After installation, choose the type of scan you want to perform. CCE offers 3 scan options to get rid of malwares from a PC:

  • Smart Scan: Does a scan on critical areas of your system.
  • Full Scan: Does a complete scan of your system.
  • Custom Scan: Does a scan only on selected items.

The process to initiate the above mentioned scans are self-explanatory and thus, easy-to-use. 
Additionally, it's recommended that you approve of any updates that the CCE will prompt you about to ensure it does a better job of identifying all the latest threats.

3. Click 'Next' to view the results.
Regardless of the type of scan you choose, the results will sometimes show false positive (flagging files that are actually safe), which has to be ignored. Only select the files you want to get rid of.

4. Click 'Apply' to apply the selected operations to the threats. The selected operations will be applied.

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Malware Entries

First Seen: 15 May 2012 at 4:50 pm
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Malware
Name
Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
Malware Behavior
1 zCore Executable 2163e86518e9e9ae
4d1a0c49d64c8e0e
a186abf5
1861916c791e7752
8ad58cc0dd538872
TrojWare.Win
32.TrojanDro
pper.VB.ABV
No 1.02.0002 1.02.0002 Internal Submission N/A
2 N/A Executable 3c6c3fedc1eb3a4e
94dc5a4a6f8a1f0f
c0858f1c
5393f2458b22f402
874ad13478756b03
Unclassified
Malware
No 3.2.3.0 6.3.3.1 Internal Submission N/A
3 N/A Executable 5899df6f214d9066
dd4ff8df9f227bc5
2716d052
ca098ce46021c49b
25d018495e930bbd
Unclassified
Malware
No 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 United States N/A
4 Tonec Inc. Executable 0c7ade43e41adf85
b409ef2c5b74ad39
0cbc0ca9
33576d723557be14
3bb8c3750b93b543
Unclassified
Malware
No 6.11.5.1 6.11.5.1 Internal Submission N/A
Display 4 items per page
  • 4 items per page
  • 8 items per page
  • 16 items per page
  • 32 items per page
49

Safe Entries

First Seen: 03 December 2008 at 11:40 am
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
1 Microsoft Corporation Executable b7976014df82f3c2
625687e3883fc4ac
dffa60ce
243e27acb6397446
e08952a0c99d94a0
Yes 6.1.7600.1
6385
(win7_rtm.
090713-125
5)
6.1.7600.1
6385
United States
2 Microsoft Corporation Executable 101ba76568a35bdc
e551959e75de934a
d3ecb610
9719ccc5f0caf07a
fee17d46e3ce53b3
No 6.2.9200.1
6433
(win8_gdr.
121010-170
4)
6.2.9200.1
6433
Internal Submission
3 NovAtel Inc. Executable abaa30e283de258b
25e27f12719a1dad
f4f4c07a
6893d51db861fb27
c134a9ac95e4cd5d
No 1.0.3.205 1.0.0.0
Alpha
Internal Submission
4 Microsoft Corporation Executable 1cce13510f331b15
2cfd678b58899538
27f441d8
87b2086d7382a429
35d55ec69e5e71ab
Yes 6.1.7600.1
6385
(win7_rtm.
090713-125
5)
6.1.7600.1
6385
Internal Submission
Display 4 items per page
  • 4 items per page
  • 8 items per page
  • 16 items per page
  • 32 items per page
 
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