Should I block it?

No, this file is 100% safe to run.

VersionsAdditional versions

6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 4.55%
6.3.9600.16384 (winblue_rtm.130821-1623) 0.10%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.24%
6.3.9431.0 (winmain_bluemp.130615-1214) 0.05%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 2.47%
6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247) 14.12%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.10%
6.2.8400.0 (winmain_win8rc.120518-1423) 0.10%
6.2.8250.0 (winmain_win8beta.120217-1520) 0.05%
6.2.8102.0 (winmain_win8m3.110823-1455) 0.10%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 24.90%
6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) 44.10%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 7.21%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 1.50%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.39%
6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205) 0.05%

Relationships

Parent process
Child processes
Related files

wininit.exe

Windows Start-Up Application by Microsoft

Remove wininit.exe
Version:   6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205)
MD5:   d4385b03e8cccee6f0ee249f827c1f3e
SHA1:   a832ced7749d8d6973117a78dfb3b6d0c0545459
SHA256:   ae9040704a7cefebfddc776f08ab41aafda9d353bf3f4749bbbee7137ed042f2
This is a Windows system installed file with Windows File Protection (WFP) enabled.

What is wininit.exe?

The Wininit file is an .ini file that lists all of the changes to be made to Windows when you restart the computer after installing a program. The Wininit.exe file is the program file that starts the .ini file. It can be run only when the computer restarts so that the changes can be made while Windows is not running.

Overview

wininit.exe executes as a process under the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges (the system and the administrator accounts have the same file privileges) typically within the context of its parent ccSvcHst.exe (Symantec Security Technologies by Symantec Corporation). It has been configured with a firewall exception which allows both inbound and outbound network communication without being blocked. This version is designed to run on Windows Vista and is compiled as a 32 bit program.

DetailsDetails

File name:wininit.exe
Publisher:Microsoft Corporation
Product name:Windows Start-Up Application
Description:Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Typical file path:C:\Windows\System32\wininit.exe
Original name:WinInit.exe.mui
File version:6.0.6000.16386 (vista_rtm.061101-2205)
Product version:6.0.6000.16386
Size:93.5 KB (95,744 bytes)
Digital DNA
Entropy:6.266439
File packed:No
Code language:Microsoft Visual C++
.NET CLR:No
More details

BehaviorsBehaviors

Windows firewall allowed program
Exceptions allow programs to access to the Internet through an outbound connections
  • Firewall exception for 'C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe'

ResourcesResource utilization

(Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
Averages
 
CPU
Total CPU:0.00176050%
0.028634%
Kernel CPU:0.00160663%
0.013761%
User CPU:0.00015388%
0.014873%
Kernel CPU time:351,198 ms/min
100,923,805ms/min
CPU cycles:17,390/sec
17,470,203/sec
Memory
Private memory:1.46 MB
21.59 MB
Private (maximum):2.42 MB
Private (minimum):1.31 MB
Non-paged memory:1.46 MB
21.59 MB
Virtual memory:31.53 MB
140.96 MB
Virtual memory (peak):55.14 MB
169.69 MB
Working set:1.36 MB
18.61 MB
Working set (peak):4.07 MB
37.95 MB
Page faults:2,114/min
2,039/min
I/O
I/O read transfer:0 Bytes/sec
1.02 MB/min
I/O read operations:1/sec
343/min
I/O write transfer:0 Bytes/sec
274.99 KB/min
I/O write operations:1/sec
227/min
I/O other transfer:1.59 KB/sec
448.09 KB/min
I/O other operations:5/sec
1,671/min
Resource allocations
Threads:3
12
Handles:106
600

BehaviorsProcess properties

Integrety level:System
Platform:32-bit
Command line:wininit.exe
Owner:SYSTEM
Parent process:ccSvcHst.exe (Symantec Security Technologies by Symantec Corporation)

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 33.00%
Windows 8.1 17.50%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 7.50%
Windows 7 Professional 6.00%
Windows 8.1 Single Language 4.50%
Windows 8 3.50%
Windows 8 Single Language 3.00%
Windows 8 Pro 3.00%
Windows 7 Home Basic 2.50%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 2.00%
Windows 8 Enterprise N 1.00%
Windows 8.1 N 0.50%
Windows Seven Black Edition 0.50%
Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation 0.50%
Windows Vista Home Premium 0.50%
Windows 8 Enterprise 0.50%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 44.72% of Windows Start-Up Application.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 18.97%
ASUS 18.18%
Hewlett-Packard 17.79%
Acer 14.23%
Toshiba 10.28%
Lenovo 8.70%
Sony 3.95%
Intel 2.37%
GIGABYTE 1.98%
Samsung 1.58%
Alienware 1.19%
Medion 0.79%
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