Winrmsrv.exe. What is that strange process?

Winrmsrv.exe. What is that strange process?
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Written by Wilbur Woodham

Winrmsrv.exe is an internal system process, which belongs to the group of deep system processes. Malware creators exploit the name of this process very often. Last ones name the process of their malicious programs as winrmsrv.exe to confuse the user. In this post, you will see the short description of this process, and also the explanation of how to understand that you have viruses on your PC.

What is the winrmsrv.exe process?

Originally, this application is needed for the internal Windows purposes. Microsoft themselves does not uncover the whole information about this application, and it is quite hard to understand its task. But it is quite easy to spectate the fact that this process is not often used. It runs in the background when the operating system needs to perform some internal actions, and then disappears.

A lot of users complain that winrmsrv.exe process asks for firewall access for some reason. The original variant of this process does not require the network access through the firewall. It executes the tasks with the help of the elements which are always inside of your system, so there is no need to connect the network. A dubious process which names itself as winrmsrv.exe and asks for the network access is definitely a virus. In the majority of cases, this name is used by trojan-miners as a disguise.


winrmsrv.exe process asks for the network access through the firewall

How can I understand that winrmsrv.exe is a virus?

As I have said in the previous paragraph, the fact that you see any asks from winrmsrv.exe is already enough to raise suspicion. To ensure that you have viruses on your PC, you need to perform the full scan with anti-malware software. Do not put it off for later – trojan-miner is a very dangerous thing, that may cause numerous hardware failures. Moreover, the things may not stop on the trojan-miner. If malware penetrates your system, you can easily get 3-4 viruses of different types.

Scanning requires a proper antivirus program. It is quite hard to choose one which will fit all your requirements, so a lot of users do not have any security tool. Microsoft Defender, which is present in Windows by default, has several significant disadvantages. These problems force a lot of users to choose another antivirus. I can offer you to use GridinSoft Anti-Malware, as a well-proven and efficient program which will surely help you to get rid of this trojan virus.

Removing the viruses with GridinSoft Anti-Malware

  • Download and install the GridinSoft Anti-Malware. After the installation, you will be offered to perform the standard scan. Apply this action.
  • GridinSoft Anti-Malware during the scan process

  • Standard scan lasts up to six minutes and checks the system files together with the files of the programs you have installed on your computer.
  • GridinSoft Anti-Malware scan results

  • When the scan is complete, press “Apply” to wipe out the malicious items that are present on your PC.
  • Malware removing with GridinSoft Anti-Malware

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is it possible to check the malevolency of this process without the antivirus scan?

    In contrast to other Windows processes, this one is quite hard to catch in Task Manager. However, if you see it, and are not sure if it is a legit one, click it with the right mouse button and choose “Open file location” option. You will see the folder where the source file is stored. If that folder is different from Windows/System32, it is likely a virus.

    Can I just delete the process from the root directory?

    No. In case if the process belongs to the legitimate system element, you will not be able to edit the root directory of the system, where it is stored, without granting yourself permission for this action. And its deletion will surely lead to system malfunctioning, or even blue screen of death.

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    Winrmsrv.exe. What is that strange process?
    Winrmsrv.exe. What is that strange process?
    Winrmsrv.exe is a deep system process which is usually unseen by the users. However, a lot of malware developers use its name as a disguise for their viruses.

    About the author

    Wilbur Woodham

    I was a technical writer from early in my career, and consider IT Security one of my foundational skills. I’m sharing my experience here, and I hope you find it useful.

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