winmail.dat - Is winmail.dat trojan, malware, or a virus?

what is winmail.dat?
Purpose of winmail.dat:



Process or task name:

Be sure to always double check your spelling if you are concerned about spyware, as often spyware will use a very similiar spelling of system processes or other common tasks. winmail.dat

File type:
Misc file type - Not an exe or dll file, but still could be an executable if it is an activex file, script, etc.

Purpose of this file:
Winmail.dat is not an executable program, but a data file, and if you are getting these winmail.dat files as email attachments, then read below. The actual disk location does not matter with this file type, since this is not an executable or file that can run on your computer. This cannot be spyware, virus, or adware related. This data file is arriving as email attachments and may be unreadable data. This is because they are sent as MIME encoded emails, and MIME is a data type that can be unreadable in some email readers or email software. The reason that the email is unreadable is your reader has no idea what to do with the formatting in it, so it looks encrypted. The default attachment for this is winmail.dat. Have the sender send you the file as plain text, and you should be able to read it fine. If he's using Outlook, then he can change the settings for this. He/she is probably sending files in html formats or rich text, and your reader cannot understand it. If you are using Outlook to read the emails, then it should be no problem as Outlook can recognize the MIME type, and the winmail.dat attachment will not occur. This is not considered malware or spyware related, it is a safe file as it is not an executable file. Visit winmail.dat for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the winmail.dat location, where is it stored on my computer?
The attachment can be anywhere if you save it on your computer, it arrives as email attachments so this doesn't really apply.


Note on file and folder locations: Remember that although many files are always in default file locations, some files can easily be moved to different locations or change names like many virus, spyware, or malware do. If you suspect you have a virus or spyware, check to see if you see a similiar names stored elsewhere. It always helps to check your tasklist also to see what is currently running on your computer. You can always view the tasklist on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view your "task manager", and then click the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running on your computer. Dll files will NOT show on your computer tasklist, as dll files are actually part of other processes. You may see similiar program names running if spyware or adware is on your computer, for example, winmail.dat may be slightly misspelled to keep you from finding it, or spyware and adware may be named very similiar to a system file. Make sure always check the location of tasks or processes if you are concerned. winmail.dat can also be used by other programs or software, as there is no standard on software program names what companies choose.

  • Is winmail.dat spyware?
        No.

  • Is this considered adware or popup related?
        No.

  • Is this considered a virus or trojan?
        No.

  • Would you recommend that I remove winmail.dat?
        No, I would not remove this file.

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    Winmail.dat is not an executable program, but a data file, and if you are getting these winmail.dat files as email attachments, then read below. The actual disk location does not matter with this file type, since this is not an executable or file that can run on your computer. This cannot be spyware, virus, or adware related. This data file is arriving as email attachments and may be unreadable data. This is because they are sent as MIME encoded emails, and MIME is a data type that can be unreadable in some email readers or email software. The reason that the email is unreadable is your reader has no idea what to do with the formatting in it, so it looks encrypted. The default attachment for this is winmail.dat. Have the sender send you the file as plain text, and you should be able to read it fine. If he's using Outlook, then he can change the settings for this. He/she is probably sending files in html formats or rich text, and your reader cannot understand it. If you are using Outlook to read the emails, then it should be no problem as Outlook can recognize the MIME type, and the winmail.dat attachment will not occur. This is not considered malware or spyware related, it is a safe file as it is not an executable file. The attachment can be anywhere if you save it on your computer, it arrives as email attachments so this doesn't really apply. Please feel free to check www.what-is-exe.com for any future lookups or updates, as this index is continually changing and expanding.