Process or task name:
Always double check your task spelling if you are concerned about spyware or viruses, as often they use similiar spelling for these windows processes and tasks: winnook.exe
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.
Purpose of this file:
This is a file known as Antivirusgold, although it is not the main file, it is part of this adware related application, and it is a spyware and adware related program. It acts as an antivirus program, but actually displays ads to you as advertising related software to buy their product. It also adds (no pun intended) alot of ad related stuff on your desktop and system tray. It will run automaticaly whenever your computer is rebooted. If this were on my computer, I would remove it immediately.
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What is the winnook.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
This file will be found on your hard drive at C:\WINDOWS\System32\winnook.exe
Is winnook.exe spyware?
Yes. This is considered a spyware related program.
Is this software task considered adware or malware?
Yes. This is advertising related, so it is considered adware and may be causing popup windows on your computer.
Is winnook.exe considered a virus or trojan?
No, this windows task is not a virus or trojan program.
Would you recommend that I remove winnook.exe?
Yes, I would remove winnook.exe if it was on my computer. If you wish to do this, and you get an error message because you cannot access it, you should first terminate the task in your tasklist and then attempt to add it to your recycle bin again.