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What is wscript.exe?

Part of Microsoft ® Windows Script Host by Microsoft

What is it?

The Microsoft Windows Script Host (WSH) is an automation technology for Microsoft Windows that provides scripting abilities comparable to batch files, but with a wider range of supported features. It was originally called Windows Scripting Host, but was renamed for the second release.
Description of wscript.exe from Microsoft
Microsoft® Windows® Script Host (WSH) is a language-independent scripting host for Windows Script compatible scripting engines. It brings simple, powerful, and flexible scripting to the Windows 32-bit platform, allowing you to run scripts from both the Windows desktop and the command prompt.
(wscript.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does wscript.exe run?

Process - wscript.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.

How does wscript.exe start?

Shell open command - wscript.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of JSFile with and identifier of C:\Windows\System32\WScript.exe "%1" %*. A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.
Scheduled task - wscript.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\4629'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.
Startup files (all users) run - wscript.exe is registered with the run identifier 'IntelTBRunOnce' and the execution command 'wscript.exe //b //nologo "C:\Program Files\Intel\TurboBoost\RunTBGadgetOnce.vbs"' in the Windows registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when any Windows user logs into Windows.
Startup files (user) run - wscript.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Protector' and the execution command 'wscript.exe "C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\SDIV 2.0\Prot\prot.vbs" check' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.
Scheduled tasks startup - wscript.exe is launched automatically when a user logs into Windows by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\USER_ESRV_SVC'. With Scheduled Tasks, any script, program, or document can be configured to run when a user logs into the PC. These tasks start every time that Windows is booted and runs in the background.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.4% of all Boost users have the wscript.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of wscript.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is wscript.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00001% CPU55.8%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          3.36 MB RAM15.6%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 1 /min0.0%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         9 GDI objects6.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
 1 context switches/sec1.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:

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What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Enterprise N (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro N (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)
Windows 8 Single Language (6.2.9200.0)
Windows Server 2012 Standard Evaluation (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: wscript.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Microsoft ® Windows Script Host
Description: Microsoft ® Windows Based Script Host
Version: 5.8.9200.16384
Size: 156.5 KB
Original file name: wscript.exe.mui
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000083716%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000027905%
User CPU: 0.00000558109447%
Privileged CPU time: 31.25 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 823,325,194
CPU cycle count /min: 14,096,372
Context switches /sec: 1
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 108.92 MB
Peak committed memory: 117.09 MB
Paged memory: 3.36 MB
Peak paged memory: 3.96 MB
Paged system memory: 202.09 KB
Non-paged system memory: 21.94 KB
Working set memory: 13.22 MB
Peak working set memory: 13.24 MB
Min working set memory: 11.69 MB
Private memory: 3.36 MB
Page faults: 5,529
Page faults /min: 3
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 403
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 68.83 KB
Read transfer /min: 34 Bytes
Total other operations: 2,987
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 45.37 KB
Other Transfer /min: 22 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 9
Peak GDI objects: 10
USER objects: 6
Peak USER objects: 7
Handle count average: 258
Thread count average: 5
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Process Command
"C:\Windows\System32\WScript.exe" "C:\ProgramData\Adobe\1886F0EF.vbe"

Shell open command details

Name: vbefile
Command: "C:\Windows\System32\WScript.exe" "%1" %*

Scheduled task details

Name: 4560
Command: \4560

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: IntelTBRunOnce
Command: wscript.exe //b //nologo "C:\Program Files\Intel\TurboBoost\RunTBGadgetOnce.vbs"

Startup files (user) run details

Name: TempSnippingTool
Command: wscript.exe //B "C:\users\user\appdata\Local\Temp\TempSnippingTool.vbs"

Scheduled tasks startup details


Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 57950

Image hashes

MD5: 524c9700e3385814c278cf547ce75fec
SHA-1: eb71a0d4b32641c7c4cbf596514c25ca2b7b2e7d
SHA-256: 4a8a6db58eb4212d103b8a126b37f5792280578b4960f6770ce1b5bf3b1bc987

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 5.98883
File packed: No
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