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What is wins.exe?

Part of WINS SERVER by Microsoft

(wins.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does wins.exe run?

Service - wins.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'WINS' (WINS). This is a system service that is installed with the Windows operating system and protected with Window's File Protection. This service runs as the LOCAL SERVICE account with minimum privileges on the local computer and presents anonymous credentials on the network. WINS runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


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About 0.5% of all Boost users have the wins.exe process running.Of the 0.5% of wins.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is wins.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00005% CPU460.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
7.8 MB RAM36.2%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Server 2012 Standard Evaluation (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: wins.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Description: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Version: 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247)
Product version: 6.2.9200.16384
Size: 269.5 KB
Original file name: wins.exe
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0001859966%
Privileged CPU: 0.0001399975%
User CPU: 0.00004599916922%
Privileged CPU time: 140.4 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 513,831,536
CPU cycle count /min: 346,309
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 628.36 MB
Peak committed memory: 629.46 MB
Paged memory: 7.8 MB
Peak paged memory: 7.89 MB
Paged system memory: 88.74 KB
Non-paged system memory: 25.5 KB
Working set memory: 8.77 MB
Peak working set memory: 8.79 MB
Min working set memory: 8.7 MB
Private memory: 7.8 MB
Page faults: 3,201
Page faults /min: 2
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 79
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 2.35 MB
Read transfer /min: 1.62 KB
Total write operations: 26
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 60.11 KB
Write transfer /min: 41 Bytes
Total other operations: 516
Other operations /min: 1
Total other transfer: 10.26 KB
Other Transfer /min: 7 Bytes
Handle count average: 218
Thread count average: 15
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): Local Service
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command

Service details

Name: WINS
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “@%SystemRoot%\system32\WINSEVNT.DLL,-2”

Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 42
TCP: localhost on port 49158

Image hashes

MD5: 931e67fc219d3f00ab29eaf516a321be
SHA-1: fe3fabc2dc28a8dbff457ca9941dd7028443d621

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
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