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What’s WSReset.exe (This tool resets the Windows Store without changing account settings or deleting installed apps)? Is it safe or a virus?

WSReset.exe is a process included in Microsoft Windows that is used to reset the Windows Store cache.

When the Windows Store app is having issues such as not downloading or updating apps, or not launching properly, running WSReset.exe can help resolve these issues. The process resets the Windows Store app to its default settings, removing any corrupt cache files that may be causing the problems. Running WSReset.exe does not delete any installed apps or settings, but simply refreshes the Windows Store app.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes WSReset.exe (This tool resets the Windows Store without changing account settings or deleting installed apps)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of WSReset.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is WSReset.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the WSReset.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find WSReset.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 5, 2024

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