The file is used to execute the service Sxs Tracing Tool for the processes svchost.exe and wermgr.exe, and to support the device drivers in the OQO computer.

The process was published at 7/13/2009 4:16:12 PM, and is usually located in the path C:WindowsSystem32sxstrace.exe. Once it is active, the process will occupy 27136 KB of the memory usage.

If the memory usage of the process showed in the Task Manager is over 8700173 bytes, then it is almost sure that there is a virus PWS:Win32/Agent.DF or Trojan Program:Win32/Cleanator on your machine.

What should be done then? This file should be replaced immediately with a clean one.

Note: PWS:Win32/Agent.DF is developed by the author of the website of “regicleanse” and spreads through installing the malware RegiCleanse.

The application with the version 6.1.7600.16385 is shared by the games such as “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit”, the web browsers such as the Opera 11.10 and the antivirus such as the Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 for Mac.

If the version number changes and the application is not restored as soon as possible, your computer would receive some pop-ups indicating there is something wrong with your operating system. For example, there may be the notice about MoreGames.dll missing / not found errors, blue screen of death BSoD and the error code 0x1171(Number of character buffers).

The sxstrace.exe vulnerability leads to a total of 870017327136 hits by the Program:Win32/Cleanator since 7/13/2009 4:16:12 PM in countries and places such as Hong Kong, Maldives, Andorra, Mozambique and Monaco, said Bob Slater, a website editor in

How to fix related errors

To fix and repair sxstrace.exe problems, you’re suggested that you download a DLL Tool.

How to avoid related issues

To fix the error “The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect”, please see the application event log or use the command-line sxstrace.exe tool. For more detail, you can use DLL Tool.

The tips below are to help you avoid such kind of issue:

Back up your registry before you clean up and optimize the Windows registry.

Protect your computer with the latest and best antivirus software.

Keep your Windows device driver up-to-date with the Driver Mechanic.

Manage and remove malicious BHOs and ActiveX.

Remove Windows startup applications.

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