CodeMeter Virus

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CodeMeter is a very problematic piece of malware that can capture your passwords and login credentials, corrupt your digital files and monitor your system’s processes remotely. Due to its stealth, CodeMeter is considered a Trojan Horse that is spread through various seemingly harmless online transmitters.


If CodeMeter virus is located in a subfolder C:\Users\\Your_Username\ or C:\ Documents and Settings\\Your_Username\ or type %HOMEPATH% in Explorer adress bar, the security rating is 70% dangerous. In most of the cases, the victims of Trojans like CodeMeter don’t realize that their machines have been compromised until some major damage occurs or the antivirus successfully identifies the danger.

Fortunately, today, there are very powerful and effective antivirus programs that can cope with the majority of Trojans that can target your computer. But when it comes to new Trojan viruses such as CodeMeter, things should be treated with a bit more care. The reason is, the freshly discovered Trojan threats may take some time to be included in the virus database of most antivirus programs, and until that happens, the security software may not be able to detect and remove them from the system. This is why new and advanced Trojans like CodeMeter, Altruistics and Wup.exe always have a chance to reach even antivirus-protected systems.

The good news is that security professionals work hard to limit the possibility of such kind of Zero Day attacks from new malware. Many of the most sophisticated and high-end security solutions include behavioral monitoring feature that aims at detecting unusual activity on the protected devices that may not be found in the existing virus definitions database. This feature helps new viruses to be spotted before making a serious damage to the infected computer, therefore it is best to invest in sophisticated security software to ensure optimal computer protection.  Also, make sure you always pay attention to suspicious system behavior and strange activities, so that you increase your chances of recognizing a possible malware attack.

The CodeMeter Virus

Threats such as the CodeMeter virus are widely recognized by the cybercriminals because of their various potential malicious uses and the multi-purpose abilities they have. Symptoms of the presence of the CodeMeter virus in the system can differ based on what the Trojan is used for.


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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove CodeMeter!

How to remove CodeMeter

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find CodeMeter in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select CodeMeter from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to CodeMeter.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to CodeMeter.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove CodeMeter from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the CodeMeter extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to CodeMeter and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of CodeMeter on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the CodeMeter extension
  4. Get rid of CodeMeter by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “CodeMeter” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete CodeMeter

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the CodeMeter process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete CodeMeter
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “CodeMeter” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall CodeMeter

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for CodeMeter in there
    4. Uninstall CodeMeter from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any CodeMeter-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to CodeMeter in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    Is CodeMeter dangerous?

    For example, if the Trojan has been programmed to spy on you, you probably won’t find anything that gives his presence away. If, however, the malware has been set  to exploit your computer’s resources for cryptocurrency mining activity, then you may notice that the system may become exceedingly unstable and could undergo unexpected freezing, failures, glitches and other strange issues. In most cases, though, detecting a Trojan based on its symptoms is nearly impossible. This type of malicious software relies much on its stealth to perform most of its criminal activities.
    Some Trojans may be used as tools that secretly deliver other infections inside the computer. CodeMeter, for instance, may be tasked to block your security program, detect system vulnerabilities and use them to inject Ransomware, Spyware or some other malware inside the computer without any visible indications for a contamination.

    How can you remove CodeMeter?

    It may be very hard to cope with a new Trojan Horse virus like CodeMeter but we believe that you can succeed in removing it and protecting your PC if you closely follow the instructions offered in the guide below.


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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