Grdsvc.exe Virus Removal (August 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Grdsvc.exe Virus. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

If you want to have a safe and well-protected computer system, then you must certainly ensure that no Trojan Horse viruses manage to invade your machine or else there could be numerous issues caused by such an infection. It’s safe to assume that most of you have already heard about his insidious type of malware. After all, the Trojan Horse PC virus category has been around for quite a while and has pretty much always been one of the most feared and dreaded forms of malware. This is why it is important to always be prepared to handle such a threat and why you must always do your best to keep your machine well protected against Trojans. In the next lines, you will be introduced to a malware program known under the name of Grdsvc.exe. This is one typical Trojan Horse representative and many users have recently reported getting their computers infiltrated by it. Since it is a relatively new cyber-threat, we can assume that Grdsvc.exe Virus is among the more advanced and difficult to deal with Trojan Horse representatives. Because of that, we have decided to show you in this post how you can potentially eliminate such a malware from your PC through some manual removal steps that we have put together within a detailed removal guide. You can take a look at the guide at the bottom of this article and implement its steps in case Grdsvc.exe Virus is currently messing with your system but we advise you to first read the rest of the main part of the article. It is of utmost importance to be well acquainted with the specifics of this sort of malware in order to be able to effectively deal with it and also prevent any future infections so keep that in mind.

Trojans and their stealth

A main factor that plays a huge role in the success of most malware viruses of the Trojan Horse family is their ability to stay hidden and silently infect the targeted machine. A threat like Grdsvc.exe Virus would normally not give away its presence on the machine in any way. Even if there are potential symptoms, there’s no guarantee that any of them would get triggered by the infection. Still, we need to tell you about some of the more typical red flags that you’d need to be on the lookout for in case you suspect that there might be a Trojan virus in your computer. Some of the more likely indicators of a Trojan infection are higher-than-usual use of computer resources – for instance, the malware might require high amounts of RAM, CPU and maybe even GPU memory in order to complete its insidious agenda. Also, an attack by a virus like Grdsvc.exe might also lead to various system disturbances like errors, crashes, freezes and slow-downs. Random blinking windows might start appearing on your screen and you might notice different changes to the system of your PC. Still, though, it is also perfectly possible that none of these symptoms would be present if your computer has gotten attacked by a Trojan. This is why we always tell our readers that they shouldn’t disregard the importance of a good system protection tool. A reliable antivirus might oftentimes make the difference between intercepting a Trojan infection on time and having to deal with the damage and harm that such a virus might have caused to your system afterwards.

Grdsvc.exe Virus Removal



Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:



Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.


Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

Another important thing we need to point out here is that you need to be really careful online if you want to decrease the chances of future encounters with malware threats like Grdsvc.exe. There are many different techniques that hackers might use in order to trick their victims into getting their machines infected. Some examples are seemingly harmless e-mail attachments or any other form of spam, to-good-to-be-true online offers, fake requests for different software updates, pirated downloadable content, shady websites, etc. Just make sure to keep your distance from anything on the Internet that might be unsafe so that your machine doesn’t get infected.

Damaging effects

Although most Trojans are perfectly capable of wreaking havoc on you system and causing various types of malfunction, this type of viruses are actually much more than that. Trojans like Grdsvc.exe are versatile hacking tools that can oftentimes be used for other tasks such as espionage, data and money theft, remote access and control over the infected machine, backdooring other malware programs such as Ransomware and Spyware and so on. That is why you can’t really be sure what such a malware piece’s purpose might actually be if your computer has gotten infected. What you can be sure about, however, is that you must really take the necessary precautions and eliminate the virus ASAP and also ensure that your PC doesn’t get infected again in future.


Name Grdsvc.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Trojans can cause different kinds of unusual system behavior but oftentimes they would show no symptoms whatsoever.
Distribution Method Malicious spam messages, shady ads, pirated and illegally distributed programs, compromised installers, fake web requests – the list goes on and on.
Detection Tool

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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