Trojan horse viruses like IMG001.exe are very often exploited for the purpose of obtaining valuable information from the victim’s computer. This can be a very important file, or even a number of files. If so, then the virus will likely copy them and send them back to the cybercriminals behind it.

Has your computer landed an infection with IMG001.exe Virus? Are you unsure what this is and fear you might be in danger? Then your gut instincts are right and you really may be in serious danger. You have been infected by what’s popularly known as a Trojan horse virus. Now, you’ve likely heard about these horrible threats and you’d be right to feel frightened about having a malicious program like this on your computer. But don’t panic or let fear take over. In this article we will explain exactly what IMG001.exe Virus may be doing and we will provide you with a detailed set of instructions on how to remove it from your system. You will find those under our Removal Guide, following this article. But before that, do take a few minutes to get acquainted with the nature of this malicious software in the following few paragraphs.

Trojans: the internet’s most widespread threat

It’s true that you’re more likely to encounter a Trojan horse virus than any other type of malware when browsing the web. As a matter of fact, in 3 out of 4 cases of infection, that infection will be caused by none other than this notorious threat. But why is that? Well, for one, Trojans are infamously sneaky and they can avoid detection over long periods of time. And for another, viruses like IMG001.exe Virus have the capacity of performing the widest range of different evil tasks in all of malwares-ville. That’s also what makes it nearly impossible to pinpoint what exactly IMG001.exe Virus has up its sleeve in your particular case, unless it’s already managed to do what it got there for. However, even though we can’t tell you exactly what this virus is after right now, we would still like you to have at least some idea of what you could potentially be in for.

Alternatively, the hackers may be after a number of sensitive details, such as passwords, logins, bank account details, etc. All of this can also be obtained from you with the help of a virus like this. It’s also not uncommon for hackers to use them as a means of destroying data, too. And just like with stealing, this can be a clean operation taking out a single file, or it can all go down in flames and you’ll end up needing a new OS or even new computer in general.

It’s also fairly widespread for Trojans to act as the eyes and ears of the hackers. They can use the virus to tap into your mic, your webcam, track your keystrokes, monitor your screen, etc. And we’re not even going to get into the kind of consequences this can have for you personally or professionally. Another thing hackers could be doing with the help of IMG001.exe Virus is using your computer as a means to distribute spam or infect other computers with malware. Something worth mentioning here is also the fact that Trojans often act as backdoors for other malware, most commonly ransomware.

So, with all this in mind, you can see that things look pretty grim and there’s absolutely no justification of keeping IMG001.exe Virus on your system any longer. The sooner you have it removed – the better for you and your safety. But it’s no less important that you know where you can potentially get infected with malware like this again, so you don’t have to deal with future contaminations. The two leading sources of most malware out there, including Trojans, are malvertisements and spam emails. Try to abstain from clicking on any online ads to avoid the former, and the latter just require some common sense. If you see an email that looks suspicious, is sent from a fishy source and just generally doesn’t seem trustworthy – don’t open it. And as you can also potentially get attacked by downloading compromised content, be sure to only use trusted download sources. Also, usually keeping your system up-to-date and your firewall on, as well as having a working antivirus, should be enough to prevent most malware attacks.


Name IMG001.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms A Trojan is very difficult to detect due to typical lack of symptoms, but sometimes frequent system crashes and slowdowns may indicate one’s presence.
Distribution Method Anything from fake system update requests to malicious online ads and spam emails.
Detection Tool

Not Available

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

IMG001.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:


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

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!


About the author


Violet George

Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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