Malware.Heuristic.1001 belongs to the class of Trojan horse viruses and can infect most operating systems. As a typical Trojan horse virus, Malware.Heuristic.1001 is very stealthy and difficult to detect.


But if you were lucky enough to locate this malicious piece on your machine, then you should try and not delay its removal. Viruses of the Trojan horse type like Energy.exeBloom.exe, are notorious for their ability to cause very serious damage to people and their computers. And what is remarkable about them is that they are highly versatile in the way that they can cause this damage.

In fact, this quality is to a greater extent what has contributed to Trojans becoming the most widespread malware category on the internet. They can make up for over 3 in every 4 malware attacks, and that’s saying something. Of course, their unique stealth and ability to disguise themselves as legitimate system components also played a part in Trojans becoming a favorite tool for hackers and cybercriminals. But the fact that they can be programmed to accomplish a very wide range of different malicious tasks is certainly the most valuable trait.

This brings us to say that because Malware.Heuristic.1001 is such a new variant, we cannot pinpoint at this point what exact purpose it is designed to serve. Instead, we can offer you a shortlist of some of the most popular usages so you at least have some idea of what this virus may be capable of. And after you’ve finished reading the information provided within this brief article, we would encourage you to make use of the manual removal guide we’ve included below. It is written in step-by-step format and should be fairly comprehensive, but keep in mind that dealing with the removal of such threats may involve dealing with system files, as well. And as we well know, those are vital for the proper functioning of your PC, so be sure to follow the instructions very closely so as to avoid accidentally deleting the wrong file.

The possible usages of Malware.Heuristic.1001

Now, as pointed out, we cannot say for sure what exactly Malware.Heuristic.1001 has been up to in your system. But we are well aware of what the vast majority of Trojans are used for, so we can use that to speculate what might be the case with Malware.Heuristic.1001.

Namely, malicious software pieces of this group are generally used to obtain sensitive or private information from the computers of their victims. This can be achieved by tapping into your mic and/or webcam, recording your keystrokes, monitoring your web traffic, etc. And hence the cybercriminals behind the virus can gain access to things like your online banking details, emails, passwords, social media login credentials, personal details, etc.

Another usage that has gained a lot of popularity in recent years and just seems to be gaining momentum is remote cryptocurrency mining. Basically, the Trojan ‘enslaves’ your computer, making it mine cryptocurrencies for the hackers. But your machine’s resources could be exploited for other things as well, such as sending out spam, for example.


Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Detection Tool

Remove Malware.Heuristic.1001

If you are looking for a way to remove Malware.Heuristic.1001 you can try this:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
  3. Search for Malware.Heuristic.1001 and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall Malware.Heuristic.1001 as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of Malware.Heuristic.1001 completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


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

    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!


    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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