Msedge.exe belongs to the class of Trojan horse viruses and can affect most operating systems. Trojans such as Msedge.exe are considered to be among the most dangerous types of computer viruses out there.
Msedge.exe is legitimate Windows program, but sometimes a virus can disguise itself like it. If the program is using too much resources (CPU or GPU) then it might be a virus running on the background.
For this reason, it’s already good news that you’ve managed to detect Msedge on your computer (if that is indeed why you are here). And on this page, we will hope to offer you some insight as to the nature of this malicious piece. But more importantly, we will be provide you with a removal guide that will help you locate and fully remove Msedge from your OS. And if you would rather perform a full system scan and trust this process over to a high-quality, professional malware removal tool instead, we have one of those available for you, as well.
Please note that dealing with Trojans requires the utmost care, as these viruses can often mimic actual system processes in order to avoid detection. Hence, it is vital that you don’t confuse the different files and don’t happen to delete the wrong ones, as it may lead to irreversible damage to your PC.
What is Msedge.exe?
Trojan horse viruses like Msedge.exe are notorious for their versatility and multifaceted malicious talents. There is a very scope of abilities they possess and hackers can use them for a whole range of criminal activities. For example, a variant like this can be set to steal sensitive information from you using a variety of different methods. The virus may record your keystrokes, for instance, which will enable it to gain access to any kind of data you input via your keyboard. Alternatively (or maybe even at the same time) it may hack your webcam and mic, or it may even hijack your traffic, rerouting it through the hackers’ servers.
The Msedge.exe Malware
A malware like Msedge.exe may just as well be programmed to put your computer’s resources to work for the distribution of spam or for cryptocurrency mining. And another common Trojan horse usage is acting as a backdoor for other malicious threats, usually ransomware. In these cases the Trojan will infiltrate the system first, sometimes even disable the antivirus system, and then load whatever other malicious code it was meant to on the contaminated computer.
As you can see, the potential for doom and gloom is pretty severe. So after you’ve dealt with Msedge.exe, it’s highly important to make sure that you don’t land other such infections again in the future. And you can do that by maintaining your system in a healthy and protected state – on the one hand. On the other, it would be wise to keep away from potential malware transmitters.
Usually these are spam messages that can appear in any shape and form but usually all contain either an attached file or a link that you’re being asked to click on. Malicious online ads are also another very common method of distribution, so try not to interact with online ads at all. And obvious shady/insecure web locations and download sources are good to avoid as well.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
Remove Msedge.exe Malware
If you are looking for a way to remove Msedge.exe you can try this:
- Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
- Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
- Search for Msedge.exe and any other unfamiliar programs.
- Uninstall Msedge.exe as well as other suspicious programs.
Note that this might not get rid of Msedge.exe 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).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
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:
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:
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—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!