Msedge.exe Malware


Msedge.exe

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.
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The msedge.exe malware

Msedge

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.

 

SUMMARY:

Name Msedge.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
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Remove Msedge.exe Malware

Victims of the Msedge.exe Trojan should do their best to remove the stealthy infection as soon as possible. If you are one of these victims and don’t know how to do that, we recommend you start with the short instructions below:
  1. Open the Windows Start menu (the Start button bottom left corner) and go to Control Panel >>> Programs and Features >>> Uninstall a Program.
  2. Then, take your time to carefully search for Msedge.exe and other unfamiliar or questionable-looking programs that have been installed on your computer without your knowledge or approval. Pay attention to the programs’ name and manufacturer and research them online if you need more information to decide if they represent any danger to your PC.
  3. Then, uninstall Msedge.exe and any other programs that you believe are dangerous by selecting them one by one and clicking the Uninstall button at the top of the window.
  4. If a pop-up warning like the one below appears on the screen when you click Uninstall, select NO and complete the steps from the uninstallation process.
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After you complete these steps, a great portion of the danger should be gone from your computer. However, please keep in mind that Trojans like Msedge.exe tend to add helper components and malicious files in a number of system locations. This tactic helps the threats to gain persistence and complete the malicious agenda they have been assigned for. Therefore, we highly recommend you not to stop here, but to complete the steps from the manual Msedge.exe removal guide below in order to ensure that all traces of the Trojan are removed completely.
Step1

The successful removal of all Msedge.exe-related files and components will require you to restart your computer several times during the completion of this guide. Therefore, before you start, we recommend you to bookmark this page in your browser, so you can quickly get back to it and complete the full guide. Another solution is to simply open the guide on another device such as your smartphone, tablet or another computer.

Now that you have bookmarked this guide, it is time to restart the infected computer in Safe Mode (click the link for details on how to do that). Safe Mode will allow you to easily spot any unusual activity on the computer while limiting the number of running processes and programs only to the most essential ones. With the computer in Safe Mode, click on the Start menu button and type msconfig in the search field, then hit enter. Next, in the System Configuration window that opens, click the Startup tab and take a look at the startup items listed there:
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If you find a startup item with an unusual name or an “Unknown” Manufacturer and you believe that item is related to Msedge.exe, uncheck its checkmark to disable it. Then, once you are done, click OK to save your settings.
Step2
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Next, use the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combination from the keyboard to start the Windows Task Manager. In it, click on the Processes Tab and start searching for processes that could be related to Msedge.exe. Again, pay attention to entries with odd names or unusually high CPU and Memory usage and if you spot something suspicious, right-click on it and select Open File Location:
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This will open the folder where all files related to that process are stored. Once you see them, use the scanner below to check these files for malicious code:
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    After you see the scan results, end the process if one or more of its files turn out to be dangerous and delete their folders. Repeat the file scan for any process that you think could be linked to the Trojan or another unusual activity.
    Step3

    In case of infection with Msedge.exe, the Hosts file of the computer is one of the files where malicious changes can often be found. That’s why, in this next step you need to open the Hosts file by pasting the line below in the Start menu search bar and then press Enter:

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

    When the Hosts file opens, scroll the text and search for Localhost. 

    If you are hacked, a sign for that will be the presence of dozens of questionable-looking IP addresses under Localhost:

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    If there are suspicious IPs in your file, please copy them and  write to us in the comments. A member of our team will take a look at them and advise you on what to do.

    Step4

    After you stop any malicious processes that you find, disable any dangerous startup entries and check your Hosts file for hacking signs, it is time to open your Registry Editor and search the registry for entries that Msedge.exe has added in there.

    For that, go to the Start menu search bar and type Regedit in the search field, followed by a hit on the Enter button from the keyboard.

    Once the Editor opens, press CTRL and F and type the Name of the Trojan infection. Then, press Find Next and carefully delete any entries that appear in the results. If nothing is found matching the Trojan’s name, go manually to these directories and check each of them for files and folders that have unusual name and cannot be related to any legitimate software that is presently on your computer:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
    If you are unsure whether a specific file or folder is related to the infection, please do not make any deletions or changes in the registry on your own because you may corrupt your OS in a serious way. Instead, we recommend you use the powerful Msedge.exe removal program linked on this page or the free online virus scanner  to check anything that looks suspicious. 
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    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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