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.

msedge.exe

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)
Detection Tool

Remove Msedge.exe Malware

If you are looking for a way to remove Msedge.exe 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 Msedge.exe and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. 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


Step1

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).

Step2

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. 

malware-start-taskbar

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

Each file will be scanned with up to 64 antivirus programs to ensure maximum accuracy
This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users.
This file is not matched with any known malware in the database. You can either do a full real-time scan of the file or skip it to upload a new file. Doing a full scan with 64 antivirus programs can take up to 3-4 minutes per file.
Drag and Drop File Here To Scan
Drag and Drop File Here To Scan
Loading
Analyzing 0 s
Each file will be scanned with up to 64 antivirus programs to ensure maximum accuracy
    This scanner is based on VirusTotal's API. By submitting data to it, you agree to their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and to the sharing of your sample submission with the security community. Please do not submit files with personal information if you do not want them to be shared.

    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. 

    Step3

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

    appwiz

    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:

    virus-removal1

    Step4

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

    msconfig_opt

    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.

    Step5

    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!

    blank

    About the author

    blank

    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.

    Leave a Comment