Msedgewebview2.exe belongs to the class of malicious software known as Trojan horse viruses. Msedgewebview2.exe is one of the latest variants of this malware category and is highly dangerous.
Msedgewebview2.exe is a legitimate Microsoft Windows program, but sometimes it can be a hideout for a virus. Unstoppable background tasks and processes are usually an indication of one such virus.
Especially because this virus is new, many antivirus systems don’t yet have it in their database and will, therefore, not be able to shield their users from it. Furthermore, the novelty of this particular virus also makes it difficult to determine its exact purpose for the time being.
Trojan horse viruses like Msedgewebview2 are notorious for their versatility and ability to execute a wide range of malicious tasks. Hence, the exact usage of Msedgewebview2 could range from anything as petty as simply crashing your system to something as devious as stealing your banking details and personal information.
Either way, as you can see, whatever this virus is meant to be doing on your computer – you won’t want to let it stick around for much longer. In fact, we recommend that as soon as you’re done reading this brief post, you head straight away to the removal guide we have included below. It will show you how to locate Msedgewebview2.exe and effectively delete it from your OS. However, be warned that viruses of these type are experts at disguise and they can mimic system files and processes so as to avoid detection and confuse users. For this reason it is vital that you follow the steps in the guide exactly as described, to avoid potentially deleting an actual system file and in doing so crippling your computer. We also have a professional removal tool available, which can handle the whole process automatically.
The Msedgewebview2.exe Malware
There is a handful of most common usages for Trojan horse viruses such as the Msedgewebview2.exe malware. For example, as already pointed out, they can be programmed to damage your system by crashing it or format all of its disks and drives, thus erasing all the data stored on it.
But the even more common and also more elaborate and cunning possibilities include spying on you and theft. Theft usually pertains to information that can be obtained by recording your keystrokes, for instance, or even by hijacking your internet and having it go through the hackers’ remote servers. But the cybercriminals may just as well use the information they steal to clean out your bank account, make purchases in your name and with your money, etc.
Software of this type is also often used to turn computers into bots and allow hackers remote access to them. From then on they can use it for a long list of different things, be it cryptocurrency mining or spam distribution and so on. Then another fairly popular usage of malicious variants like Msedgewebview2.exe is acting as backdoors for other malicious code. Typically, another infamous virus category known as ransomware relies heavily on the help of a Trojan in order to enter the targeted system. So it may be a good idea to also check your systems for any other possible threats after you’ve successfully removed Msedgewebview2.exe.
Msedgewebview2.exe Malware Removal
Trojans like Msedgewebview2.exe must be removed as quickly as possible. That’s why here we will offer you a set of quick instructions that we suggest you try before you move to the guide below:
- Head to the Windows Start button and click it.
- Then, navigate to Control Panel >> Programs and Features >>> Uninstall a Program.
- Once you get there, carefully search for Msedgewebview2.exe and Uninstall it.
- If you find any other unfamiliar programs that you can’t remember installing by yourself, Uninstall them as well.
Keep in mind that the completion of the steps above does not guarantee that Msedgewebview2.exe has been fully removed from your system. Trojans can hide in many system locations, thus, for optimal results, we recommend using the detailed removal guide below:
The very first thing that you should do if you are about to follow this guide is to Bookmark this page in order not to lose it in case you are required to close down your browser during some of the steps
Next, we advise you to enter your computer in Safe Mode (you can use the instructions from the active link) to make the Trojan detection easier.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
With all the preparations from step one done, now head to the Windows Task Manager. One way to open it quickly is to press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key from the keyboard together. When the window launches, tap on the Processes Tab and take a careful look at each process that is listed there.
If a given process looks questionable or seems to be operated by Msedgewebview2.exe, right-click on it. Then, from the pop-up menu select the first option called Open File Location. When you get to the file location of the questionable process, drag and drop the files found in that location in the free virus scanner here:
The scan shouldn’t take long. Wait for it to complete and then, if the scanned files end up being malicious, go back to the Processes tab, end the related questionable processes and delete the folders that contain the infected files from their File Location.
Next, head to the Control Panel and search for entries that have been installed by Msedgewebview2.exe there. The quickest way to open the Control Panel is to press the Start and R keys from the keyboard together and type appwiz.cpl in the Run box that appears on the screen. Click OK for the command to run.
Once the Control Panel window opens, search for suspicious and Msedgewebview2.exe-related entries and Uninstall them. You may see a pop-up warning like the one shown below when you try to Uninstall a given entry.
Make sure that you choose NO and continue with the uninstall process.
Trojans like Msedgewebview2.exe may add some helper components in the system’s startup in order to ensure that they start to run as soon as the computer launches. In order to remove these components, go to the Windows search field, and type msconfig. Press enter and you should see the following window:
Tap on the Startup tab and remove the checkmark for any entries that do not seem to be related to the system or any of the apps that you trust. Any entries that look suspicious or have an “Unknown” Manufacturer should be carefully researched.
- Important! Trojans may help other malware to sneak inside the system. If you suspect that your computer might be hacked or some other threat (like ransomware) has compromised it, do the following:
Open a Run box by pressing the Start and R keyboard keys together. Then, copy this line in the Run box:
Click OK and you should see a simple text file named Hosts on your screen. Scroll the file and find where it is written Localhost. Then, check if there are some questionable IPs below Localhost:
If there are IPs below “Localhost” that seem disturbing, please leave us a comment below this post, as this may be an indication that your computer is hacked.
Finally, it is time to clear the Trojan’s entries from the Registry. This can be done from the Registry Editor that is quickly opened when you type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
As soon as you get there, press CTRL and F keys together. A Find box will appear on the screen. Type the name of the Trojan in the search field of the Find box and perform a search in the Registry. If the Find function finds entries with that name, right-click on them to delete them.
After no more entries are found with that name, navigate to the directories listed below manually and delete their content:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Random Directory
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER>Software>Microsoft>Internet Explorer>Main>Random
Finally, if there are still some signs of Msedgewebview2.exe on your computer after you complete all the steps from the guide, use the professional removal tool to scan the system for hidden entries. If any questions arise, don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comments below and we will do our best to help you.