This page aims to help you remove the msiexec.exe Virus. These the msiexec.exe Virus removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows. In this article we want to help people understand what is msiexec.exe and how its name can be abused by computer viruses.
What is msiexec.exe?
Please read this! The msiexec.exe process is absolutely safe – as long as it is running from Windows’s directory. If it is not, the process is part of a malware threat that is trying to obfuscate itself by masquerading as a legitimate process.
If you are here now and reading this article, then you have for sure observed unusual behavior on your computer. Regardless if it is advertisements, excessive pop-up ads, random webpages or tabs or the worst case scenario: opening of the other browsers, other than the one you are using at the moment, and when you have no intentions to use them. Something is definitely wrong here,right?
This article will help you to clear out the problem and will show you what exactly has happened or is happening with your PC; how to remove the msiexec.exe Virus and what to do if the issue rises again.
|Name||msiexec.exe (a legitimate process – as long as it is coming from your system files)|
|Symptoms||slowness, glitches, bugs, advertisements|
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msiexec.exe Virus Removal
What is msiexec.exe?
Note: in case you decided to just skip the article, what msiexec.exe is, is a legitimate process if it is running from the OS’s directory. If it’s not, then you are in for a world of trouble, as it is part of a malware that can potentially steal accounts and passwords. We advise you to keep your eyes peeled and complete the entire guide.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – the msiexec.exe Virus may have hidden some of its files.
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.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
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.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove the msiexec.exe Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove the msiexec.exe Virus from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
A BIG WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part, so be extremely careful. If you make a big mistake, it can damage your system significantly. Accounts connected to your credit cards or important information may be exposed to the msiexec.exe Virus. If you do not feel you can do this, download a professional remover. Our editor’s pick goes to SpyHunter:
Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
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 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
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!