Remove “Microsoft CVE-2017-0144: Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability” (Dec.2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove “Microsoft CVE-2017-0144: Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability”. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

The Trojan Horse category contains hundreds of representatives, all of which are highly versatile and can perform different types of criminal activities. For this reason, it is, in many cases, almost impossible to tell you what exactly to expect from a Trojan horse infection such as the recently detected and reported “Microsoft CVE-2017-0144: Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability” Trojan. This new representative is a highly problematic piece of malware, capable of almost anything malicious you could think of. Still, in the next lines, we will do our best to provide you with some essential information about its nature and also about the most effective methods that you can use to remove it. It seems that a lot of web users have had the misfortune to have a close encounter with this nasty threat as it has managed to secretly infiltrate their computers.

If you are one of them, then the removal guide below should prove useful when it comes to the fast and safe elimination of the infection. The fact that this Trojan is not limited to only one specific criminal task (like most other threats like Ransomware, Spyware and so on) is one of the things that makes such pieces of malware so unpredictable and, therefore, dangerous. If you fail to catch and clean your system on time, “Microsoft CVE-2017-0144: Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability” may cause a variety of really unpleasant and serious issues. Some of the typical criminal activities that a threat of this kind may initiate may include data deletion, corruption of important software or system files, theft of sensitive information, espionage and much more. If the hackers decide, they may program the Trojan to perform backdooring for other infections and secretly insert viruses inside your PC. They may also establish remote access and impose control over your system processes to facilitate their criminal agenda without your knowledge. That’s why, if you have the slightest suspicion or if you know that “Microsoft CVE-2017-0144: Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability” is hiding somewhere inside your system, we strongly recommend that you do not lose time and immediately follow the instructions below and remove the threat in the fastest possible way.

Remove “Microsoft CVE-2017-0144: Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability”

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).



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:

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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:

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.


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

The worst part is that usually there are no symptoms which can give the Trojan away and draw your attention to its presence in the system. You may not even have a clue that your computer has been compromised and the malware has been secretly operating in the background for some time. That’s why it is crucial to protect your computer in advance with a reliable antivirus program which can do regular scans and detect suspicious background activities or potential Trojan transmitters. More often than not, the contamination happens with the help of well-disguised carriers which resemble regular files, email attachments, links, ads, pop-ups prompts, software updates, attractive offers or legitimately-looking websites. Once you click on the contaminated piece of content, however, the malware gets activated and downloaded and secretly invades your computer. As you can see, being observant and careful online may not be enough to fully protect your system from malware. Of course, you should still try to keep away from obviously shady web locations, sketchy messages from unknown senders and unreliable software sources because other nasty threats may also hide there and expose your system to danger but having a good security program on your machine is also important and should not be ignored.


Name “Microsoft CVE-2017-0144: Windows SMB Remote Code Execution Vulnerability”
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  In most of the cases, the Trojan shows no symptoms, which can reveal it. 
Distribution Method  Spam messages, infected email attachments, fake ads, torrents, infected installers, illegal websites, pirated content.
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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!

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