SecurityHealthSystray.exe is a dangerous piece of software categorized as a Trojan Horse. If you suspect that you might have SecurityHealthSystray.exe in your computer, you are advised to read the next lines, and then complete our removal guide, which will hopefully help you get rid of the nefarious piece of malware that has invaded your computer.
SecurityHealthSystray.exe is a Microsoft Windows Process and part of the antivirus protection. Its location is C:\Windows\System32\SecurityHealthSystray.exe. If it is found elsewhere, then its probably a malware imitating the process.
If for some reason you are unable to complete all of the manual steps presented in the guide, or if they do not seem to fully remove the malware, you can try out the tested removal tool that is linked below, and eliminate the Trojan with its help. However, we also advise you to read the rest of this article before you get to the guide part, as the information that follows may further help you deal with the Trojan, and also keep your system safe in the future.
Why are Trojan Horse infections so successful and widespread?
The reason why the Trojan viruses are such a commonplace, and why landing a threat of this type can be so problematic stems from the fact that these are some of the stealthiest forms of computer malware that you can encounter. From the way they infect you, to the way they operate in the system, everything about them is optimized for stealth. And it all begins with the disguise used to distributed them. A Trojan would normally have its file disguised as a piece of content that most users would not find suspicious and would interact with if they get it in their computers. For instance, Trojans are disguised as program installers (Great Discover, Affairs Speedup), and distributed within illegal sites, sites that spread pirated content, as well as via spam messages and misleading ads. And since the Trojan is usually disguised as the installer of something interesting or helpful, such as a popular game or a useful program, many users may get tricked into interacting with the hidden malware. If they do that, the OS would ask them if they are sure they want to give the program permission to make changes in the system, and if that permission is given, the Trojan would get set loose in the targeted system, free to carry out all of its insidious tasks.
What are the tasks a Trojan may be used to complete?
There is a huge variety in the ways that such infections get used. Some of them are utilized as espionage tools, and tasked with obtaining sensitive user info that can be used for blackmailing or banking fraud. In other cases, malicious programs like SecurityHealthSystray.exe can be used to sneak Ransomware cryptoviruses and other additional malware into the attacked computer (this is known as backdooring). A Trojan may also turn your computer into a part of a botnet – a huge network of infected machines that are remotely controlled by the hackers behind the Trojan that has infected them. Botnets are commonly used for mass cryptocurrency mining, denial of service attacks, large-scale spam campaigns, and more. In the case of SecurityHealthSystray.exe, due to lack of sufficient research, we can’t tell you the exact end-goal of the infection, but you should still most definitely get rid of it ASAP, using the instructions offered here:
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
Remove SecurityHealthSystray.exe Virus
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
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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).
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.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:
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:
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.
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—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!