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Remove Sysnetwk.exe “Virus” (March 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Sysnetwk.exe “Virus”. These Sysnetwk.exe “Virus” how to remove instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

Adware programs are some of the most annoying and irritating types of applications that you can get on your computer and while they are generally not considered dangerous, having them on your system can be a real pain in the neck. This particular kind of PUP’s (potentially unwanted programs) tries to get in your Chrome, IE or Firefox browser and start spamming it with all sorts of obstructive banners, pop-ups and box messages along with occasional sudden page redirects.


With the release of yet another program of this kind called Sysnetwk.exe, we decided to provide our readers with this article, in which you can access some valuable and essential information. This will help you get a better grasp of Sysnetwk.exe and Adware programs, which is key to dealing with their intrusiveness, while keeping your machine clean and safe from any more unwanted software. Also, a guide that will teach you how to remove Adware applications from your system is presented to you below the article. Just make sure to read everything that we have to offer you here, because getting rid of the nagging program is only half the battle.

The purpose of the ads

Adware programs are all about their nagging online adverts. This is all because Adware developers gain large amounts if income through them. The method that makes this possible is called Pay-Per-Click. When this scheme is employed, each click on those adverts that the user makes is converted to a tiny amount of money. However, Adware programs are so widely spread that on a larger scale the actual profit from them can be quite significant, depending on how well they are being distributed and how often people fall for the ads. As for the users themselves, applications like Sysnetwk.exe hardly ever have anything to offer. At times, Adware might seem to contain some sort of a useful function, but even in those cases it’s not worth it due to the ceaseless barrage of browser ads generated by that same program.

Is Sysnetwk.exe a “Virus”?

No, it is not. Sysnetwk.exe is not a “Virus”. A lot of people might think that if there is something not quite right with their system, then it is certainly a virus. This applies to the issue with Adware programs as well. A common misconception about these potentially unwanted programs is that they are some sort of nasty, harmful form of a virus similar to Ransomware or Trojans. This is very far from the actual truth, which in turn is that simple Adware is normally not capable of executing any malicious processes on your PC. Now that you know that, you should be able to see why any panic or worry when you have landed Adware is usually unnecessary. Therefore, all you would need to do is calm down and try our guide that could help you deal with the issue in no time.

It’s important to be safe

Though pretty harmless, software like Sysnetwk.exe is still something you’d be better off without. This is because, despite not being malicious, it may still potentially compromise your system’s security if you are not being careful enough. On some rare occasions, by clicking on an Adware ad, you might get redirected to a webpage that has questionable contents and might present a security risk to your computer. Most Adware ads are not like that. In fact, they are usually legit online offers. However, it’s just better to be on the safe side and avoid the ads during the time Sysnetwk.exe is on your machine. This is also one more reason why it would be best if you remove the nagging application from your PC as soon as you finish reading this article.

Making sure no more Adware gets on your PC

As we told you in one of our previous paragraphs, it is not enough to get rid of the intrusive Adware. It is just as important to ensure that such unwanted programs stay out of your machine’s system in the future. For that reason, remember the following tips on how to prevent future Adware installation – using them will certainly make it much less likely that you’d ever have to deal with this type of PUP’s again.

  • Delete without opening any suspicious e-mails and do not click on any shady hyperlinks, no matter who has sent them to you.
  • Make sure that the only sites you visit are ones that are trustworthy and reputable. Do not download anything from sources that are illegal or that you cannot trust.
  • Utilize the Custom installation setting when installing any new programs and applications. Since a lot of the times program installer files are in fact file-bundles with additional content integrated within them, this is the best way to ensure that you are installing only the program you want and not any add-ons that might be unwanted. All you have to do in the Custom settings is look at the list of added installs and uncheck whatever seems to be a PUP. Then, you should be good to carry on and install the program that you initially wanted.


Name Sysnetwk.exe
Type Adware
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Frustrating ads popping up on your screen when you try to use your browser, sudden page redirects and a general PC slowdown.
Distribution Method Commonly, Adware applications get distributed via spam letters, deceitful or hidden links and program-bundles.
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Remove Sysnetwk.exe “Virus”


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).


This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove Sysnetwk.exe successfully!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). 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.

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.


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:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

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.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Sysnetwk.exe from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

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Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Sysnetwk.exe from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Sysnetwk.exe from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’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

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