“The requested resource is in use” Virus Removal (April 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove “The requested resource is in use” Virus. These “The requested resource is in use” removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

If you really care about your systems’ safety, then you should definitely stop here and read the information that follows. It concerns a freshly released threat named “The requested resource is in use” Virus, which security experts classify as a Trojan horse. How this nasty malware spreads and what malicious actions it could be used for is all that we are going to cover in the next lines. Apart from that, for those of you, who had the misfortune of contracting this Trojan, we have assembled a special removal guide, dedicated to helping anyone remove “The requested resource is in use” Virus from their system. Unfortunately, although it is new, this malware has already managed to infect a huge number of computers, so if yours is one of them, make sure you try the steps in the removal guide to get rid of the infection.

How does “The requested resource is in use” spread and infect you?

Trojan horses are a really tricky type of malware and so is “The requested resource is in use”. It uses very advanced distribution and infection methods, which guarantee the successful contamination of the system, once the users come across it. Usually, the infection spreads through malicious attachments, infected files, ads, misleading links and compromised web pages. Users may come across this Trojan on different web locations like sketchy sites, torrent platforms, pirate content, social media shares or even in their email inbox in the form of spam or some intriguing message. Unfortunately, it is very hard to recognize the threat and detect it on time as it normally camouflages so well, that the normal users believe they are interacting with a harmless file or a message. Also, there are hardly any symptoms that can give an indication that an infection with “The requested resource is in use” has taken place. Only high-quality antivirus software may be able to catch it before it has started to perform its malicious activities. In most of the cases, however, the Trojan manages to remain undetected for a long period of time inside the machine while silently initiating various harmful activities.

What kind of harm may “The requested resource is in use” cause?

As every Trojan horse, “The requested resource is in use” can also be used by the hackers for different harmful tasks. Nobody can tell you what exactly they could be, because this type of malware can be programmed to perform almost everything malicious you could think of. There is a long list of criminal deeds that the crooks can choose from and here we will point out some of the most common ones:

  • System destruction – Usually, an infection with “The requested resource is in use” may cause serious problems to your computer. From unauthorized system modifications, sudden crashes and Registry changes to file destruction and complete deletion of the data found on the machine, a threat of this type can really make your PC unstable or even completely corrupt.
  • Spying – Yes, it doesn’t happen only in the movies. In some cases, the Trojan can be programmed to spy on the infected machine and its users. It can secretly collect information and monitor every online and offline activity and then transmit it back to the criminals.
  • Blackmail, money and credentials theft – Thanks to “The requested resource is in use”, the criminals behind it can gather private information about the compromised user. They can easily steal your credit or debit card numbers, passwords, and accounts, or even get their hands on some confidential or sensitive data and blackmail the victims for it.
  • Complete unauthorized access to the machine – A Trojan may act as an open gate for all the hackers to mess around with it, modify it for their illegal purposes, involve it in botnets and spam spreading or some other criminal purposes.
  • Infection with other malware – “The requested resource is in use” may be used to deliver some other virus or a threat like Ransomware inside the infected machine. In fact, once the Trojan has compromised the computer, any malware can sneak inside, because it creates various system vulnerabilities, which can easily be exploited.

How to remove the Trojan?

From all that we said above, it is absolutely clear that such a nasty and tricky threat like “The requested resource is in use” should not stay on your system even a minute longer. That’s why, just a few lines down we have published a free removal guide, which can help you remove it. The biggest challenge you have is to detect the Trojan correctly because it usually hides deep inside the system and often resembles a normal system process. For that, strictly follow the detailed instructions in the guide. Or you can scan your PC with the professional “The requested resource is in use” removal tool. It saves a lot of time and quickly identifies the threat so that you can delete it without fail.


Name “The requested resource is in use”
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  There are hardly any symptoms that can give an indication that an infection with “The requested resource is in use” has taken place.
Distribution Method Usually, the infection spreads through malicious attachments, infected files, ads, misleading links, compromised web pages, spam, pirate content, torrents, different installers. 
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“The requested resource is in use” Virus Removal



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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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.


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.

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

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!


    • You should probably delete those addresses since the issue might be coming from them. Try that and tell us what happened.

  • Have you tried completing the guide first? Also, what happens when you try to run the anti-malware tool?

  • Can you send us a screenshot of the error message? Also, did you try completing the steps from our guide?

    • Even though it is not mandatory and completing the guide without Safe Mode enabled might work and have the desired result, it is still strongly recommended that you complete the steps from within Safe Mode since it drastically improves your chances of successfully removing the unwanted program and everything that it might have left behind on your PC.

    • Those IP addresses are not unwanted and shouldn’t be removed. Complete the other steps from the guide but do not delete those IP’s from your Hosts file.

  • What about our guide? Did you try that? If you have already completed the steps, did you find anything in the Hosts file or in the Registry Editor?

    • I’ve done everything as well.

      Every program I run that is made for removing these viruses doesn’t run due to this problem aside from MalwareBytes anti-rootkit beta… which only finds it and shuts it down until next reboot and recently doesn’t even do that, sometimes even crashing. I’ve tried deleting the files when they were off but somehow it had changed my security settings to where I require permission from *computername*/ *Username* which is myself, correct? I’ve tried everything and doesn’t work. I know this comment is old but please help.
      # localhost
      # ::1 localhost
      The two I got from the local host step.

    • The five IP addresses at the bottom must be deleted from the file -they aren’t supposed to be there.

  • The main problem to fixing this is I can’t install (both safe mode and standard mode) any security software because I get this error. Right now, my only antivirus support is Windows Defender and BitDefender Rescue DVD. I downloaded SpyHunter, ReImage, AdAware Cleaner, Hitman Pro, Malwarebytes BUT I can’t install them. I’ve read numerous articles online and they suggest the above software to fix this. I was able to run Malwarebytes Anti Root BUT midway through it freezes up (No Response). I ran this in safe mode and standard mode. I even ran it with internet turned off. I’m running out of options here. Should I do another clean install
    of Win 10?? Please help.

    • We advise you to first try using the guide that we have provided our readers with. Execute the steps from it and see if anything changes. Carefully check all potential locations where you might find traces from the malware program.

  • I have all of these ips, do i remove them? by deleting them or how do i do it? aoaomo.tremorhub. com bobomo.tremorhub. com http://www.howcast. com howcast. com http://www.ustream. tv ustream. tv http://www.livestream. com livestream. com http://www.dailymotion. com dailymotion. com http://www.virustotal. com virustotal. com

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