Virus.exe is a Trojan infection that can exploit the computer’s RAM and CPU to mine cryptocurrencies. Apart from that, Virus.exe can make the infected computer distribute spam to other machines without requiring Admin permissions.


The Virus.exe file is stealthy and problematic online threat

Trojans have been around since the dawn of the internet and continue to be one of the most notorious and dangerous types of malware out there. Not to mention that they outnumber any other type of virus significantly. In fact, Trojan Horse viruses are responsible for nearly 70% of all malware infections, so this percentage should already tell you how common these threats are. One of their newest members is an infection called Virus.exe. If you’ve come to this site, this is what you’ve most likely found on your computer. Therefore, in this short article, you will be given as much information as possible about Virus.exe, as well as a working removal guide with instructions on how to remove it. If you don’t trust your computing skills to deal with sensitive issues like this one, however, you can use the professional removal tool attached to the guide.

What to expect from a Trojan Horse virus?

Trojans are stealthy and problematic online threats. This, combined with their versatility, means that they can perform a wide range of different tasks on your computer. That’s why we can’t pinpoint exactly why Virus.exe has been installed on your computer, and what damage precisely it can do. Nonetheless, you should not wait to find out the purpose of the threat – instead, you ought to remove it ASAP. If you fail to do so, you may become a victim of data theft, espionage, and so on.

For example, one of the Trojan’s most frightening objectives might be surveillance and espionage. If a cybercriminal has set out to keep eyes on you, they can do that by using this malicious program to track your every move. Not to mention that if your machine has a microphone and a webcam, the criminals may be able to actualy hear you and see you. Furthermore, the hackers can even take screenshots of your monitor and see all you see. Another similarly troubling but, perhaps, even more common use is the information theft from the machine of the victim. The targeted info will typically be some private or confidential data, such as online banking details, credit or debit card numbers, passwords, login credentials, etc.

Trojans like Virus.exe and Wup.exe can easily destroy any kind of information that you store on your computer as well. They could simply format your drives, and destroy your entire OS to the point where it is beyond any sort of repair. Trojans are also often used to distribute other malware such as ransomware, or rootkits. As you can see, there are endless options in which a malware of this type can harm you. The only positive thing is that you’ve been able to spot the infection, and now will have the chance to remove it before it causes more harm.

After you take a look at the guide below and complete the steps from the preferred removal method, you should focus on protecting your device and patching any security holes that Virus.exe may have been exploited by the Trojan. As a start, update your OS and download all the latest security patches. This will eliminate any major vulnerabilities. After that, it is advisable to install reliable security software and run a full system scan with it. As a final piece of advice, use your common sense and avoid inappropriate emails or posts on sketchy web locations, as those are some of the Trojans’ most common distribution methods.


Name Virus.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Particular symptoms are difficult to observe since the Trojan hides its traces.
Distribution Method Malvertisements, illegal websites, torrents, cracked software installers and spam could often deliver a Trojan in the system.
Detection Tool

Remove Virus.exe

If you are looking for a way to remove Virus.exe you can try this:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
  3. Search for Virus.exe and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall Virus.exe as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of Virus.exe completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.

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

    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!


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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