How to remove the %TEMP% virus

Most antivirus programs identify %TEMP%.exe as malware—such as Kaspersky identifies it as HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic or Trojan-Dropper.Win32.Injector.gdia, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Zbot or Trojan.Gen.

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%TEMP%.exe file information

There is no information about the producer in the %TEMP%.exe process.

Description: %TEMP%.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. %TEMP%.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 246,272 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The application has no file description. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The %TEMP%.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous.

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If %TEMP%.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 926,720 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It is not a Windows core file. %TEMP%.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: You should check the %TEMP%.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving %TEMP% issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active %TEMP% process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the %TEMP%.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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