How to remove the Abel virus

Most antivirus programs identify Abel.exe as malware—e.g. Symantec identifies it as CainAbel, and Sophos identifies it as Cain n Abel.

The Abel.exe file is a software component of Cain & Abel by
Abel is half of the Italian hacking application suite Cain & Abel. When run as a service on a machine, Abel gives a host running the Cain application access to cached passwords, system configuration information, and more. Abel should be considered a highly dangerous program and should be removed if detected. Cain & Abel can be removed via most malware removal tools.

Abel stands for Cain & Abel

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Abel.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Abel
Abel.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Abel belongs to software Cain & Abel or Abel by (

Description: Abel.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Abel.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 27,648 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 26,112 bytes or 90,112 bytes. 
Abel.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Abel.exe is able to manipulate other programs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall the software Cain & Abel using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify Abel.exe related errors

Important: You should check the Abel.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.


User Comments

Its just a file that displays information about the computer on Cain
enables Cain trojan to open on the computer which is a password sniffer
Cain&Able is a program used to monitor network security activities. It has the ability to monitor your network/computer for passwords passed in plain text. Can also remove password hashes from a computer, for hacking at a later time. Good tool for the security professional... bad if you have it on your computer, and you don't know what it is.
  B. A. Murdock   (further information)
Is important for Cain (password sniffer and cracker).
  LoX   (further information)
A hackers tools
  abe1033   (further information)
Abel.exe is a sub-program of cain. If a computer has abel installed, and another computer on the same network has cain installed, the user with cain installed, if used correctlly, can alter all aspecs of the computer with abel installed on it. ex. change windows time, remote shutdown, md5/ntdlm/lm password sniffer/cracker
It provides information to Cain which is commonly misread as a virus even though it is not
Abel is a security tool, much like Cain. There are numerous trojan'd versions of this software on the internet.
it is part of the cain and able password recovery/cracker, and is a virus used to find hidden passwords on the machine that it is installed on
Is a Cain backdoor
its a hacker tool of cain its important if you neighbor hack you Wlan ;)
  little Werewolf  
abel.exe is a part of Cain & Abel is a password recovery tool for Microsoft Operating Systems. It allows easy recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks, recording VoIP conversations, decoding scrambled passwords, recovering wireless network keys, revealing password boxes, uncovering cached passwords and analyzing routing protocols. The program does not exploit any software vulnerabilities or bugs that could not be fixed with little effort.
  m1ton   (further information)
if you didnt put it there remove it. Part of Cain and Abel
It is one of the services installed and used by Cain & Abel forensic security tools. Its not a virus but it shouldn't be on your machine unless you have installed Cain & Abel!!!
  Webcam007   (further information)
If on a works computer, Abel may have been installed by your net admin to enable remote monitoring. Removing it could get you fired!
Abel.exe is used by Cain. Abel is a harmless and legit file, assuming you installed Cain. If you have not installed Cain, then a hacker did and they already have your passwords.
I currently use Webroot and it identified this threat as W2.Injector.Gen

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Summary: Average user rating of Abel.exe: based on 18 votes with 17 user comments. 7 users think Abel.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 5 users think Abel.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Abel issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active Abel process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the Abel.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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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