What is ad.386?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the ad.386 on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Ad.386 file information

The file does not contain any references to the programmer responsible for the ad.386 process. For that reason, we are unable to identify the software associated with it.

Description: Ad.386 is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ad.386 file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 5,222 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: system.ini). It is not a Windows core file. ad.386 appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify ad.386 related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ad.386, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ad.386 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

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Summary: Average user rating of ad.386: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks ad.386 is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving ad issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ad. 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.

To help you analyze the ad.386 process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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