What is anthook.386?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the anthook.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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Anthook.386 file information

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

Description: Anthook.386 is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file anthook.386 is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,021 bytes (85% of all occurrences) or 5,433 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no file description. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: system.ini). The anthook.386 file is not a Windows system file. anthook.386 appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as anthook.386. Therefore, you should check the anthook.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.


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Best practices for resolving anthook issues

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

To help you analyze the anthook.386 process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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