How to remove the asm virus

Most antivirus programs identify asm.exe as malware—e.g. Microsoft identifies it as Adware:Win32/Altnet or Program:Win32/Winfixer, and Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Altnet.l or Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.AntiSpywareMaster.

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Asm.exe file information

The process known as AntiSpywareMaster or Altnet Sharing Manager belongs to software AntiSpywareMaster or Peer Points Manager by Locussoftcorp LTD.

Description: Asm.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Asm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—normally C:\Program Files\Altnet\download manager\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 461,080 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 330,240 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The file has a digital signature. Asm.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramPeer Points Manager.

Recommended: Identify asm.exe related errors

Important: You should check the asm.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If AntiSpywareMaster has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

very bad.. delete
Kazaa file, needed to download from Kazaa network, Deleting it cause kazaa to no longer connect and download. Having it Lets Spyware and Popups flood your computer.
I typed "" in my search, and came up with a zip named "asmfiles". When I clicked on "open containing folder", I found an execution file named "asm.exe. I am not a whiz at computers, so I don't know whether to delete this exe file, or not. Also, right beside the asm.exe, there is the zip again that says "asmfiles." Does anybody know what I should do?
this file is an adware gator file
Run a search for that file name if you have XP but it might not show up for the first search, it didn't for me. Then I ran another search using search in "hidden" files and it showed up. I think I successfully deleted it. I hope this helps if you have XP
  Casper Jasper  
It's a 5
  casper jasper  
altnet program that kazaa installs it can be used to track browsing habits and then select ads based on that to display. It also could be exploited, will cause a lot of popups etc, and is overall a pest. If you want kazaa - you live with it. I delete it.
  Chuck Elledge  

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Summary: Average user rating of asm.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 5 users think asm.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving asm issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active asm process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the asm.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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