How to remove the CmdShell virus

Most antivirus programs identify CmdShell.exe as malware—for instance Microsoft identifies it as BrowserModifier:Win32/SupTab, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0OFR15.

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CmdShell.exe file information

The process known as TODO: File description belongs to software SearchProtect by SearchProtect or Giner Tech.

Description: CmdShell.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. CmdShell.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 48,304 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 48,224 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. CmdShell.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with CmdShell.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramXTab or MiuiTab.

Recommended: Identify CmdShell.exe related errors

If CmdShell.exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 73,216 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. CmdShell.exe is not a Windows system file. CmdShell.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: You should check the CmdShell.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If CmdShell.exe 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.


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Best practices for resolving CmdShell issues

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

CmdShell.exe [all]