How to remove the csrse virus

Most antivirus programs identify csrse.exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.Scar.dreo, and McAfee identifies it as Generic.dx!wig.

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Csrse.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with csrse
Csrse.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows Systemwatcher appears to belong to software Windows Systemwatcher by Microsoft (

Description: Csrse.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The csrse.exe file is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 22,528 bytes. 
Csrse.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The csrse.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous.

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If csrse.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 19,456 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). It is not a Windows system file. Csrse.exe is able to manipulate other programs.

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Important: You should check the csrse.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.


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Best practices for resolving csrse issues

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