How to remove the dhcpcl virus

Most antivirus programs identify dhcpcl.exe as malware—such as Symantec identifies it as Backdoor.Usirf, and McAfee identifies it as ServU-Daemon or potentially unwanted program ServU-Daemon.

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Dhcpcl.exe file information

The process appears to belong to software Panda ActiveScan or DHCP Controller or stub by unknown.

Description: Dhcpcl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Dhcpcl.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,628,184 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 769,536 bytes, 1,628,196 bytes or 590,848 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The dhcpcl.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is not a Windows system file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. There is no information about the author of the file. Dhcpcl.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 89% dangerous.

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Important: You should check the dhcpcl.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 dhcpcl issues

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

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