How to remove the esentutl virus

Most antivirus programs identify esentutl.exe as malware—for example McAfee identifies it as Downloader-BOW, and Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/Rodecap.A.

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Esentutl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with esentutl
Esentutl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process esentutl.exe has no data about its author.

Description: Esentutl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Esentutl.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 81,920 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 157,184 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: win.ini). Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify esentutl.exe related errors

Important: You should check the esentutl.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.


User Comments

Esentutl.exe befindet sich von Windows aus Standardmäßig im Ordner C:\Windows\System32\ Dieses Tool dient z.b zur Reperatur von Datenbank. Die Datei ist ca. 136KB groß.
  Frannek   (further information)
esentul is not a virus it is a commandline tool from Windows
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Summary: Average user rating of esentutl.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks esentutl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving esentutl issues

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