How to remove the Framework virus

Most antivirus programs identify Framework.exe as malware—for instance TrendMicro identifies it as ADW_EZDOW or TROJ_MALLJQ.A, and Microsoft identifies it as SoftwareBundler:Win32/InstalleRex or Trojan:Win32/Small.

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Framework.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Framework
Framework.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Realtek Azalia Audio - Event Monitor appears to belong to software Realtek (version AC97 Audio - Event Monitor) by Realtek Semiconductor ( or Andrey Hmelnikov.

Description: Framework.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Framework.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 118,272 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 118,784 bytes or 119,808 bytes. 
There is no file information. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows core file. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Framework.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 87% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify Framework.exe related errors

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

Virus W32/Rbot-FMW [sophos] The worm spreads to other network computers by exploiting common buffer overflow vulnerabilities, including: LSASS (MS04-011), RPC-DCOM (MS04-012), WKS (MS03-049) (CAN-2003-0812) and MSSQL (MS02-039) (CAN-2002-0649). The worm runs continuously in the background, providing a backdoor server which allows a remote intruder to gain access and control over the computer via IRC channels.
  Andreas   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of Framework.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks Framework.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Framework issues

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