How to remove the Framework virus

Most antivirus programs identify Framework.exe as malware—for instance TrendMicro identifies it as ADW_EZDOW or WORM_IRCBOT.AAJ, and Microsoft identifies it as SoftwareBundler:Win32/InstalleRex or Backdoor:Win32/IRCbot.

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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 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 102,441 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Framework.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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If Framework.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 1,066,872 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 1,360,760 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file is digitally signed. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows core file.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall Andrey Hmelnikov from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program or turn to the software developer, Hotmail, for advice.

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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