How to remove the Genius virus

Most antivirus programs identify Genius.exe as malware—such as McAfee identifies it as Artemis!4A00A689D1B5, and BitDefender identifies it as Application.Downloader.ADW.

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Genius.exe file information

More precise details about what the Genius.exe process belongs to are not available. This is partly because the author is not identified.

Description: Genius.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Genius.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 88,334 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 88,332 bytes, 88,354 bytes, 88,350 bytes or 88,351 bytes. 
The process has no file description. It is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). Genius.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify Genius.exe related errors

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

i turned on my computer and a small window opened up and it said that is was copying one item. I was not copying or doing anything on the computer, so I was wondering was someone on the computer with me....and so I cancelled the copying of whatever the item that was trying to be copied...right in front of me. Then I saw the genius.exe cannot complete....and the window dissappeared and was cancelled out before I could read the whole sentence as to what was going on with this copying. I went to search what this genius.exe was and this is where it took me. Your site is saying this can be a threat.
All I know is about 5 to 6 times aday or more while I am on line, I get this Genius copying my files! I have no idea where it came from nor why. I do not like it. Klaspersky found that some virus spy tool called Hydrup invented by some sorry jerk named Comarniceanu Marius living in Transmainia, had been ilegally placed in my laptop! Klaspersky got it out of my laptop, but not the Genius.exe There is no reason for no one to copy my files and I never asked any Genius buisness to do so! If I find out that this Marius guy is involded in that to, I will sue the hell out of Genius. They best have a darn good exuse to be copying my files! Everytime this Genius copy's my file I always have a problem with one of my games or one of my important software.
  Randall R Etter  
Panda free online Antivirus bezeichnete meine genius.exe als Bedrohung
Bei mir öffnet sie sich zwischendurch selbst und im Taskmanager steht dann Genius. Allerdings ist die gesuchte datei in keinem der angegebenen ordnern sichtbar.
  Jona Greafingholt  
Everytime I open any internet tab on my laptop it will direct me to a different tab. The bar will read Genuis.Exe, then a random website that shows an ad and won't let me do anything to a point where I have do restart my computer. GET RID OF THIS. Genius.exe will RUIN your computer!!
  Monica Louis  
Ich hatte es plötlich auf mein pc
Kopiert hat es bei mir nichts, so weit ich das mitbekommen habe. Es hat sich immer nur kurz geöffnet und dabei immer auf den Desktop gewechselt (auch während eines Spiels, Films etc.). Dadurch ist es mir aufgefallen
  Christoph Haas  

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Summary: Average user rating of Genius.exe: based on 6 votes with 7 user comments. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users think Genius.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Genius issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active Genius process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the Genius.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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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