How to remove the Ground virus

Most antivirus programs identify Ground.exe as malware—e.g. Kaspersky identifies it as Virus.Win32.Renamer.j, and Symantec identifies it as W32.Tapin.

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Ground.exe file information

The Ground.exe process contains no information about the creator.

Description: Ground.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ground.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 534,016 bytes (93% of all occurrences) or 672,256 bytes. 
The program has no file description. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). The Ground.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Ground.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 79% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify Ground.exe related errors

Important: You should check the Ground.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

It renames exe files, adding a 'g' at the start of their name, for example, Skype.exe would be renamed to gSkype.exe, this often causes issues with many programs that require such things to remain unchanged.

Summary: Average user rating of Ground.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks Ground.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving Ground issues

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

Other processes

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