How to remove the hidserv virus

Most antivirus programs identify hidserv.exe as malware—for example Microsoft identifies it as VirTool:Win32/CeeInject.gen!FI or VirTool:Win32/VBInject.gen!FK, and Avast identifies it as Win32:Crypt-HMU.

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Hidserv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hidserv
Hidserv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as 20axg5qb13 belongs to software Ninite or Stub or 5BnC by ANT10 INC or 3rYx6hJ5rZVNEfpEGNlDjWw or Secure By Design.

Description: Hidserv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The hidserv.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 89,088 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 704,512 bytes, 36,864 bytes or 241,664 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run). Hidserv.exe is not a Windows system file. Hidserv.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 77% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If hidserv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 96,319 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Hidserv.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

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Important: You should check the hidserv.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

I know that it showed up just as my problems worsened. Even on a fresh install of 98 now. never seen it beffore. dont want it
human input device server (eg MS cordless USB mouse)
  Peter Turner  
needed for devices like USB, mouse, and hubs maybe even USB key drives
  A. Wristen  
It's just a Microsoft file, harmless.
  Vampire Heart  

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Summary: Average user rating of hidserv.exe: based on 7 votes with 4 user comments. 5 users think hidserv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving hidserv issues

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