How to remove the iehighutil virus

Most antivirus programs identify iehighutil.exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.BitMin.n, and F-Secure identifies it as Trojan.Generic.8858748 or Trojan.Generic.9012885.

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Iehighutil.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with iehighutil
Iehighutil.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as setup version (version 1.0) belongs to software setup by unknown.

Description: Iehighutil.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Iehighutil.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 526,245 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 526,249 bytes, 526,247 bytes, 526,229 bytes or 526,253 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). The iehighutil.exe file is not a Windows core file. Iehighutil.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous.

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If iehighutil.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 526,273 bytes. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. There is no description of the program. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). Iehighutil.exe is not a Windows system file. Iehighutil.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of setup (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Important: You should check the iehighutil.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.


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Best practices for resolving iehighutil issues

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

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