How to remove the init virus

Most antivirus programs identify init.exe as malware—for example TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_PIPTEA.D or TROJ_Generic.DIT, and Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/Piptea.E or Backdoor:Win32/Tofsee.I.

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Init.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with init
Init.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The init.exe process does not contain any indication of the producer (the software author) or the software with which it is associated.

Description: Init.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The init.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 376,832 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 37,888 bytes, 54,272 bytes or 187,904 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 87% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify init.exe related errors

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Important: You should check the init.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

This is the init process (Unix) for the korn shell implementation on windows. The shell is very useful in managing files and scripting on a PC especially for those trained or experienced on unix. It gives a lot of power to the user and therefore can be dangerous for someone who is not familiar with Unix or Windows command line.
  Chuck Shoecraft  
Bei mir sind aufeinmal viele Verknüpfungen zum RECYCLER und auch immer eine Autorun datei dabei, die die init.exe öffnet.
Best bet is to erase the file. I've never seen it being installed with a fresh installation of Windows. Needless to mention that the location of the file is suspicious (exe file in documents and settings, hidden and no visible window during execution). If Windows complains that you cannot erase it, use Unlocker 1.9.2 (or something equivalent) to kill the process associated with it and erase it fully from the computer. I wouldn't trust anything that doesn't have a description and does not seem to have an impact on the functionality of my computer.
  Alex Codito   (further information)
I ran Reimage to correct 1849 problems on my Dell Dimension 3000 desktop with Windows XP. When I tried to reboot, all I got was my home screen background photo, no icons, no bottom blue toolbar, NO START BUTTON! I got the message Failed to initialize properly init.exe (Oxc0000022). Until I found this website, I thought init.exe was a windows program that had been obliterated by Reimage.

Summary: Average user rating of init.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks init.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving init issues

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

init.exe [all]