How to remove the initsrv virus

Most antivirus programs identify initsrv.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.BitCoinMiner.inx or not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.BitCoinMiner.frs, and Avast identifies it as Win32:Malware-gen.

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Initsrv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with initsrv
Initsrv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as initsrv.exe belongs to software new2013version.exe by unknown.

Description: Initsrv.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Initsrv.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 598,609 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 585,179 bytes or 483,425 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). Initsrv.exe is not a Windows system file. Initsrv.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous.

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If initsrv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 2,879,574 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. Initsrv.exe is not a Windows system file.

Important: You should check the initsrv.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 initsrv issues

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