What is internet.exe?

The genuine internet.exe file is a software component of iXchange Internet Access by Channel Enterprises (HK).
The file is associated with Lovgate worm. This virus is distributed through e-mail and comes in the form of an e-mail message. The worm has its own SMTP engine which means it gathers E-mails from the host computer and re-distributes itself.

Internet stands for iXchange Internet Access

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the internet.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Internet.exe file information

The process known as internet belongs to software internet by internet or Mail.Ru (

Description: Internet.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Internet.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,035,776 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 23,552 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Internet.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 80% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name internet.exe, for example Worm.MSIL.Arcdoor.clj (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_GEN.R00GC0ECI15 (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the internet.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

internet.exe is associated with Lovgate worm. "This virus is distributed via the Internet through e-mail and comes in the form of an e-mail message, in the hopes that you open its hostile attachment. " The worm has its own SMTP engine which means it gathers E-mails from your local computer and re-distributes itself. "In worst cases this worm can allow attackers to access your computer, stealing passwords and personal data."
  Fred   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of internet.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks internet.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks internet.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving internet issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with internet. 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.

To help you analyze the internet.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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