How to remove the kav virus

Most antivirus programs identify kav.exe as malware—for example TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.R01C2E7, and Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.Menti.gipl.

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Kav.exe file information

The process known as WinFX Runtime Components or Kaspersky Anti-Virus GUI Part belongs to software Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal or Windows Internet Explorer by Microsoft ( or Kaspersky Lab (

Description: Kav.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The kav.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 139,367 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall the software Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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If kav.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 14% dangerous. The file size is 507,904 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows system file.

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Important: You should check the kav.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 main application of Kaspersky AntiVirus
  Kenneth Friis Knudsen   (further information)
Belongs to Kaspersky antivirus
If this file is 32kb then it is likely a virus,beware!
I don't have a kaspersky antivirus, but I have this file in System folder. McAfee calls it new malware.
so it says it should be located under a c:\program files\ folder... so i guess since symantec antivirus indentified it as a trojan (trojan.dropper), and it is located under system32 folder... i guess deleting it would make a good benefit to me... besides, I have no Kaspersky antivirus installed here.

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Summary: Average user rating of kav.exe: based on 13 votes with 5 user comments. 8 users think kav.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users think kav.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving kav issues

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