How to remove the kl virus

Most antivirus programs identify kl.exe as malware—such as Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:Monitor.Win32.KeyLogger.ama or not-a-virus:Monitor.Win32.KeyLogger.bby, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.R3AC8EO or SPYW_KEYLOGGER.

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Kl.exe file information

The process known as Award Keylogger (version 1.8) belongs to software Award Keylogger or Award Keylogger Pro by unknown.

Description: Kl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Kl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,215,360 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 3,178,496 bytes, 2,977,792 bytes, 3,305,472 bytes or 3,219,456 bytes. 
The application has no file description. The file is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, win.ini, DEFAULT\Runonce, Userinit, MACHINE\RunServicesOnce, DEFAULT\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:

Recommended: Identify kl.exe related errors

Important: You should check the kl.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 kl issues

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