How to remove the microsoft virus

Most antivirus programs identify microsoft.exe as malware—e.g. Avast identifies it as Win32:Downloader-RPL [Trj], and McAfee identifies it as Artemis!5D81DFEA178B.

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Microsoft.exe file information

The process known as Services and Controller app belongs to software injector by Incomedia s.r.l.

Description: Microsoft.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file microsoft.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 423,424 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 99,328 bytes, 24,064 bytes, 279,072 bytes or 1,439,744 bytes. 
There is no file information. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). Microsoft.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Microsoft.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 63% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the microsoft.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

Probably a malware variant
  Bob Cudmore   (further information)
This process is most likely a virus or trojan.
It is a virus that make your computer slow
Meines erachtens ist diese .exe von dem Programm Bifrost!
hide flash disk files and folders, can be deleted but comes back in 2 seconds.
Mein Virenprogramm GData hat es entdeckt, ich werde es jetzt löschen und um sicher zu gehen morgen noch einmal den Computer scannen lassen. Ich habe diese Datei aber nicht in meinem Task-Manager entdeckt.
There is a Ransomware mimicking failed windows updates, file name Microsoft.exe located in C:\Windows.
  JC   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of microsoft.exe: based on 10 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think microsoft.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 4 users think microsoft.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving microsoft issues

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