How to remove the mxs virus

Most antivirus programs identify mxs.exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as Backdoor.Win32.SdBot.avh, and Microsoft identifies it as Backdoor:Win32/Sdbot.

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Mxs.exe file information

The process known as Windows Kernel Security appears to belong to software unknown by Microsoft (

Description: Mxs.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The mxs.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 164,800 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 164,864 bytes. 
Mxs.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The mxs.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The mxs.exe file is not a Windows core file. Mxs.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 73% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify mxs.exe related errors

Important: You should check the mxs.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 mxs issues

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