How to remove the net3 virus

Most antivirus programs identify net3.exe as malware—e.g. Sophos identifies it as RemoteAdmin, and Microsoft identifies it as RemoteAccess:Win32/GhostRadmin.

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Net3.exe file information

The process belongs to software HASP HL Device Driver by unknown.

Description: Net3.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Net3.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 241,664 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 98,304 bytes. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\RunOnce). It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 69% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with net3.exe, you can also remove the entire program HASP HL Device Driver using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify net3.exe related errors

Important: You should check the net3.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 net3 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active net3 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the net3.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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