How to remove the nvStInit virus

Most antivirus programs identify nvStInit.dll as malware.

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NvStInit.dll file information

The process known as NVIDIA Stereo Initialization dll (version 306.97, 305.46, 307.45, 306.26) appears to belong to software NVIDIA Stereoscopic (version 3D Driver) by NVIDIA (

Description: NvStInit.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The nvStInit.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 17,288 bytes (81% of all occurrences) or 20,328 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. There is no detailed description of this service. The file is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: AppInit_DLLs). NvStInit.dll is able to monitor applications. nvStInit.dll appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver.

Recommended: Identify nvStInit.dll related errors

Important: You should check the nvStInit.dll 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 nvStInit issues

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