How to remove the p2pnetworking virus

Most antivirus programs identify p2pnetworking.exe as malware—for example TrendMicro identifies it as WORM_VB.IAX, and Symantec identifies it as W32.IRCBot.

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P2pnetworking.exe file information

More precise details about what the process belongs to are not available. This is partly because the author is not identified.

Description: P2pnetworking.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. P2pnetworking.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 78,360 bytes. 
The program has no file description. P2pnetworking.exe is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. P2pnetworking.exe is able to manipulate other programs, record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 86% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify p2pnetworking.exe related errors

Important: You should check the p2pnetworking.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

It is a very dangerous worm that hijacks any file sharing apps you have and turns your machine into a server for someone elses files. REMOVE IMMEDIATELY
  Fraktos Nirvana  
Backdoor.Win32.Rbot.pd!!!   (further information)
its part of Kazaa, its stays on your computer even if you remove it. im not sure what it does but i tried to remove it with no luck.
Panda Antivirus (titanium) says unknow virus, please send to panda. It runs in background hidden, and does something over the net.
It is the software used to power some DSL internet connections such as my AOL
  Adam Green  
adaware spyware
To locate p2pnetworking.exe on most systems you must change your folder view to "Show hidden Filesand Folders". p2pnetworking.exe is a permanently hidden file and will only be found by unhiding files and folders. ANtispyware programs should still locate it though.
It keeps popping up every week or sooner and I just noticed that it takes all available disk space. i keep deleting to get space, due to low disk space, as soon this virus runs my free space is gone. But I can't find any files? Any help?
It's a variant of Rbot, which is a DDoS IRC worm. Is not a program to power AOL.
would hijack my computer and seemed to upload files, still cannot remove even after removing registry entries of Kazaa and Bitlord. Anyone know of how to remove completely?
  Epson Zero  
Result of trojans in System, seems dangerous...
Hijacks p2p software. Called ADAM_GREEN.mpg.exe! Obviously Adam Green here knows more than us
  Don't trust Adam Green!  
This file is part of a virus that spreads through the Gnutella P2P network. It can cause issues regarding the task manager and affect performance.
glad i've got a backup ghost of my lappie
It will send information over the internet and possibly display popups
  Kerry R   (further information)
Easy To Remove
  Jaybyrd   (further information)
is not a virus, but can be used to download viruses if a user doesn't understand how the program works

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of p2pnetworking.exe: based on 18 votes with 18 user comments. 2 users think p2pnetworking.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users suspect danger. 10 users think p2pnetworking.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving p2pnetworking issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active p2pnetworking process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the p2pnetworking.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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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