How to remove the pep virus

Most antivirus programs identify pep.exe as malware—for example McAfee identifies it as Generic Downloader.x, and BitDefender identifies it as Trojan.Downloader.JLFO.

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Pep.exe file information

The process has no data about its author.

Description: Pep.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pep.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 41,763 bytes. 
Pep.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The pep.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 78% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the pep.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

i have no idea what it is or does
  eric hamm~  
I ran process explorer, and it's linked to Rockstar Games Social Club, though that's no guarantee that it's not dangerous
  Dave Angus  

Summary: Average user rating of pep.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving pep issues

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

pep.exe [all]