How to remove the PestTrap virus

Most antivirus programs identify PestTrap.exe as malware—such as Symantec identifies it as SpySheriff, and TrendMicro identifies it as ADWARE_PESTTRAP.

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PestTrap.exe file information

The process belongs to software Pest Trap by unknown.

Description: PestTrap.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file PestTrap.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 408,064 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 459,776 bytes or 410,624 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. It is not a Windows system file. PestTrap.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You could also completely remove Pest Trap or PestTrap (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify PestTrap.exe related errors

Important: You should check the PestTrap.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 PestTrap issues

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