How to remove the PluginContainer virus

Most antivirus programs identify PluginContainer.exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Agent.jtvg or not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.BrowseFox.dild, and McAfee identifies it as BrowseFox-FAV or Artemis!CA3D38BFA7CD.

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PluginContainer.exe file information

The process known as Service Mgr MonarchFind

belongs to software unknown

by Great Find or Golden Dock or Arctic World or Record Page or Cat Dog or Cash Kitten or Scape Nano or nicer together or Range Genie or Catered to You or Hot Sales or Treat Receipt or Hybris Generation or Range Future or Roll Around or Pop Bubbles or Balanced Primary.

Description: PluginContainer.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. PluginContainer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,047,776 bytes (2% of all occurrences), 1,203,424 bytes and 175 more variants. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. The PluginContainer.exe file is not a Windows system file. It is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. PluginContainer.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify PluginContainer.exe related errors

If PluginContainer.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 532,752 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 549,624 bytes and 7 more variants. The PluginContainer.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows system file. PluginContainer.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Important: You should check the PluginContainer.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Service Mgr MonarchFind has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving PluginContainer issues

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

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