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How to remove the PluginService virus

Most antivirus programs identify PluginService.exe as malware—e.g. TrendMicro identifies it as ADW_ELEX or ADW_IEPLUGIN, and Symantec identifies it as PUA.SearchProtect.

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PluginService.exe file information

The process known as IePlugin Service or IePlugin Services belongs to software IePlugin control or Taiwan Shui Mu Chih Ching Technology by Cherished Technololgy LIMITED.

Description: PluginService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The PluginService.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 705,136 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 715,656 bytes and 14 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/pluginservice.exe.html 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The file has a digital signature. PluginService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of PluginService.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Downloader or IETab).

Recommended: Identify PluginService.exe related errors

If PluginService.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 44% dangerous. The file size is 705,136 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 694,784 bytes and 8 more variants. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The PluginService.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. PluginService.exe is able to monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of PluginService.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > IETab or Downloader).

Important: You should check the PluginService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If IePlugin Service 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 PluginService issues

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