How to remove the pv virus

Most antivirus programs identify pv.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.DrAntispy.bp, and Symantec identifies it as AdwareRemover2007.

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Pv.exe file information

The process known as pv.exe belongs to software XAMPP or MalwareAlarm by unknown.

Description: Pv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file pv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 167,936 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 188,864 bytes or 61,440 bytes. 
The software has no file description. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. Pv.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > MalwareAlarm or XAMPP).

Recommended: Identify pv.exe related errors

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


User Comments

often run short of resource or having problem shutting down with error message on a pv.exe
Part of Apache of the xampp Webserverbundle. Should be harmless.
  Michael   (further information)
This is not a virus. Are you using XAMPP or some kind of web server. If so refer
  Ayoma Gayan Wijethunga   (further information)
Ist in älteren Apache (Web-Server) Paketen enthalten und dient zum Beenden des Servers.
  Paul   (further information)
This program is a module in Sage Timberline Accounting
  Master P   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of pv.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think pv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks pv.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving pv issues

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