How to remove the qtwm virus

Most antivirus programs identify qtwm.exe as malware—such as Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Cycler.nmc or Virus.Win32.Induc.a, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_UNRUY.VB or PE_INDUC.A.

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Qtwm.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with qtwm
Qtwm.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The qtwm.exe process contains no information about its author.

Description: Qtwm.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Qtwm.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 286,720 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 260,226 bytes, 262,656 bytes, 286,208 bytes or 39,440 bytes. 
The qtwm.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. Qtwm.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Qtwm.exe is able to connect to the Internet and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 69% dangerous.

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Important: You should check the qtwm.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 qtwm issues

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

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