How to remove the rBot virus

Most antivirus programs identify rBot.exe as malware—e.g. TrendMicro identifies it as WORM_RBOT.GEN-1, and Symantec identifies it as W32.Spybot.Worm.

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RBot.exe file information

The process contains no information about its author.

Description: RBot.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file rBot.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 164,352 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 455,774 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The rBot.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. RBot.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous.

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If rBot.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 456,291 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows core file.

Important: You should check the rBot.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 rBot issues

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