How to remove the reader_s virus

Most antivirus programs identify reader_s.exe as malware—for instance Symantec identifies it as Trojan Horse or Trojan.Neprodoor, and Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.Inject.prr or Backdoor.Win32.Bredolab.fy.

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Reader_s.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with reader_s
Reader_s.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Attribute Utility or PE Explorer or 32-bit Setup Launcher or MS ASIO Ldr or CTF Loader or Recover Files Utility or Message Queuing Service or Portable NX

belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Microsoft® Windows (version 2000 Operating System) or PE Explorer or InstallShield or PNX or Kernel Veryfier

by Microsoft ( or Heaventools Software ( or InstallShield Software ( or eSXi ( or Portable Library.

Description: Reader_s.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Reader_s.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 33,280 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 47,104 bytes and 35 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Reader_s.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run, Run). Reader_s.exe is able to manipulate other programs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 63% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify reader_s.exe related errors

Important: You should check the reader_s.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.


User Comments

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Summary: Average user rating of reader_s.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think reader_s.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving reader_s issues

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