How to remove the rundll32 virus

Most antivirus programs identify rundll32 .exe as malware—such as Avast identifies it as Win32:Malware-gen, and F-Secure identifies it as Trojan.Generic.KDV.206072.

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Rundll32 .exe file information

The process known as Pwned belongs to software Adobe Common File Installer by unknown.

Description: Rundll32 .exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The rundll32 .exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 546,816 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 797,696 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, User Shell Folders). The rundll32 .exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with rundll32 .exe, you can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Adobe Common File Installer (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) ask Customer Support to assist you
  3) update the program.

Recommended: Identify rundll32 .exe related errors

If rundll32 .exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 11,055,104 bytes. The program has a visible window. Rundll32 .exe is a file with no information about its developer. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows core file.

Important: You should check the rundll32 .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 rundll32 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active rundll32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the rundll32 .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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