How to remove the s_inst virus

Most antivirus programs identify s_inst.exe as malware—for instance McAfee identifies it as RDN/Generic PUP.x!crw or Artemis!0149624B6ACB, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0EA815 or TROJ_GEN.R02LC0OCK15.

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S_inst.exe file information

The process known as s_inst.exe belongs to software unknown by Digital Pine or Bundle Co..

Description: S_inst.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The s_inst.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 781,824 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 783,640 bytes and 6 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. S_inst.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with s_inst.exe, you can do the following:
  • turn to the software developer [1][2], Installbundle, for advice
  • safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Bundle Co. Ltd. or Digital Pine LLC (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify s_inst.exe related errors

Important: You should check the s_inst.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 s_inst issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active s_inst process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the s_inst.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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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