How to remove the sample virus

Most antivirus programs identify sample.exe as malware—e.g. Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Gen or WS.Reputation.1, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_SPNR.16HJ12 or TROJ_GEN.R01TC0GA315.

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Sample.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sample
Sample.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process sample.exe has no data about its author.

Description: Sample.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sample.exe is located in the Windows Temp folder. The file size on Windows 8/7/XP is 236,032 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). Sample.exe is not a Windows core file. Sample.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify sample.exe related errors

Important: You should check the sample.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 sample issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sample. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the sample.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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