How to remove the sbs_wminet_utils virus

Most antivirus programs identify sbs_wminet_utils.dat as malware—for instance Avast identifies it as Win32:Crypt-OSV [Trj], and BitDefender identifies it as Application.BitCoinMiner.AA.

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Sbs_wminet_utils.dat file information

The process known as .NET Runtime Optimization Service belongs to software Microsoft .NET Framework by Microsoft (

Description: Sbs_wminet_utils.dat is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sbs_wminet_utils.dat is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows or sometimes in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 270,848 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 416,768 bytes or 410,112 bytes. 
The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify sbs_wminet_utils.dat related errors

Important: You should check the sbs_wminet_utils.dat 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 sbs_wminet_utils issues

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