How to remove the scrss virus

Most antivirus programs identify scrss.exe as malware—such as F-Secure identifies it as IRC-Worm.Generic.6527, and McAfee identifies it as W32/Spybot.worm!bu.

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Scrss.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with scrss
Scrss.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft Windows belongs to software Server Runtime Process by unknown.

Description: Scrss.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Scrss.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 610,265 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. Scrss.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The scrss.exe file is not a Windows system file. Scrss.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous.

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If scrss.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 73,728 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Scrss.exe is not a Windows system file.

If scrss.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 145,920 bytes. It is a file with no information about its developer. Scrss.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder.

Important: You should check the scrss.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 scrss issues

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