What is SpamSubtract.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the SpamSubtract.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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SpamSubtract.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with SpamSubtract
SpamSubtract.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SpamSubtract belongs to software SpamSubtract from interMute by interMute (

Description: SpamSubtract.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file SpamSubtract.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (generally C:\Program Files\interMute\SpamSubtract\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 552,960 bytes. 
The SpamSubtract.exe file is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Spamsubtract provides a support site for assistance, and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ SpamSubtract).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SpamSubtract.exe. Therefore, you should check the SpamSubtract.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.


User Comments

it can not be removed by the method described in the previous posting
  computer advanced  
will spam subtract work with my 64 bit
on my pc when i purchased it
SpamSubtract is not a needed program. If you need to get rid of it, go to add/remove programs. Simple as that.
It pops up every time I open AOL and I hate that. Can't find a way to remove it. Intermute says it's obsolete.
old and remove it. company bought out by trend micro, search their site for spysubtract and spamsubtract and look in "knowledge base" for removal instructions
  noneya   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of SpamSubtract.exe: based on 5 votes with 6 user comments. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks SpamSubtract.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade SpamSubtract.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SpamSubtract issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SpamSubtract. 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.

To help you analyze the SpamSubtract.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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