How to remove the spuninst virus

Most antivirus programs identify spuninst.exe as malware—for example Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/Malagent, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Gen or Suspicious.Cloud.5.

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Spuninst.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with spuninst
Spuninst.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The spuninst.exe process does not contain any company information.

Description: Spuninst.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The spuninst.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 117,248 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 113,152 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run). Spuninst.exe is not a Windows core file. Spuninst.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify spuninst.exe related errors

Important: You should check the spuninst.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

internet trying to get rid of exploer 7
  Terry Murr  
McAfee Virus scan fails and crashes windows on reaching this file
It made it so i can't go into many files and control panel
its everywhere in my computer and messing things up badly
  jane miller  
Microsoft recommends it to delete WMP
  Laszlo Bodoni   (further information)
It comes from windows auto-update download. It's a virus for an eventual shut down of PC for whatever reason Microsoft have.
causes blue screen of death on acer aspire one
Well the virus can slow down the computer and my computer is full of it.
  anthony russ  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of spuninst.exe: based on 18 votes with 8 user comments. 4 users think spuninst.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 7 users think spuninst.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade spuninst.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving spuninst issues

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

Other processes

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