Most antivirus programs identify SPY_NET_RAT.exe as malware—for instance McAfee identifies it as Generic.dx!lol, and Avast identifies it as Win32:Trojan-gen.
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Description: SPY_NET_RAT.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SPY_NET_RAT.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 397,312 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 434,176 bytes or 401,408 bytes.
There is no information about the author of the file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. SPY_NET_RAT.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. SPY_NET_RAT.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous.
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If SPY_NET_RAT.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 389,120 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. Some people think it is dangerous. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). The SPY_NET_RAT.exe file is not a Windows system file. SPY_NET_RAT.exe appears to be a compressed file.
Important: You should check the SPY_NET_RAT.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active SPY_NET_RAT process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the SPY_NET_RAT.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 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.