How to remove the spydetector virus

Most antivirus programs identify spydetector.exe as malware—for instance TrendMicro identifies it as Mal_FakeSign, and Symantec identifies it as Adware.ADH.

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Spydetector.exe file information

The process known as Process Detector or Anti-spyware software with (version 17 methods to detect spyware, keyloggers and Trojans) belongs to software Spyware Process Detector by System SoftLab (

Description: Spydetector.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file spydetector.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 369,539 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 353,174 bytes, 339,342 bytes or 6,168,576 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The file is not a Windows core file. Spydetector.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Spyware Process Detector.

Recommended: Identify spydetector.exe related errors

Important: You should check the spydetector.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 spydetector issues

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