What is SpyHunter.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 SpyHunter.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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SpyHunter.exe file information

The process belongs to software SpyHunter by Enigma Software Group (

Description: SpyHunter.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The SpyHunter.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,482,176 bytes (58% of all occurrences), 2,693,248 bytes, 2,736,128 bytes or 2,465,792 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. SpyHunter.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with SpyHunter.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > SpyHunter).

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

Checks registry, files, cookies, and memory for spyware, etc...
  Ebula   (further information)
I can't seem to find it in my Add/remove programs to delete it
  judy kennedy  
I have purchased SpyHunter but cannot get it to download, cannot remove it from my computer, It has stopped me from getting emails in outlook and has screwed my word and excel programs. There is now way of contacting them because they sent my password by email which they have disabled. I really need to contact them but don't know how
Don’t download this Free Anti-Spyware Scanner from Ant-Spyware 101, or similar sites. This is a tactic meant to scare you into paying for a “Full” version of SpyHunter. SpyHunter is not and never has been an effective tool at removing any “Rogue” Applications or infections.
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Spy hunter keeps my computer running well. First you don't have it run automaticly on start up and seconedly make sure you read each pannel of protection and enable the one's you want. This is a powerfull program. This program has keeped my computer safe from programs that auto install and edit my registry bypassing windows "need your permission to continue" It also lets me know when certin programs are attempting to edit my redistry when they don't need to. I mainly use it to delete cookies and malware. although there are some clever cookies that just recreate themselves.
  Derek - Recomend with an anti-virus   (further information)
Spyhunter is a malicious program that hijacks your computer and leads you to believe that it is an antivirus program, scares you into buying it. it is installed disguised as other programs and it is very dificult to get ridd of.
want to uninstall SpyHunter completly
I can´t remove this program from my windows 7. My computer crashed. I got this problem in spyhunter now and many years ago.
Very difficult to remove
  K G May  
does not show as an installed program, and therefore cannot be removed
Awesome software, its saved my and my friends PC so many times. Of course it could be a little bit cheaper!
  Steve   (further information)
After much research, I have found SpyHunter to be of dubious claim and accord, presenting itself as an ineffective means of an antimalware device or even that of poor trojan virus with a history of conducting very suspicious behavior. Enigmasoftware, publisher of SpyHunter, has not yet presented the software to be reviewed by an AV Test, raising some suspicion as to the nature of the program. Whilst SpyHunter has attempted to present itself as an effective means of anti-spyware, it is rather very aggressive in the nature of its advertising, offering incredible amounts of repetition and 'critiq
downloaded it and then regretted it . Took over my PC every action had to be verified. Wanted money to remove non-virus infested programmes.Hard to remove. Not shown in installations. Removed it by opening process hacker terminating process and then going into Everything and removing it from there. It worked.
  Duncan Lucas  
can not be removed by conventional methods. Even removing the files and running reg edit and deleting all reference to enigma and spy hunter works to remove it completely at start up
Spyhunter IS malware. Hijacks your computer. Demands money to remove stuff that isn't even malware. Very very difficult to remove.
I was scammed into d/loading it and took quite some time to try and uninstall it- not possible. After getting the 'blue screen' crash message I used system restore to get rid. Nasty programme !
malicious; trying to force me into buying the non"free"version; still working on how to get rid of it; fortunately buying new computer after christmas BEWARE !!!
  Ivan Desantis  
I downloaded this program and it has ruined my xp pc. so far I have not been able to delete it and I have Kaspersky protection - Kasperksy obviously does not recognise it as a virus, which it is.
  george sanders  
WinPatrol (which I have trusted and liked for many YEARS) calls this SpyHunter thing "SH4SERVICE.EXE" and its users don't rate "SH4SERVICE.EXE" aka SpyHunter.exe very well. I about to remove it though some reports when I Googled for it said it may be hard to keep removed - and that is as sign of MalWare. I don't remember installing this so something else snuck this in.
  just me  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SpyHunter.exe: based on 32 votes with 19 user comments. 2 users think SpyHunter.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 11 users suspect danger. 16 users think SpyHunter.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade SpyHunter.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SpyHunter issues

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

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

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