How to remove the SpySheriff virus

Most antivirus programs identify SpySheriff.exe as malware—for example McAfee identifies it as Generic PWS.y, and F-Secure identifies it as Rogue:W32/SpySheriff.C.

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SpySheriff.exe file information

The process belongs to software Spy Sheriff by unknown.

Description: SpySheriff.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SpySheriff.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 415,744 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 415,232 bytes or 416,256 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The SpySheriff.exe file is not a Windows system file. SpySheriff.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with SpySheriff.exe, you can also uninstall Spy Sheriff or Spy-Sheriff software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify SpySheriff.exe related errors

Important: You should check the SpySheriff.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Spy Sheriff has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Zurzeit häufen sich die Anfragen wegen SpySheriff. Die hartnäckige Adware lässt sich schwer entfernen, deaktiviert den Taskmanager und den Desktop-Hintergrund.
  defcom   (further information)
Fake Antivirus virus itself
  .....   (further information)
Spysheriff.exe is a spyware program, and should be removed immediately

Summary: Average user rating of SpySheriff.exe: based on 6 votes with 3 user comments. 6 users think SpySheriff.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving SpySheriff issues

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