How to remove the sqlserv virus

Most antivirus programs identify sqlserv.exe as malware—such as Avast identifies it as Win32:Malware-gen, and Symantec identifies it as W32.SillyDC or Downloader.

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Sqlserv.exe file information

The process known as Windows Service Master Process belongs to software svchost by unknown.

Description: Sqlserv.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file sqlserv.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 196,701 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). The sqlserv.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous.

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If sqlserv.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 7,680 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. Sqlserv.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The sqlserv.exe file is not a Windows core file. sqlserv.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: You should check the sqlserv.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 sqlserv issues

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