How to remove the Steel virus

Most antivirus programs identify Steel.exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:Monitor.MSIL.Steeler.a or Trojan-Spy.MSIL.KeyLogger.emx, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Gen.2 or Spyware.Keylogger.

The Steel.exe file is a software component of foobar2000 by Office. Foobar comes from a common computer programming placeholder name. It's a freeware audio player reknowned for superb modular design and its variety of features. It offers extensive user configuration flexibility.

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Steel.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Steel
Steel.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Steel belongs to software foobar2000 or Steel by Office (

Description: Steel.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Steel.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 173,056 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 139,776 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The file is not a Windows system file. Steel.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous.
In case of any problems with Steel.exe, you can uninstall the software foobar2000 using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs), visit the support page or look for a new, improved version.

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Important: You should check the Steel.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 Steel issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Steel. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 Steel.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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