How to remove the systemout virus

Most antivirus programs identify systemout.exe as malware—for example TrendMicro identifies it as SPYWARE_KEYL_XPCSPY, and Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:Monitor.Win32.XPCSpy.du.

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Systemout.exe file information

The process belongs to software service or XPCSpy Pro (version 2) by X Software (

Description: Systemout.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The systemout.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 173,056 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 198,656 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Systemout.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with systemout.exe, you can also uninstall XPCSpy Pro 2 software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify systemout.exe related errors

Important: You should check the systemout.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 systemout issues

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