How to remove the uninstall_ virus

Most antivirus programs identify uninstall_.exe as malware—for example Symantec identifies it as W32.Spybot.Worm, and Kaspersky identifies it as Virus.Win32.Virut.ce or Net-Worm.Win32.Kolabc.heg.

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Uninstall_.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with uninstall_
Uninstall_.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The Windows Hosts Controller process itself does not provide any dependable information about its developer or its associated software.

Description: Uninstall_.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file uninstall_.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 89,742 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 138,752 bytes, 90,623 bytes or 120,083 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The uninstall_.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Uninstall_.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 87% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify uninstall_.exe related errors

Important: You should check the uninstall_.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 uninstall_ issues

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