How to remove the VCRedist virus

Most antivirus programs identify VCRedist.exe as malware—e.g. BitDefender identifies it as Gen:Variant.Graftor.171178 or Gen:Variant.Strictor.82764, and F-Secure identifies it as Gen:Variant.Graftor.171178 or Gen:Variant.Strictor.82764.

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VCRedist.exe file information

The process known as VC Redistributable or Program Redist belongs to software Visual Redistributable or Program Redist by Visual Redistributable or Program Redist.

Description: VCRedist.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. VCRedist.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 133,120 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 136,704 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: RunOnce). The file is not a Windows core file. VCRedist.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify VCRedist.exe related errors

Important: You should check the VCRedist.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 VCRedist issues

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