How to remove the WinForm virus

Most antivirus programs identify WinForm.exE as malware—for example Symantec identifies it as Infostealer.Gampass, and TrendMicro identifies it as TSPY_ONLINEG.NTC.

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WinForm.exE file information

The process belongs to software Windows FormatAd by unknown.

Description: WinForm.exE is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WinForm.exE is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 16,906 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 17,831 bytes, 18,783 bytes or 17,920 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). WinForm.exE is not a Windows system file. WinForm.exE is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify WinForm.exE related errors

If WinForm.exE is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 26,112 bytes. The application has no file description. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. WinForm.exE is able to monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with WinForm.exE, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Windows FormatAd).

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Important: You should check the WinForm.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 WinForm issues

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