How to remove the wininet virus

Most antivirus programs identify wininet.exe as malware—e.g. Symantec identifies it as Infostealer or Backdoor.Trojan, and Microsoft identifies it as Backdoor:Win32/Syrutrk.A or Trojan:Win32/Small.

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Wininet.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wininet
Wininet.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Front End Client appears to belong to software DotNetModule by DotNetModule (version v3.06).

Description: Wininet.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The wininet.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 14,848 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 13,824 bytes, 78,848 bytes, 90,112 bytes or 90,624 bytes. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is not a Windows core file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Wininet.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 94% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If wininet.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 94,208 bytes. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. Wininet.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself.

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Important: You should check the wininet.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.


User Comments

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Summary: Average user rating of wininet.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks wininet.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving wininet issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active wininet process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the wininet.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 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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