How to remove the ~ virus

Most antivirus programs identify ~.exe as malware—such as Microsoft identifies it as TrojanSpy:Win32/Keatep.C or TrojanDownloader:Win32/Troxen!rts, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_DLOADR.KK or TROJ_DNSCHANG.XT.

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~.exe file information

The process known as ~.exe appears to belong to software DNS Changer by unknown.

Description: ~.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The ~.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 7,168 bytes (58% of all occurrences), 7,680 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The ~.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The ~.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It is not a Windows system file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Winlogon\Shell, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, Run, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce). Therefore the technical security rating is 87% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify ~.exe related errors

Important: You should check the ~.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

So far it's added icons to porn sites to my desktop and appears to have come down from myspace chat. It automatically opened Adobe Reader and Installed itself through it.

Summary: Average user rating of ~.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks ~.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ~ issues

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