How to remove the Empty virus

Most antivirus programs identify Empty.pif as malware—e.g. Kaspersky identifies it as Email-Worm.Win32.Brontok.q or Trojan.Win32.Genome.amzxw, and Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/Senta!rfn or Worm:Win32/Brontok.BU@mm.

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Empty.pif file information

The process Empty.pif has no company information.

Description: Empty.pif is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Empty.pif is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 145,087 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 42,687 bytes or 42,579 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). The Empty.pif file is not a Windows system file. Empty.pif appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify Empty.pif related errors

Important: You should check the Empty.pif 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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Summary: Average user rating of Empty.pif: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks Empty.pif is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Empty issues

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

Other processes

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