How to remove the pridl virus

Most antivirus programs identify pridl.exe as malware—such as Microsoft identifies it as TrojanDownloader:Win32/Troxen!rts, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_DLOADER.JXO.

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Pridl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pridl
Pridl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The pridl.exe process does not provide any identification of the producer.

Description: Pridl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Pridl.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 11,264 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run). The pridl.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous.

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If pridl.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 35,328 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run). It is not a Windows core file. pridl.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: You should check the pridl.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 pridl issues

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

Other processes

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