How to remove the wow64main virus

Most antivirus programs identify wow64main.exe as malware—such as Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.FraudLoad.fvj or Packed.Win32.TDSS.aa, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan Horse or CoreGuardAntivirus2009.

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Wow64main.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wow64main
Wow64main.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The wow64main.exe process does not contain any data about its author.

Description: Wow64main.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The wow64main.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in the Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,253,376 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,187,840 bytes or 1,146,880 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run). The wow64main.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify wow64main.exe related errors

Important: You should check the wow64main.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

Identified by Kaspersky as a variant of the Packed.Win32.TDSS. a malware if located in %Temp%\wow64main.exe

Summary: Average user rating of wow64main.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks wow64main.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving wow64main issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active wow64main process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the wow64main.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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