Conhost.exe “Virus” Removal

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I wrote this article to help you remove Conhost.exe. This Conhost.exe removal guide works for all Windows versions.

Conhost.exe is a Trojan horse. The clandestine program uses the system’s resources for its malicious agenda. Conhost.exe can attract malware to your computer and steal your personal data. The people behind the Trojan can work alone or collaborate with cyber criminals. While Conhost.exe can cause enough damage on its own, the rogue programs it allows in can lead to more problems. Some of them can be more severe than what the Trojan can do. You should take immediate measures upon detecting the presence of Conhost.exe on your system. This may be difficult because the shady program works through background processes.

What does Conhost.exe do upon penetrating a computer?

As soon as Conhost.exe makes way into your system, it will start executing its malicious tasks. The Trojan’s activity is difficult to recognize. The first sign about its presence will be the deliberations in your computer’s performance. The processes of the clandestine program appear in the Task Manager. Conhost.exe exploits several operational tasks of Windows, mostly the CSRSS.exe process. You will see more instances of this task than usual. The symptoms are only the initial step towards identifying the problem. The only way to be certain that the Trojan has penetrated your computer is to locate the Conhost.exe file on your hard drive. This can be done through a simple search.

The worst types of infections the Trojan can attract to your computer are ransomware viruses. These malevolent programs encrypt most of the files on the hard drive and demand a ransom to provide the decryption key or software. This is how they got their name to begin with. Conhost.exe can create a backdoor for a ransomware virus by tampering with the system’s security settings. It can turn off the Windows firewall and other default protection mechanisms your OS has. This would allow the furtive program to enter your machine. Malware programs can have their own carriers, but the Trojan itself is also an option. The covert software can perform the download and install of the virus.

As already mentioned, the other harmful activity Conhost.exe carries out is to collect information on users. The insidious program will follow you throughout your sessions and gather the data you enter into your browser. It also has the ability to extract the details the browser stores per default, like your system type and version, the identity and variant of the web browser, your IP address and geographic location. Conhost.exe can record your surf history, tracking cookies and keystrokes. This enables the nefarious program to access all your entries. The Trojan can obtain your email, physical address, date of birth, telephone number, fax, demographic details, user names and passwords. The gathered input can be used to break into your accounts and steal from them. The people behind Conhost.exe can do a cyber attack themselves or decide to sell your data on the darknet.

How did Conhost.exe penetrate my computer?

There are a couple of ways to get infected with Conhost.exe. The preferred distribution technique for the Trojan is spam email campaigns. The secluded program can be transferred to your PC through an attachment. Opening the file is enough to initiate the download and install of the malevolent program. The person behind the spam message will try to make you believe that the attachment is an important document. He could misrepresent a reliable company or entity, like the national post, a courier firm, a social network, a bank, a government institution or the police department. To proof the reliability of a given email, check the sender’s contacts.

The other way for Conhost.exe to infiltrate your system is through a drive-by installation. This occurs when entering a corrupted website or following a compromised link. You need to be careful about the web pages you visit. Make sure a given domain has a good reputation. Just visiting a website may not get your machine infected. This does not mean that the domain can be trusted for links. We advise you to do your research before trusting unfamiliar sources for any purpose.

Conhost.exe Uninstall

STEP-1 Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.

STEP-4

Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.

appwiz

Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.

STEP-6

Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.

msconfig

Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove Conhost.exe from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

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Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.

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