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

BACKGROUND_FAULT is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This rogue tool displays fake system errors. It warns users that there is a problem with their computer when there is no issue in reality. The bogus alerts report about different types of errors. All notifications concern the Windows OS. Some of them are specified while others are not identified. BACKGROUND_FAULT provides limited details regarding the supposed errors. This is a sign that the reports are false. If you look into the notifications in detail, you will realize that they are not brought by Windows. The PUP makes the alerts resemble system messages but there are certain flaws which reveal that they are not legitimate.

The initial symptoms for the presence of BACKGROUND_FAULT include slow performance speed, freezes, crashes and unresponsiveness. This is because the PUP uses up your computer’s resources to perform its malicious tasks. Its processes exert a lot of CPU and RAM memory. A sharp decline in the system’s performance is the most common sign for the presence of malware. To be precise, furtive programs tend to lay in stealth and not disclose their identity. Some tools pretend to be reliable and offer their services to the end user. BACKGROUND_FAULT is among the rogue programs which misrepresent existing software.

As we mentioned earlier, the PUP displays pop-up alerts which have been designed to resemble the notifications of the Windows OS. BACKGROUND_FAULT reports about errors with the background tasks. This is a clever strategy, since checking whether there is a genuine problem with a background process is more difficult than checking a component which can be directly monitored. However, you can do another checkup. The insidious program works through background tasks itself. As we alluded to earlier, BACKGROUND_FAULT uses up a high amount of virtual memory to execute its malicious operations. You can find the processes of the clandestine program in your Task Manager.

The notifications BACKGROUND_FAULT displays contain redirect links. The PUP will instruct you to follow them in order to get help for resolving the supposed problem. This is a common deception technique which has been used by various fraud artists for many years. Although people have been warned about this scheme throughout the years, there are still inexperienced users who naively trust such messages. To set the record straight, the Windows OS does not forward to various websites for technical support when necessary. Your system will only show you a notification through the Action Center. For further assistance, you will be instructed to contact support. Be advised that clicking on a redirect link from a pop-up message can result in contacting malware.

Apart from showing bogus error notifications, BACKGROUND_FAULT will also spy on you. The PUP is set to monitor people’s online sessions and extort information from their web browsers. The nefarious program can access your browsing history, IP address, geographic location, email account, telephone number, demographic profile, physical address, user names, passwords and other private input. The owners of BACKGROUND_FAULT can sell your private details without acquiring your permission.

There are several ways to get infected with BACKGROUND_FAULT. Pirated utilities, freeware and shareware serve as download clients for the PUP. This technique is called bundling. To avoid having undesired software installed, you need to find the option for it in the terms and conditions of the host and deselect it. Spam emails transfer BACKGROUND_FAULT through attachments. The file will be presented as a document. Before opening an attachment, make sure the message is legitimate. Check the sender’s name and contacts. The most facilitated means of transfer is a drive-by download. The covert program can get transferred to your system when you access a corrupted website or click on a compromised link. We urge you to be cautious about your online sources.


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.


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


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


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


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

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