Cleaning EXE.exe from your PC

Exe.exe is a component of one of two pieces of malware - but either way, it's bad news. It's imperative that you remove this executable from your system if you want to maintain your computer's security. Read on for detailed information on what Exe.exe is and how to get rid of it.

What is exe.exe?

The first piece of malware that deploys a file named exe.exe, Bropia, is a worm spread through MSN messenger. Once your PC is infected with Bropia, the worm deploys an IRC bot named "Rbot.BTK" on your PC and attempts to spread itself via MSN messenger. The exe.exe file you see is actually a component of the Rbot.BTK IRC bot. Without your consent or knowledge, your MSN messenger contacts will be asked to visit a web address and download a PIF file. If your contacts download the PIF file without sufficient anti-virus protection, they will also become infected.

The second piece of malware associated with exe.exe is more obscure and certainly much older. The "xlite" dialer relies on a file named "exe.exe" for its proper operation. Symptoms of xlite infection include degraded system performance and unwanted pornography downloaded on to your PC. Fortunately, dialers of this nature only seriously affect users who have a dial-up modem.

Determining if exe.exe is present on your system

You should try to verify that exe.exe is actually present on your system before attempting removal. Bring up the Task Manager by pressing "Ctrl" + "Alt" + "Delete", and switch to the "Processes" tab. Press the "Image Name" label to sort the processes by their name. Look for exe.exe in the list of processes; if it's present, carry on for removal instructions. If not, search for the file manually on your PC by choosing "Start", then "Search". If you have Windows Desktop Search installed, switch to the Search Companion. Select the "All files and folders" option, and enter "exe.exe" (without quotes) in the "All or part of the file name" field. In the "Look in" combo box, choose "Local hard drives". Under "More advanced options", ensure that "Search system folders", "Search hidden files and folders", and "Search subfolders" are all checked. Press "Search", and let the Search Assistant complete its scan of your system. If nothing is found, feel free to run a free antivirus scan anyway - just to be safe.

How is exe.exe removed?

Removing Bropia, Rbot.BTK, and xlite manually is extremely difficult. The best course of action to take is to download free anti-virus software, such as PC Tools AntiVirus. PC Tools AntiVirus will seek and destroy the most resilient virus infections - and, best of all, it's free and fully functional for 30 days.

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