The file out.exe is related to a spyware program and is a major security threat to your PC. The file is known to be associated with many system backdoor programs and malicious software. If you find this process running on your system, you should immediately take appropriate actions to remove it from your computer.
You may find the file out.exe in the following sizes: 769,789, 139,264, 24,576, 199,680, 294,912, 545,280, and 10,609 bytes.
By default, the out.exe process loads automatically when you start your system. Out.exe runs as a background process and is capable of copying itself in multiple locations on a system.
You can find the out.exe file in the following locations:
- %Windir%\media\microsoft internet\out.exe
Here is where you can find them:
- %CommonPrograms% is a variable that points to the location where the directories of the common programs that appear in Start menu are stored. By default, it is C:\Doucuments and Settings\All users\Start Menu\Programs.
- %Programs% is a variable that points to the location where the user’s program groups are stored. Generally it is C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Start Menu\Programs.
- %Temp% is a variable that points to the location where temporary files are stored. By default, it is C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Local Settings\Temp\.
- %Windir% points to the folder where Windows operating system is installed. By default, it is either C:\Windows or C:\Winnt.
The file out.exe may also exist under the following names:
The file out.exe is associated with the following malware
Below is the list of malware with which the file out.exe is known to be associated with.
- Trojan Horse [Symantec]
- Generic.dx [McAfee]
- TROJ_CLICKER.UD [Trend Micro]
- Trojan-Clicker.Delf!sd5 [PC Tools]
- Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Delf.mh [Kaspersky Lab]
- Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Delf.ki [Kaspersky Lab]
- Trojan.CL.Delf.ASAD [PC Tools]
- Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Delf.jb [Kaspersky Lab]
- Mal/Generic-A [Sophos]
- Packed.Win32.Black [Ikarus]
- Trojan.CL.Delf.APXY [PC Tools]
- Email-Worm.Win32.Small.ah [Kaspersky Lab]
- Infostealer [Symantec]
- Mal/VB-F, Mal/Behav-103 [Sophos]
- Spammer:Win32/Tedroo.gen!A [Microsoft]
- Trojan.Win32.Cossta.yr [Kaspersky Lab]
- Trojan:Win32/Vorus.K [Microsoft]
- Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Banload [Ikarus]
- VirTool:Win32/VBInject.gen!AQ [Microsoft]
- W32.IRCBot [Symantec]
- Win-Trojan/Xema.variant [AhnLab]
- Backdoor.IRCBot!sd6 [PC Tools]
- Email-Worm.Win32.Small [Ikarus]
- Mal/WaledPak-A [Sophos]
- Mal/WaledPak-D, Mal/WaledPak-A [Sophos]
- Spam-Mailbot.h.gen.a [McAfee]
- VirTool:Win32/VBInject.gen!BN [Microsoft]
- Win32/Xema.worm.23553 [AhnLab]
How to identify if the out.exe process is running on your system
You can identify if out.exe is running on your PC by going through the list of currently running processes. To see the processes currently running on your computer, press Ctl+Alt+Del to open the Windows Task Manager window and then click the Processes tab.
Is it recommended to manually remove out.exe?
No, we do not recommend it. The out.exe process places random files on your system, locating each of these files and deleting them can prove to be quite tedious. A mistake during the removal process, such as the deletion of a wrong file, can cause serious damage to your system.
Also, out.exe is known to reinstall itself even after you remove it from your PC.
What is the best way to get rid of out.exe?
If you find out.exe running on your system, we recommend that you scan your entire system using reliable antimalware software, such as Spyware Cease and STOPzilla Antivirus to get rid of this threat. Also, after you remove out.exe, it is important that you scan your registry, using a reliable registry cleaning tool, such as RegServe, to remove all the invalid and corrupt entries which this file may have added to your registry.