Internat.exe: Safe or a Virus?

Internat.exe is a Microsoft Windows file that comes pre-installed with Windows. The internat executable file is a process that provides the multi-lingual features in Microsoft Windows and is also known as the Keyboard Language Indicator Applet. The language selection icon you may see in your system tray is put there by internat.exe. If the internat.exe file you see is digitally signed by Microsoft, you can consider it safe.

The internat.exe file runs at system Startup. Different locales that are specified by the user can be easily loaded. The EN icon in the system tray facilitates switching between locales. If you stop or disable the process, you will no longer sees the EN icon in the system tray.

International users have experienced problems with their keyboard settings and have pointed to internat.exe as the culprit. If the file on your computer is valid and legitimate, here are a few ways for you to disable or remove internat.exe if you don?t need it.

Note: Although some users have successfully disabled or removed the internat.exe file from their computers without experiencing any adverse effects, there are still those who advise that the executable does no harm and should stay in place.

Here are a few ways that you can remove the internat.exe program from your system if you choose to do so.

Method 1: Disable using System Configuration Utility

  1. Click on Start and go to Run.
  2. Type msconfig and press Enter to open the System Configuration Utility.
  3. Click on the Startup tab.
  4. Look for internat.exe and clear its check box.
  5. Click Apply and then click OK.
  6. You will see a dialog box come up telling you of a system change. This box will also ask if you would like to restart your computer.
  7. Click Yes and reboot.

Method 2: Delete Related Registry Entries

If you are familiar with Registry Editor, you can delete the internat.exe registry entry. However, you should always create a back-up before you alter registry values or keys. Changes are irreversible unless you have a back-up file in place.

Warning: There is an inherent risk to editing your registry. This method is not recommended if you have insufficient knowledge or skills.

If you would still like to proceed with this method, simply locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run in Registry Editor and remove the internat.exe value.

Method 3: Delete Interanet.exe File

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del or Ctrl+Shift+Esc key combination to bring up Task Manager.
  2. Click on Processes.
  3. Locate and click on internat.exe in the processes list.
  4. Click End Process.
  5. Open the Windows System folder in Windows Explorer and look for internat.exe.
  6. Save a copy of the file in a different location and delete it from the systems folder.

Method 4: Disable Languages you Don?t Use

Open Control Panel and use the Regional and Language Options applet to disable all the languages you don?t need. Also, remove all Keyboard Locales except for the one you use. Finally, clear the Enable Indicator on Taskbar check box to disable the icon from displaying in system tray.

Method 5: Disable Show Keyboard in Aston installations

If you have Gladiators Aston installed, cleaer the Show keyboard indicator on AMaster?s Boot configuration screen to disable it.

Methods outlined above are for the legitimate Microsoft file. If you are unsure of whether or not you have the internat.exe virus file, conduct the following checks.

Users have said that one way of telling that you have the valid Windows file is to look at the file icon. The valid Windows file icon should be ??.?

File size can also be a clue as to its validity. Known file sizes of valid internat.exe files are 20752, 40400 bytes and 49621 bytes.

The rogue internat.exe file is actually a Trojan. This rogue program has been described to be a part of Netsnake Trojan, Backdoor.AntiLam.20.K and Backdoor.Pointex.B. This malware may also include other viruses.

If this is the case, know that the Trojan acts to steal passwords and forwards them to the malware initiator.

You should immediately remove the Trojan from your computer before your security and identity are compromised. Run a scan with a reliable antivirus and anti-spyware tools to remove the Trojan from your computer. This may take awhile but will be well worth the wait. While running your scans, avoid using the computer.

You should also run a regular registry scan to find out if you have invalid entries or other error causing entries in your registry. A registry scanner like RegServe not only helps prevent the occurrence of errors, but also fixes errors that have already occurred.

If you are unsure about a file, the best thing to do is to ensure the validity of the program. You can do this by doing some research or submitting the file to a virus or spyware scan.