How to Remove “sparkle.exe”

What is sparkle.exe?

Originally developed by Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and the GIMP Development Team, sparkle.exe is a legitimate file process. This process is known as GNU Image Manipulation Program Plug-In and it belongs to GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is located in C:\Program Files by default.
sparkle.exe virus is created when malware authors write virus files and name them after sparkle.exe with an aim to spread virus on the internet.

Affected Platform: Windows OS

How to check if your computer is infected with sparkle.exe malware?

If your system is affected by sparkle.exe malware, you will notice one or several of the symptoms below:

  • sparkle.exe occupies an unusually large CPU memory
  • Erratic internet connection
  • Your browser is bombarded with annoying popup ads
  • Computer screen freezes
  • PC's processing speed suffers
  • You are redirected to unknown websites

To pinpoint the virus file location, take the following steps:

Step 1: Press CTRL+ALT+DEL keys at once to open Task Manager.

Step 2: If you notice the file located outside C:\Program Files, you should run an antivirus scan to get rid of the malware.

How to remove sparkle.exe malware from system using Comodo Cleaning Essentials?

You can either choose to remove sparkle.exe and other malwares using Comodo Antivirus, or Comodo Cleaning Essentials (CCE) – both of which are absolutely free to download! CCE is a set of computer security tools designed to help you identify and remove malwares and unsafe processes from an infected computer.

To remove malwares using CCE, take the following steps:

1. Check the system requirements and download the feature-rich CCE suite for free.

2. After installation, choose the type of scan you want to perform. CCE offers 3 scan options to get rid of malwares from a PC:

  • Smart Scan: Does a scan on critical areas of your system.
  • Full Scan: Does a complete scan of your system.
  • Custom Scan: Does a scan only on selected items.

The process to initiate the above mentioned scans are self-explanatory and thus, easy-to-use. 
Additionally, it's recommended that you approve of any updates that the CCE will prompt you about to ensure it does a better job of identifying all the latest threats.

3. Click 'Next' to view the results.
Regardless of the type of scan you choose, the results will sometimes show false positive (flagging files that are actually safe), which has to be ignored. Only select the files you want to get rid of.

4. Click 'Apply' to apply the selected operations to the threats. The selected operations will be applied.

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Malware Entries

First Seen: 07 September 2009 at 8:57 pm
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Malware
Name
Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
Malware Behavior
1 N/A Executable 449e3fabad578776
c5b1ca8c5db84af8
bec56d8f
450d023c1f7e469f
eafaad597217b534
Unclassified
Malware
No N/A N/A Turkey N/A
2 N/A Executable 318c9670bff6df42
2a00c7fdb45d5ce2
462cfe96
649ee0b867bcff54
df9802f3249b64db
Virus.Win32.
Virut.CE
No N/A N/A Iran, Islamic Republic of N/A
3 N/A Executable dd65735e3be0ad7e
4649eb2e0202c9a4
5487f33e
316458a88ecbbd7a
fef031b905e2a52c
Packed.Win32
.MUPX.Gen
No N/A N/A Russian Federation N/A
4 N/A Executable 9c015f85291e5e9b
0f4a4225c116b7f5
e097941e
fb2e80036eb26d4a
1ea6828492f2ad40
Virus.Win32.
Ramnit.K
No N/A N/A Egypt N/A
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Safe Entries

First Seen: 25 July 2009 at 6:05 pm
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
1 Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and the GIMP Development Team Executable 0aff10bb315b1b72
d74473831495f10d
bb5eccf4
e6d77420be92b0eb
5b363936f7116040
No 2.8.0.0 2.8.0 Internal Submission
2 Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and the GIMP Development Team Executable e6f8ff84e9ac8511
607fddd9280d910a
d1ecd768
4211f4e11b74daf7
b02a0ce8ba0f01a6
Yes 2.8.4.0 2.8.4 Internal Submission
3 Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and the GIMP Development Team Executable 431e3c7e1bef77c1
945907d69560ea2f
06d45841
fecf19a5542c5ab9
8637896dbff317ff
No 2.8.10.0 2.8.10 Poland
4 Spencer Kimball, Peter Mattis and the GIMP Development Team Executable c42b3baf3216e694
53bbde03dee4ba69
eb0ae83c
5eeba0effd2a0e78
b5dc773e48babd55
Yes 2.8.16.0 2.8.16 10.224.1.57/32
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