How to Remove “spnpinst.exe”

What is spnpinst.exe?

Originally developed by Microsoft Corporation, spnpinst.exe is a legitimate file process. This process is known as Peer to Peer Custom Setup and it belongs to Windows Operating System. It is located in C:\Windows\System32 by default.
spnpinst.exe virus is created when malware authors write virus files and name them after spnpinst.exe with an aim to spread virus on the internet.

Affected Platform: Windows OS

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

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

  • spnpinst.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:\Windows\System32, you should run an antivirus scan to get rid of the malware.

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

You can either choose to remove spnpinst.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: 30 November 2008 at 6:53 pm
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Malware
Name
Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
Malware Behavior
1 Microsoft Corporation Executable 1012dee74afe45be
01d5c0dd5d36f37d
e7427d8b
6e29126c9e234a49
44dd6041cdc0a89b
Virus.Win32.
Sality.gen
No 5.1.2600.5
512
(xpsp.0804
13-0852)
5.1.2600.5
512
Romania N/A
2 Microsoft Corporation Executable 9bdd900ce202b273
df36ff1c5991dcb2
785a8faf
8a30fc85420f2410
688aa2f847508e61
Virus.Win32.
Virut.Ce
No 5.1.2600.5
512
(xpsp.0804
13-0852)
5.1.2600.5
512
United States N/A
3 Microsoft Corporation Executable a2a3051d91701f2d
9cacd210e231d9b8
044ba9ea
d3bb9bb0d1e9c7c0
ca3de631a1416164
Virus.Win32.
Sality.gen
No 5.1.2600.5
512
(xpsp.0804
13-0852)
5.1.2600.5
512
Brazil N/A
4 Microsoft Corporation Executable ff29efe7fbfe2e40
e0ced98207b8582d
96960c02
2924aed2bbd30df5
ec5fb69746a13eae
Virus.Win32.
Virut.CE
No 5.1.2600.5
512
(xpsp.0804
13-0852)
5.1.2600.5
512
Egypt N/A
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Safe Entries

First Seen: 24 June 2008 at 1:37 pm
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
1 N/A Non-executable 0b20ec23b5bd55be
44c01d4dbaac241d
1e757805
820a81e0916bac82
838fd7e74ab29b15
No N/A N/A 198.20.167.84/32
2 Microsoft Corporation Executable d2462c0b9b2a24d9
4fe0e44ad3b727c4
37135ba8
5afe641888eac5ac
25c4ff01c3dede16
No 5.1.2600.3
244
(xpsp.0710
30-0319)
5.1.2600.3
244
Internal Submission
3 Microsoft Corporation Executable a8e7b531c4a5429f
46cb65b69125cabe
aa0c44fb
dfb818ca9f0dcccf
60384fe0e7c952ff
No 5.1.2600.5
508
(xpsp.0803
20-0409)
5.1.2600.5
508
Internal Submission
4 Microsoft Corporation Executable 9d380f5c8564dd58
4c6e50d108e795c2
746ca4bf
f0eff7254400b7fe
3b1b0ac842756301
No 5.1.2600.5
512
(xpsp.0804
13-0852)
5.1.2600.5
512
Internal Submission
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