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: 17 June 2009 at 7:57 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 f088c4f2a3c20b75
d71b2c7390fafab3
085c033e
9ac655c224e66644
72132e8ab2850f4d
Virus.Win32.
Virut.CE
No 5.1.2600.2
180
(xpsp_sp2_
rtm.040803
-2158)
5.1.2600.2
180
Ukraine N/A
3 Microsoft Corporation Executable 112ed17c38e0689c
09f937b9d82de036
f5ea67be
c16baf8d96533373
e575e0412231392a
Worm.Win32.G
ael.A
No 5.1.2600.5
512
(xpsp.0804
13-0852)
5.1.2600.5
512
United States N/A
4 Microsoft Corporation Executable 45a99697b7d64e1d
d0171e4d9482a067
5dffe8cf
1412f3bac95a1168
8aa3f5e39f5806c6
Virus.Win32.
Virut.CE
No 5.1.2600.5
512
(xpsp.0804
13-0852)
5.1.2600.5
512
Vietnam N/A
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24

Safe Entries

First Seen: 13 June 2008 at 11:10 am
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
1 Microsoft Corporation Executable 96a2c7b5a0506197
a93564ff4112f521
3257994b
e69017ce14d1ab3e
a8bf416de7f3178f
No 5.1.2600.5
512
(xpsp.0804
13-0852)
5.1.2600.5
512
Internal Submission
2 N/A Non-executable 0b20ec23b5bd55be
44c01d4dbaac241d
1e757805
820a81e0916bac82
838fd7e74ab29b15
No N/A N/A 198.20.167.84/32
3 Microsoft Corporation Executable 0575bb92e9bda3c8
b15999a11e79dc21
9ee2ac89
245e2dc2aa48f07e
ceab28a3fbdbc41b
No 5.1.2600.5
512
(xpsp.0804
13-0852)
5.1.2600.5
512
Internal Submission
4 Microsoft Corporation Executable a3d51ace36c469ff
001a7a5669a209ff
d5c12e6e
13ca77e8edb1fb8f
7bad8b7d54a63c9a
No 5.1.2600.2
180
(xpsp_sp2_
rtm.040803
-2158)
5.1.2600.2
180
Internal Submission
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