How to Remove “sqlmaint.exe”

What is sqlmaint.exe?

Originally developed by Microsoft Crporation, sqlmaint.exe is a legitimate file process. This process is known as SQL Server Database Maintenance Plan Wizard Executor and it belongs to Microsoft SQL Server. It is located in C:\Program Files by default.

sqlmaint.exe virus is created when malware authors write virus files and name them after sqlmaint.exe with an aim to spread virus on the internet.

Affected Platform: Windows OS

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

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

  • sqlmaint.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 sqlmaint.exe malware from system using Comodo Cleaning Essentials?

You can either choose to remove sqlmaint.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: 21 October 2011 at 8:27 am
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Malware
Name
Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
Malware Behavior
1 Microsoft Corporation Executable aad967378026b9fe
4d583fdc61e42f81
6b35ee32
7616660bd32541e9
f262778ead1e8b7e
Virus.Win32.
Sality.gen
No 2000.080.0
194.00
8.00.194 Brazil N/A
2 Microsoft Corporation Executable 3abf5703e3f57c39
e2aef26786c798d7
c848e7f6
7935ff07a53004ec
fbad3c0b6d5137f9
Virus.Win32.
Sality.gen
No 2000.080.0
194.00
8.00.194 Brazil N/A
3 Microsoft Corporation Executable 305d90c8322f6da0
0c0ba4e5ec428b4d
14ea71c2
279251460cbf47f0
1891540c2b0d81ad
Virus.Win32.
Sality.gen
No 2000.080.0
760.00
8.00.760 Brazil N/A
4 Microsoft Corporation Executable 743f432f6f79f843
1b99d18886d2cde6
ebc116d2
4174957acb34fb7c
8efa9a830cb92505
Virus.Win32.
Sality.gen
No 2000.080.0
194.00
8.00.194 Brazil N/A
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Safe Entries

First Seen: 20 November 2008 at 9:21 pm
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
1 Microsoft Corporation Executable b119a2b05b3d8dde
410cf3685dd79aab
98fc9a83
09b847a92f02e8c0
ac4c62da3998485a
Yes 2005.090.4
035.00
9.00.4035.
00
10.108.51.116/32
2 Microsoft Corporation Executable 512aade154a863a9
3a190fdcc3ec5079
2dc96e88
715262166032bba1
913ec8dbe5cadc63
Yes 2005.090.3
042.00
9.00.3042.
00
United States
3 Microsoft Corporation Executable 27240f13f293a0c4
14a8f7a0abe3eb74
15747755
4e8dc14126e76101
dafe0ef59f6435cc
Yes 2014.0120.
2000.08
((SQL14_RT
M).140220-
1832 )
12.0.2000.
8
10.0.17.167/32
4 Microsoft Corporation Executable d96d92d7ad29ecd6
7c87ef8f38aaf5e5
1faa9cfc
71c557bc02c263b7
cd4b101ef8518c58
Yes 2011.0110.
2100.060
((SQL11_RT
M).120210-
1846 )
11.0.2100.
60
198.20.167.84/32
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