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FileRepMalware is an issue faced by several Windows and Mac users. Third-party antivirus applications like Avast and AVG often throw a warning that there is a suspicious file (named FileRepMalware). This issue is not specific to any version of Windows or Mac but rather common on all windows versions Windows 7,8, and 10.
In this article, we will discuss the FileRepMalware including:
- What is FileRepMalware?
- Why am I getting a FileRepMalware warning from my antivirus software?
- Is FileRepMalware a security threat to my system?
- How did the FileRepMalware get into my system?
- How to remove FileRepMalware from Windows 10,8,7.
- How to avoid the FileRepMalware threat again?
What is FileRepMalware?
FileRepMalware is a malicious file and a potential threat to your computer system. In most cases, it’s a KMSPICO (windows activation tool) file previously known as Win32: Evo-gen. KMSPICO is used to activate Windows without actually purchasing the operating system.
Why am I Getting FileRepMalware Warning from my Antivirus Software?
Antivirus software shows the FileRepMalware for one of the following reasons:
- The file is not signed by a legit publisher or the antivirus does not trust the publisher’s signature
- The file is not added into the antivirus software’s cleanest
- The file is prevalent enough or used commonly. Meaning not rough users have tried to download, use, or launch the file yet.
- The domain (from which the file is downloaded) is not prevalent enough. (this will show a DomainRepMalware tag).
Is FileRepMalware a Security Threat to My System?
FileRepMalware is an Adware. Adware is a software that automatically generates ads (pop ups, coupons, banners, etc) on the user’s screen during or after the installation process.
It’s not exactly a virus but can be very inconvenient for the user, as the ads destroy the browsing experience of the user. A major threat, in this case, is that the ads can lead the user to malicious websites and even download malware without consent.
Such potentially harmful programs are also known to collect various kinds of information including personal data, IP address, geo-location, and browsing data of the user. This information gathering and tracking can potentially lead to privacy issues and even identity theft (in some cases).
How Did FileRepMalware Get into My System?
FileRepMalware usually gets into the system through fake windows installation software (e.g. KMSPICO AKA Win32: Evo-gen), free software installation bundles, fake flash player installations, advertisements, etc.
How to Remove FileRepMalware from Windows 10, 8, 7?
The FileRepMalware can be removed from your system in one of the two ways:
- Remove FileRepMalware manually from the computer
- Remove FileRepMalware using an antivirus software
How to Remove FileRepMalware Manually from Windows Computer
You can remove FileRepMalware from your system in three steps:
- Remove suspicious applications from your computer
- Remove suspicious extensions from browsers
- Run a full security scan on your computer
Remove Suspicious Applications from Your Computer
To remove FileRepMAlware from Windows, press the Windows button + R and type control in the dialog box.
In the control panel items window, click on Programs and Features.
This will open a window with all the software applications installed on your computer. Uninstall and remove any suspicious and unwanted applications especially those you recently installed from unpopular websites.
Remove Suspicious Extensions from Google Chrome
To remove suspicious extensions from Google Chrome, click on the options menu on the top-left corner of the screen, and click on settings.
In the sidebar of the Settings window, click on extensions to open extensions in a new tab.
In the extensions window, locate any new (unwanted) and suspicious extensions and click on the remove button.
If you’re still facing issues with malicious extensions, reset the Chrome browser settings. To reset Google Chrome browser settings, open the settings window, scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and click on advanced.
In the advanced settings, click on Restore settings to their original default in the Reset and clean up section.
Remove Suspicious Extensions from Mozilla Firefox
You can remove extensions from Mozilla Firefox by following the same steps as Google Chrome except for one small difference. In Mozilla Firefox, extensions are found in the Add-ons Manager.
To open the Add-ons, click on the small button (three bars) at the top left corner of the screen and select Add-ons in the options menu.
In the Add-ons Manager, select Extensions in the sidebar and remove any malicious extensions by clicking on the remove button.
Run a Full Security Scan on your Computer
Once you’ve uninstalled and removed the harmful applications and extensions, your problem should be resolved. Just to be safe, run a full scan on your computer to find and remove any hidden virus or adware.
To run a full scan on your computer, click on the start button to open the settings window.
In the settings window, click on Update and Security and select Windows security -> Virus & Protection settings from the sidebar.
In the Virus & protection settings window, click on Scan options then select a full scan and click on Scan now.
Note: if you’re on a laptop, make sure that you have enough battery to complete the full scan.
Remove FileRepMalware using an Antivirus Software
FileRepMalware can also be removed using antivirus software. Avast and AVG antivirus are among trusted antivirus softwares. You can also install and use these to remove the FileRepMalware.
Although, the Windows Defender in Windows 10 is well-equipped to deal with any such issues. In some cases, it automatically removes potentially harmful applications right after installation.
How to Avoid the FileRepMalware Threat Again?
To avoid getting the FileRepMalware threat on your system again:
- Careful internet browsing: Be very careful while browsing the internet especially while downloading/installing software
- Avoid clicking on ads: cybercriminals invest many resources into designing the perfect intrusive ad design so most look legitimate. Although once clicked, you will be redirected to suspicious websites.
- Do not open email attachments from unknown users: there is a high chance that the email contains spam and should be avoided.
- Analyze each installation/download window: if anything looks suspicious, do not proceed with downloading/installing the software. Also do not download/install from the website in question again.
- Download applications from official resources: downloading websites from official websites ensures that the software is legitimate and does not contain any virus or adware.
In a nutshell, ensuring your safety and privacy in the online world rests mainly on caution. If you’re careful enough with the resources you’re using then there is a lesser chance of running into any trouble.