How to get rid of the netfilter VirusSometimes the netfilter file may cloak a virus, for example Kaspersky found Trojan.Win32.FraudPack.pzz or, as the case may be, Trojan-Downloader.Win32.FraudLoad.ezk, as well as TrendMicro found TROJ_FAKEALE.J or, as the case may be, TROJ_LIFTEN.B. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with netfilter.exe
The netfilter.exe process is also known as and is a part of digital-defender Antivirus or, as the case may be, UtilTool. This software is produced by UtilTools. An obsolete or defective version of netfilter.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- digital-defender Antivirus has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- digital-defender Antivirus has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- netfilter.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module netfilter.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about netfilter.exe digital-defender Antivirus
netfilter.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file netfilter.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 114,688 bytes (30% of all these files), 163,840 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
The file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Netfilter.exe is capable of track other applications. For this reason, 73% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A netfilter.exe file has a 28% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 3,698,520 bytes.
File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. This file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system.
Netfilter.exe is capable of connect to the Internet as well as track other applications.
Attention: If you find netfilter.exe on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.
What do other computer users say about netfilter?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall digital-defender Antivirus or UtilTool
To remove digital-defender Antivirus from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for digital-defender Antivirus or UtilTool in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if netfilter.exe (digital-defender Antivirus) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of digital-defender Antivirus. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for digital-defender Antivirus or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or netfilter.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.
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