What is uninstall.ini? Should I remove it?

Uninstall.ini is a simple text file that is used to contain config information inside

Uninstall.ini is a configuration file used to store essential settings of some program components. It is a legitimate file used by Windows operating system and other programs and is in a text form filled with properties and values. It stands for “initialization” and other common file types of such extensions are .cfg, .conf, and .txt.

Name Uninstall.ini
Type System/program file or malware
Dangers Can inject malware into the system which can steal information, spread itself through the network onto the other PCs or via the social networks, 
Distribution Malicious sites, spam emails, etc.
Elimination Safest diagnostical method is FortectIntego

Even though the uninstall.ini file is legitimate and used by reliable software to uninstall programs correctly, it may be malware-in-disguise, just like .pdf, .txt, .doc, and other files can be. Trojan horses are the most common type of infection which is concealed inside the legit-looking files. 

The trojan horse that can hide as uninstall.ini can be related to Keyboard Spectator Lite. Initially, it is a genuine application that can be downloaded from the internet, used to record user's keystrokes, and the log of such recordings can only be viewed by computer administrator. 

However, if  Keyboard Spectator Lite is injected via the trojan horse, it becomes a perfect tool to spy on victims. Malware modifies Windows configuration (Windows registry and other settings) so that it gains access to admin rights. This way, all the recorded data is sent out to cybercriminals, who can use it for money theft or identity fraud.

Likewise, the uninstall.ini virus might carry around other parasites that enable various functionality. The primary goal of hackers is to obtain victims money or, as already mentioned, steal their identity (ironically, it is done for monetary gain as well). Some of the malware that can be infected via uninstall.ini includes:

  • Keylogger
  • Spyware
  • Ransomware
  • Adware, etc.

None of these malicious apps are desired on your machine and should be avoided at any costs. That is another good reason to scan your device regularly using security software, such as FortectIntego. Nevertheless, you can also use any other legitimate anti-malware tool which would help you remove uninstall.ini malware.

Some of the infections can be noticed straight away – such as ransomware. In such case, the user is immediately informed about the virus via the ransom note or changed desktop wallpaper. Finally, users can notice that their personal files become locked and unusable.

However, trojan horses can sit on the system silently and show no signs at all. Meanwhile, every keystroke you make will be sent to cybercriminals.

The bottom line is, that on its own uninstall.ini is not a dangerous file which can be used by Windows OS, as well as many other legitimate programs. Nevertheless, malware can be hidden inside these files, and they can also be sent to you via a phishing email. If you are not entirely sure if the file is malicious, make sure you scan it with the anti-virus tool.

Cyber threats may be hard to avoid, but it is not impossible

Trojan horses and similar malware is usually injected via deceptive files that are executables, or other formats. That is why, if you receive an email from an unknown source, make sure it is not a phishing one, which is trying to inject malware into your computer. You need to learn to recognize suspicious emails and always be wary that the attachment might be malicious.

Additionally, hyperlinks that can be disguised as legitimate buttons or text can lead to malware installation. Therefore, always put your mouse cursor over it and check where the hyperlink will actually bring you. It goes without saying that you should not click on these.

Furthermore, malware can spread thanks to malicious websites, such as file-sharing, cracked software, drivers, codecs and similar sites. There are many crooks around that try to pretend that the file is legitimate, merely to inject your machine with malware and obtain money in exchange. Thus, do not visit suspicious sites. What is more, pirated software or media is illegal, and can land you in jail.

Another critical step is to update your software on time, as hackers can use its vulnerabilities to enter your machine. This includes an operating system, as well as general software installed on the computer.

Uninstall.ini elimination is often needed 

If this file is legitimate and safe, you do not need to delete it, because it does not harm your system. However, scanning your system with anti-malware tools might show that elimination is required. In this case, remove uninstall.ini as soon as possible. If the malware does not let you launch security application successfully, you should enter Safe Mode with Networking.

Programs like FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes can help to determine if uninstall.ini removal is required. On that note, do not attempt to get rid of a trojan horse manually – it will result in a failure, as well as might lead to permanent system file damage. Thus, let the professional software take care of everything automatically.

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