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FileRepMalware. Adware or malware?

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FileRepMalware is a potential threat reported on users' computers by antivirus programs and tools

FileRepMalware detection name
FileRepMalware is the name of a threat that AV engines detect and report to the user. However, it is possible that detection is falsely positive or misused by malicious actors.
FileRepMalware is the cyber threat that can have various functionalities from PUP to trojan. This detection name also is known as Win32:Evo-gen [Susp]. Most commonly Avast and Avg AV engines[1] reporting about the potential danger of the file or website. In most cases, antivirus terminates the threat and reports about the already eliminated intruder. It is associated with suspicious KMSPico installations and similar apps that are supposed to activate programs without the developer's knowledge. But there is a big possibility that this malware gets on the system as a virus itself and proliferates Windows system. Since various commercial content comes to your screen due to this infection, it is believed that FileRepMalware virus is a PUP[2] but other detection names associated with the virus show trojan functionalities and possible danger to your system. You shouldn't ignore those alerts and employ AV to clean the device.

  FileRepMalware
Alternative name Win32:Evo-gen [Susp]
Detection Avast, Avg
Related to KMSPico
Category Adware/ trojan horse
Prevention tips Avoid possible infections of adware or malware by taking control of your downloads (Custom configuration), preventing visits to third-party pages, and installing reputable antimalware on your machine
Main dangers Can be used to infect the system with malware; can steal personal information
Removal Detele FileRepMalware automatically using anti-malware program, repair system with Reimage

The FileRepMalware virus has been considered as a Trojan Horse.[3] It's one of the generic detections, which means that antivirus fails to recognize the exact behavior of the file, but due to suspicious traits, classify it as potentially malicious, and immunize immediately. Besides, the popularity of the file seems to be important as well.[4]

The technical references of the FileRepMalware, which is Win32:Evo-gen [Susp], can be translated as follows – Win32 means that the reported file is a part of Windows system, while the Evo-gen imply a generic classification of trojan-type files.

If your antivirus returned an alert urging to remove FileRepMalware PUP from the system, all certified security specialists[5] would agree that should do so without delay. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) or file has been discovered spreading with a fake KMSPico app. The latter is capable of downloading an adware program to the system. Therefore, the malware may be responsible for opening the back door and executing other malware (adware, browser hijacker) to the system.

FileRepMalware
FileRepMalware is a term used by AV and AVG engines to warn users about the possible danger of the file.

To prevent suspicious activities that malware is capable of doing, you should initiate FileRepMalware removal asap. If your antivirus has already warned you about this threat, terminate it without any doubt. Additionally, fix the damage caused by this malware with the help of Reimage or another reliable security tool. Those who did not deal with malware before should know these facts:

  • Advertising malware can cause real havoc on the system. Adware programs generate an excessive amount of third-party advertisements in such intrusive forms as pop-ups, banners or interstitials.
  • Ads injected by malware can cause redirects to suspicious or even dangerous websites.
  • Malware programs can hijack web browser. In other words, they can take over the start page, search provider, URL address of the new tab, and furthermore displayed compromised search results.
  • The FileRepMalware virus may also use tracking cookies or other small files for tracking people's browsing activities. Usually, tracking cookies gather some pieces or sensitive information, including IP address, email address, geo-location, name, and similar.

Unfortunately, more updated and severe malware can delete files on your system or even add new suspicious data on the device to make sure the main virus is persistent and difficult to remove. When FileRepMalware virus is on the system, repetitive errors appear on the screen, and various programs even get shut down out of nowhere.

You need to focus on removing FileRepMalware because slow computer performance is only the start of frustration and possible damage to your device that this threat can cause. If you store your personal information on the computer, malware can access that and even use in further scams when you receive spam email messages or suspicious calls on the phone.[6]

Make sure to remove FileRepMalware using a reputable anti-malware tool, and we recommend employing other programs than the one that displayed errors to double-check. Also, repair tools like Reimage can improve the performance by cleaning possible virus damage and fixing issues.

Harm that can be brought by trojans

However, if the worst had happened and a Trojan horse entered your Windows computer system by the name of FileRepMalware, you need to be prepared to face unwanted and even damaging consequences. Trojan infections never bring anything positive and sometimes are very hard to detect by the human eye.

If you have ever been infected with a trojan via FileRepMalware, you will supposedly receive increased CPU and GPU work.[7] Also, the malware might relate to software and computer slowdowns, start injecting harmful executables in different locations and run malicious processes in the Windows Task Manager directory.

Be aware if FileRepMalware appears to be a malicious program and not just an ad-supported application. Trojan horses might relate to the collection of personal data and crucial system details. If you discover this dangerous threat, do not hesitate and grab reputable anti-malware software to permanently delete the virus from the machine.

FileRepMalware
FileRepMalware is considered to be adware but malware can also be distributed by the same name

Methods to distribute malware

Typically malware spreads as a part of legitimate free apps. Indeed, illegal or dangerous programs can also transmit potentially malicious files, but needless to say that such programs should never be installed. Few people reported that they were not allowed to install specific software updates due to the AV detection of these malicious files.

To proceed with the installation, they disabled the antivirus temporarily. Please don't do that! Although AV engines can be wrong, the warning about a potentially malicious file should not be ignored as you can end up with malware on your PC. Besides, having an expert-tested antimalware program is always crucial for any type of computer system.

Also, it's essential to check whether an “Advanced” or “Custom” installation option is available. To monetize free services, freeware developers often attach PUPs to the main installer and discloses them under “Quick” or “Basic” installation methods. Therefore, to prevent unwanted programs on the system, be extremely careful when choosing and installing free apps.

To add, we want to say that various potentially malicious and potentially unwanted applications are distributed by using third-party gaming, gambling, and porn sources. Be aware of what type of content you entire throughout the web as questionable-looking websites only increase the risk of the appearance of a malicious program.

Eliminate FileRepMalware virus and fix possible damage

If your antivirus successfully immunized the file, you don't have to bother anymore. If, however, you were informed about a threat by your antivirus or noticed the file on one of the Windows or Windows system folders, get rid of it asap. As long as the behavior of this file hasn't been clarified, we would highly recommend you to perform FileRepMalware removal asap.

It's challenging to remove FileRepMalware manually. This file may come into the system, meddle into Windows system folders and then multiply. Therefore, the best way to get rid of it is to run a scan with an updated anti-malware. Additionally, you should use a professional utility to recover your Registry to its primary state. Note that the virus tends to alter it according to its needs.

Also, you should also check for KMSPico and other potentially unwanted programs on the system that was installed on the system at the same time as FileRepMalware virus. Note that a big variety of software can hide suspicious content into web browser applications, so you should check Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Explorer, and other browsers too.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunterCombo Cleaner, Malwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with Combo Cleaner.

To remove FileRepMalware, follow these steps:

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Eliminate FileRepMalware from Windows systems

If you want to try to remove FileRepMalware manually, remove all potentially unwanted programs from Control Panel. Also, check all Windows and Windows System folder and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run folder in Windows Registry:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall FileRepMalware and related programs
    Here, look for FileRepMalware or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Remove FileRepMalware from Internet Explorer (IE)

If you noticed an excessive amount of advertisements when browsing, remove PUPs and potentially malicious files and then reset your web browser.

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for FileRepMalware and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete FileRepMalware removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Delete FileRepMalware from Microsoft Edge

Cleaning Microsoft Edge is possible if you complete all of the below-given instructing steps correctly:

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, FileRepMalware should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase FileRepMalware from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Discovered something suspicious in Mozilla Firefox? Do not worry, you can remove all unwanted objects from your web browser by performing these below-given steps:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select FileRepMalware and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete FileRepMalware removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall FileRepMalware from Google Chrome

You may need additional checking for threats related to FileRepMalware virus on your Google Chrome browser:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select FileRepMalware and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete FileRepMalware removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate FileRepMalware from Safari

Findin unexpected extensions or plug-ins in your Safari web browser does not signal about anything good. The removal of adware-based objects can be successful by following this guide:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for FileRepMalware or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete FileRepMalware removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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