The CompatTelRunner.exe malware is a dangerous virus which imitates the legitimate Windows process which is otherwise as Windows Compatibility Telemetry. This is a Windows service which is an essential part of the operating system. It is used to send performance and usage data to Microsoft when a network connection is available.
Many viruses can pose as this process and lead to various malware actions including the following:
- Data Theft — The virus can be used in order to steal files from the compromised computers.
- Malware Delivery — The infections can be used in order to deploy other threats to the affected machines: miners, Trojans and etc.
- System Changes — Many viruses can be used in order to modify the operating system. This can affect both the settings in general and certain user preferences. The consequences can include data loss and unexpected errors.
- Botnet Recruitment — The victim systems can be recruited to a worldwide network of hosts that can be used by the criminals to carry out complex DDOS attacks.
Depending on the local conditions and hacker configuration various other modules can be loaded. Whenever an infection has been made we suggest that the victims remove it as fast as possible in order to protect themselves from extended damage.
|Short Description||Poses as the legitimate Windows process.|
|Symptoms||The CompatTelRunner.exe process will be running in the background and will execute various malware actions..|
|Distribution Method||Via malicious websites, malicious e-mails as well as other methods of replication.|
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CompatTelRunner.exe Malware – Infection
In order to infect computers, the CompatTelRunner.exe does not target any computer in particular, but rather spreads via massive distribution tools, like spam bots that send web links online on forums or chats or files uploaded for free download online. Such files are often:
- Fake setups of a program you may be looking for.
- Key generators.
- Software license activators.
In addition to simply being uploaded passively online, the CompatTelRunner.exe may also contain various different types of files or infection scripts on URLs that can be spread via malicious spam e-mails that may be sent to you via spam bots, configured to make the spam e-mails appear very realistic and trustworthy.
CompatTelRunner.exe Malware – More Information
As soon as the CompatTelRunner.exe malware has infected your computer, the virus may connect to a remote host and download it’s malicious payload. The payload may consist of more than one file and the files may be of the following file types:
→ .exe, .dll, .tmp, .bat, .vbs, .wsf, .js
As soon as the malicious files of CompatTelRunner.exe have been downloaded, the virus may set a registry entry in the Run and RunOnce sub-keys of Windows which may result in the malware running automatically on Windows boot. The sub-keys have the following locations:
Remove CompatTelRunner.exe from Your Computer
In order to make sure that the CompatTelRunner.exe is completely gone from your computer system, it is strongly advisable that you follow the removal instructions, which we have prepared for CompatTelRunner.exe down below. They are divided in manual removal instructions and automatic removal ones. If you lack experience in removing malware, like the CompatTelRunner.exe, which creates a lot of objects on your PC, experts recommend removing this malware, by using a specific malware removal software. Such will not only remove the CompatTelRunner.exe completely and automatically, but will also make sure that your GPU is safe from intrusive mining injectors in the future as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove CompatTelRunner.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of CompatTelRunner.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove CompatTelRunner.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase CompatTelRunner.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall CompatTelRunner.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove CompatTelRunner.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate CompatTelRunner.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove CompatTelRunner.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove CompatTelRunner.exe
Step 2: Uninstall CompatTelRunner.exe and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by CompatTelRunner.exe on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by CompatTelRunner.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of CompatTelRunner.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall CompatTelRunner.exe and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove CompatTelRunner.exe via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove CompatTelRunner.exe from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase CompatTelRunner.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall CompatTelRunner.exe from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove CompatTelRunner.exe from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the CompatTelRunner.exe will be removed.
Eliminate CompatTelRunner.exe from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.