|Type||Non-essential Windows Process, .exe|
|Short Description||WinRAR.exe is not a malicious process but it can be exploited by malware and viruses.|
|Symptoms||All portable EXE and SCR files on local and shared network drives can be infected.|
|Distribution Method||Pirated software, infected pages, social engineering, etc.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Win32/Parite|
In some cases, executable files can be dangerous to the system. Security research indicates that the WinRAR.exe has been infected by malware. Analysis by HerdProtect shows that 45 out of 68 AV solutions detect a virus in the process. Therefore, users that have WinRAR.exe running in the TaskManager may want to take actions to determine whether their systems are compromised or not.
WinRAR.exe File Description and Location
WinRAR.exe belongs to the well-known file archiver and compressor utility for Windows. The program is used widely and is often preferred over other archivers on the market. However, latest security analysis reveals that malware exploits the primary executable of the program.
File.net specifies that the executable is not essential to the Windows operating system and can cause problems. The .exe is typically located in a subfolder of C:\Program Files. The file may have different variants in size. Some experts believe that if the file is located in C:\Windows\System32 folder, it may be quite dangerous. The risk level for this location is above 90%. Furthermore, in the context of malware, WinRAR.exe can hide and monitor applications.
If WinRAR.exe is situated in the Windows Temp folder, its risk level is estimated at 74%. If WinRAR.exe is discovered in a subfolder of the user’s profile folder, the danger rate is above 60%.
Malware can mask itself as WinRAR.exe, especially when located in C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Various types of threats can be exploiting the process.
Moreover, as written in the beginning, recent AV research reveals that WinRAR.exe is infected by a virus known as Win32/Parite. Actually, it is a family of polymorphic file infectors that target computers running Microsoft Windows. As explained by Microsoft Malware Protection Center, The virus attacks .exe and .scr files on the local file system and writeable network shares. Then, the infected executable files perform operations that cause other .exe and .scr files to become infected.
Here is a list of variable detection names:
- ESET NOD32 – Win32/Parite.B virus
- F-Secure – Win32.Parite.B
- Kaspersky – Virus.Win32.Parite
- McAfee – Virus.W32/Pate.b
- Trend Micro – PE_PARITE.A
- SophosVirus – ‘W32/Parite-B’
WinRAR.exe Removal Options
The high exploitation rate of the process requires a full system scan. To determine if it is infected by a type of malware or virus, seek professional assistance.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Win32/Parite from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Win32/Parite from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Win32/Parite from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Win32/Parite from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Win32/Parite from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Win32/Parite from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Win32/Parite from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Win32/Parite from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Win32/Parite
Step 2: Uninstall Win32/Parite 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 Win32/Parite 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 Win32/Parite there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Win32/Parite from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Win32/Parite 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 Win32/Parite 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 Win32/Parite 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 Win32/Parite 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 Win32/Parite 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 Win32/Parite 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 Win32/Parite will be removed.
Eliminate Win32/Parite 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.