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MiniLiteSvc.exe, PUP.Optional.MiniLite.A Removal Manual

TypeExecutable File, PUP
Short DescriptionThe .exe file may be associated with a range of browser hijackers, adware apps, and PUPs.
SymptomsSymptoms may vary on each system. Refer to the article for more information.
Distribution MethodVia freeware packages (bundling), unsafe browsing, etc.
Detection toolDownload SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By MiniLiteSvc.exe

According to security research, MiniLiteSvc.exe is a process most likely related to browser hijackers and potentially unwanted applications. If your homepage has been changed without your permission, you should be aware that your system has been compromised. Another indication that something has sneaked into your system is if you notice the MiniLiteSvc.exe in your TaskManager.


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MiniLiteSvc.exe Technical Details

MiniLite may be associated with:

  • PUP.Optional.MiniLite.A
  • ProtectService.exe

However, the application may have been downloaded in a bundled package. This means that the list of associative files and processes may be quite longer. A version of the MiniLite executable is MiniLite_v6.6.2.2771.exe.

MiniLite_v6.6.2.2771.exe has been scanned on VirusTotal. According to the scan, 7 out of 57 anti-virus programs detect the file. Here is a list of the AV solutions that have succeeded in identifying the file:

  • Comodo detected it as Application.Win32.SearchProtect.~WT
  • GData detected it asWin32.Application.SearchProtect.AA@gen
  • Malwarebytes detected it as PUP.Optional.MiniLite.A
  • McAfee Buy detected it as Artemis!D0A4FD099B7E
  • McAfee-GW-Edition detected it as Artemis
  • Microsoft recognized it as a BrowserModifier:Win32/SupTab
  • Panda detected it as Trj/Genetic.gen

The Artemis detection may be an indication of a more severe intrusion. Artemis is a malware family best known for its Trojans. We have already written about one of them – Artemis!A2E72D787C25

Another Artemis association is the Aartemis browser redirect and suspicious search engine.

The SearchProtect detection is also troublesome since other suspicious executables may be residing in the background of the system.

The purpose of MiniLiteSvc.exe may be to prevent the detection of the browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs installed on the system. Browser hijackers alter the browser’s default settings and change the search page, error page and new tab page to their preferences.

Moreover, MiniLiteSvc.exe and similar executable files may be responsible for the intrusion of ad-supported software. If you have adware located on your computer, you may experience any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Display of ad-sponsored content – banners, pop-ups.
  • Collection of private data – PII or/ and non-PII.
  • Browser misbehavior such as occasional slow-downs and crashes.
  • Random texts on visited pages may be turned into hyperlinks.
  • Browser redirects to unsafe pages.

MiniLiteSvc.exe Removal Options

If you have experienced any of the symptoms described in this article, you should proceed towards identifying and removing all threats. Multiple adware applications and browser hijackers may be running in the background and draining the power of your PC. Feel free to refer to the removal manual we have provided below the text. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment section.

1. Remove/Uninstall MiniLiteSvc.exe in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall MiniLiteSvc.exe.

    2. Remove MiniLiteSvc.exe from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window


    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu


    Select MiniLiteSvc.exe and click “Remove


    After MiniLiteSvc.exe is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu


  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate MiniLiteSvc.exe and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After MiniLiteSvc.exe is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select MiniLiteSvc.exe to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.


    After MiniLiteSvc.exe has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on MiniLiteSvc.exe
    Click ‘Uninstall’


    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall MiniLiteSvc.exe. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the MiniLiteSvc.exe will be removed.

    In order to remove any associated objects that are left after uninstall and detect any other threats, you should:

    3. Start Your PC in Safe Mode to Remove MiniLiteSvc.exe.

    For Windows XP, Vista, 7 systems:

    1. Remove all CDs and DVDs, and then Restart your PC from the “Start” menu.
    2. Select one of the two options provided below:

    For PCs with a single operating system: Press “F8” repeatedly after the first boot screen shows up during the restart of your computer. In case the Windows logo appears on the screen, you have to repeat the same task again.

    For PCs with multiple operating systems: Тhe arrow keys will help you select the operating system you prefer to start in Safe Mode. Press “F8” just as described for a single operating system.

    3. As the “Advanced Boot Options” screen appears, select the Safe Mode option you want using the arrow keys. As you make your selection, press “Enter“.
    4. Log on to your computer using your administrator account

    While your computer is in Safe Mode, the words “Safe Mode” will appear in all four corners of your screen.

    For Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems:
    Step 1: Open the Start Menu
    Windows-10-0 (1)
    Step 2: Whilst holding down Shift button, click on Power and then click on Restart.
    Step 3: After reboot, the aftermentioned menu will appear. From there you should choose Troubleshoot.
    Step 4: You will see the Troubleshoot menu. From this menu you can choose Advanced Options.
    Windows-10-2 (1)
    Step 5: After the Advanced Options menu appears, click on Startup Settings.
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    Step 6: Click on Restart.
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    Step 7: A menu will appear upon reboot. You should choose Safe Mode by pressing its corresponding number and the machine will restart.

    4. Remove MiniLiteSvc.exe automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.

    To clean your computer you must download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all MiniLiteSvc.exe associated objects.

    Milena Dimitrova

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum since the beginning. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles! Follow Milena @Milenyim

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