The COM Surrogate is the name of a legitimate Windows 10 process that is often imitated by iruses and this is why it should be checked before you decide to trust it. Users could locate this process in Windows Task Manager. Having COM Surrogate running in the background does not necessarily mean that your computer has been infected, but usually, some viruses use fake COM Surrogate names as a way to hide themselves from antivirus software. If you see COM Surrogate running on your computer, read this article to learn how to remove it if a virus.
|Name||COM Surrogate virus|
|Type||Windows Process or a Virus|
|Short Description||The COM Surrogate (also known as dllhost.exe) may be legitimate Windows proces sor a virus.|
|Symptoms||One or more COM Surrogate processes running actively In your task manager.|
|Distribution Method||If a virus, could be spread via malicious web links or files that pretend to be legitimate.|
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COM Surrogate – How Did I Get It and What Does It Do?
COM Surrogate can be easily recognised in Windows task manager:
One way to check if COM Surrogate is not a virus is to see it’s properties by right-clicking on the process:
Then, you should see a tab, called Details. In this tab, you can check if the file is digitally signed by Microsoft. Below, you can see how a legitimate COM Surrogate file should look like:
But be aware, because this check is not 100% guarantee that your computer is safe from COM Surrogate. Some viruses, like Trojans, Spyware, Infostealers, RATs and other malware could inject malicious code into COM Surrogate and make it seem like a completely legitimate file. If you notice unusual behaviour on your computer, heightened network activity and tens of COM Surrogate processes running, you should check your computer for malware.
If malware, COM Surrogate – related viruses may have infected your computer as a result of the following methods:
- Via a malicious link opened on your browser.
- Via a file, downloaded and ran on your computer.
Once infected your PC, depending on the virus type it is, a virus using COM Surrogate to hide can perform a range of activities in it, like:
- Logging your keystrokes.
- Display ads.
- Collect passwords you have saved.
- Log the keystrokes you type.
- Obtain data from your network activity.
- Take screenshots.
- Tap into your camera or microphone.
Either way, if you notice any unusual activity, we do recommend that you check your computer for malware by using the instructions below.
Removal Instructions for COM Surrogate Viruses
To remove a virus using COM Surrogate by yourself, you can try steps 1 and 2 from the instructions below. Be advised however, that the most effective way to know if your computer has been compromised by COM Surrogate is to run a scan of It, by using a professional anti-malware software. Such program will scan your computer for all forms of Spyware and other malware and remove them effectively without damaging Windows.
- Guide 1: How to Remove COM Surrogate virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of COM Surrogate virus on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove COM Surrogate virus in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase COM Surrogate virus from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall COM Surrogate virus from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove COM Surrogate virus from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate COM Surrogate virus from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable COM Surrogate virus Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove COM Surrogate virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove COM Surrogate virus
Step 2: Uninstall COM Surrogate virus 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 COM Surrogate virus 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 COM Surrogate virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of COM Surrogate virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall COM Surrogate virus 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 COM Surrogate virus 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 COM Surrogate virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as COM Surrogate virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove COM Surrogate virus 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 COM Surrogate virus 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 COM Surrogate virus 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 COM Surrogate virus 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 COM Surrogate virus will be removed.
Eliminate COM Surrogate virus 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by COM Surrogate virus from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".