How to remove the DirectX virus

Most antivirus programs identify DirectX.exe as malware—for instance F-Secure identifies it as Trojan.Generic.14668348, and Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.BitCoinMiner.xza or not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.BitCoinMiner.iaaf.

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DirectX.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DirectX
DirectX.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as DirectX installer appears to belong to software Archive Service by LTD Arhive Service.

Description: DirectX.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The DirectX.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder (in most cases C:\Users\USERNAME\Downloads\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 5,823,216 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 13,179,660 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The DirectX.exe file is not a Windows core file. DirectX.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous; but you should also compare this rating with the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Archive Service, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on Archive Service in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or click on to visit the vendor's website.

Recommended: Identify DirectX.exe related errors

If DirectX.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 515,584 bytes. The program has a visible window. The process has no file description. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). It is not a Windows system file. DirectX.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

If DirectX.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 1,185,271 bytes. The program has no file description. The program has no visible window. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows core file.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: You should check the DirectX.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Entdeckte Packprogramme:
directx.exe is trojan Troj/Crybot-B [sophos]
  Barby   (further information)
directx.exe is a new virus, remains undetected by most of the antiviruses in the market.. It exhausts the idle CPU usage and make the system run slower.
  Don Ajmal  

Summary: Average user rating of DirectX.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks DirectX.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think DirectX.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving DirectX issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active DirectX process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the DirectX.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

DirectX.exe [all]