How to remove the monhost virus

Most antivirus programs identify monhost.exe as malware—for example McAfee identifies it as Artemis!55F5CA76A5B4 or Artemis!1319C2BB7980, and F-Secure identifies it as Gen:Variant.Razy.84351 or Gen:Variant.Razy.101430.

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Monhost.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with monhost
Monhost.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Network monitor system service or Application checker monitor system host appears to belong to software Epam application system tools or VDI Shared Product Update Tools by Vested Development or epam or VDI.

Description: Monhost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Monhost.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder—e.g. C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\VDI\Shared\Product Updater\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 636,928 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 509,440 bytes or 596,480 bytes. 
The program is not visible. Monhost.exe is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). Monhost.exe is able to connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous.

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If monhost.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 506,880 bytes. The program is not visible. Monhost.exe is not a Windows system file.

Important: You should check the monhost.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.


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Best practices for resolving monhost issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active monhost process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the monhost.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

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