How to remove the msiql virus

Most antivirus programs identify msiql.exe as malware—e.g. Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Gen.2 or Suspicious.Cloud.9, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.R01TC0OAT16 or TROJ_GEN.R01TC0ECA16.

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Msiql.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msiql
Msiql.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: Msiql.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Msiql.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files—mostly C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp\00012413\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,072,064 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 1,883,136 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The process has no file description. Msiql.exe is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). The program has no visible window. Msiql.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 86% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the msiql.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

i am aware it must be dangerous but it cant be traced and cant be deleted

Summary: Average user rating of msiql.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks msiql.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving msiql issues

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