How to remove the msstp virus

Most antivirus programs identify msstp.vbe as malware—e.g. BitDefender identifies it as Trojan.VBS.Agent.IS or Application.BitcoinMiner.EA, and F-Secure identifies it as Trojan.VBS.Agent.IS or Application.BitcoinMiner.EA.

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Msstp.vbe file information

The msstp.vbe process does not give any clues as to the producer or the name of the associated software; instead, only the following file properties can be determined.

Description: Msstp.vbe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file msstp.vbe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows (normally C:\Windows\inf\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 1,584 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The msstp.vbe file is not a Windows core file. msstp.vbe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous.

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If msstp.vbe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 1,419 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is a file with no information about its developer. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. msstp.vbe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: You should check the msstp.vbe 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 msstp issues

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