“0 byte (s)” infected programs: How to end it?

Infected programs 0 bytes

If you are in front of your screen reading this article, you are probably a victim of this virus. The latter turns some, if not all of your relatively important programs into junk files, now with a zero size of 0 byte. You simply have infected programs.

Let's see in this article where this problem comes from and how to solve it very simply.

0 KB Exe Files: Origin of the Virus

The USB flash drives : uh yes, that's the source of your problem. Be careful what you connect on your computer, some USB drives may contain files that can cause you even more pain than you already have.

Difference between a real and a fake file

Whenever you open a usb drive pay attention to the files and folders it contains. Some items, like in the image above, may appear to be folders while they are not.

You will notice that the “fake folder” has some properties that a folder can never have, such as its type. It is recognized as an application by the system, which is weird since it appears more like a folder.

If you open this item, you will start a dangerous process that will damage executable files on your computer, and rest assured: you will be complaining about infected programs very soon. If you find something like this on your computer, delete it without trying to open it.

Infected programs: Remove virus

Removing this malicious program is not very complicated. In fact, it is housed on the root disk”C " from your computer. Before erasing it, you must first stop the process related to the program in question. To begin with, let's dig into the Windows task manager.

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Press the key Windows on your keyboard. Then, without releasing, press the key. R to call the Windows command executor.

Windows Command ExecutorIn the input box, type “taskmgr” to open the task manager. You will have in front of you the list of applications and processes running on your computer.

Opening the virus locationGo down slowly and look for the process”syswin”, he must surely be in the list. Once found, right click with your mouse and choose “Open file location ”. By doing this, you will go directly to the directory where the virus is located.

Target folder in Windows

The element you see in the image above is indeed the executioner that your infected programs fell victim to. For now, leave the folder you just opened (leave it open) and go back to the task manager to stop the process we're targeting.

Stopping the process related to the infected program

Still in the task manager, go to the process level “syswin”. Right click with your mouse and end the process”End of task”. We have just stopped the malicious process that is damaging your executable files.

There is one thing left to do to end this, it is to delete the file responsible for this process. Go back to the folder we opened and left:

Virus removal

Now right click on the file “syswin” and delete it. That's it, now you can copy executable files to your disks without the risk of them becoming 0 bytes. After this operation, I advise you to then scan all the partitions of your hard drive.

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What about your infected, already damaged programs?

After removing the virus, you are probably wondering if your programs will be able to return to their original sizes. First of all, it would be better to specify that your old programs of zero size (0 bytes) are not harmful to your system, since they are no longer executable.

As for the recovery of infected programs, you can download them again from the internet through different sites or try to recover them by following the methods described in this article.

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