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Removal instructions for the Strongix.exe malware

Also Known As: Strongix.exe virus
Type: Trojan
Damage level: Severe

What is Strongix.exe?

Strongix.exe is a piece of malicious software, which our research team discovered while looking through fake "cracked" software download sites. This malware operates by force-opening various untrustworthy and malicious websites. It is not unlikely that Strongix.exe has additional harmful abilities as well.

Strongix.exe malware installation folder

Strongix.exe malware overview

Software like Strongix.exe usually force-opens questionable (e.g., pornography, adult-dating, gambling, etc.) and deceptive (e.g., fake virus and outdated software warnings, bogus lotteries and giveaways, phishing, etc.) websites. It can also cause redirects to sites that promote adware, browser hijackers, fake anti-viruses, PUAs, and even malware (e.g., trojans, ransomwarecryptominers, etc.).

As mentioned in the introduction, Strongix.exe may have additional functionalities. In many cases, malware has varied abilities in different combinations. Furthermore, some malware developers continuously update their creations.

The most popular malicious software functions include: data tracking and extraction, file exfiltration, additional malware download/installation, spying (e.g., recording keystrokes [keylogging], audio/video via microphones and cameras, etc.), encrypting data and/or locking the device's screen to make ransom demands, abusing system resources to mine cryptocurrency, replacing clipboard (copy-paste buffer) data, and so on.

It is noteworthy that the installer carrying Strongix.exe which we inspected - also contained other harmful software. Hence, victims of Strongix.exe may also experience undesirable/scam advertisements (adware), redirects to fake search engines (browser hijackers), or other unauthorized activity.

In summary, software like Strongix.exe may cause system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even lead to identity theft. If you suspect that your system is already infected with Strongix.exe, we highly recommend using an anti-virus to remove it immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Strongix.exe virus
Threat Type Malware, Unwanted redirects, Unwanted ads, Pop-up Virus
Detection Names (installer) Avast (Win32:Trojan-gen), Combo Cleaner (Gen:Variant.Jaik.49613), ESET-NOD32 (Multiple Detections), Kaspersky (Trojan.Win32.Fsysna.ieps), Microsoft (Trojan:Win32/Sabsik.TE.B!ml), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Detection Names (Strongix.exe) Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), Combo Cleaner (Trojan.GenericKD.49027000), ESET-NOD32 ( A Variant Of Win32/Kryptik.HPPH), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan-Spy.Win32.Stealer.gen), Microsoft (Ransom:Win32/StopCrypt!ml), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Rogue Process Name strongix.exe
Symptoms Unprompted redirects to suspicious and potentially malicious sites.
Distribution Methods 'Cracked' software installers, infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering.
Damage Decreased computer performance, browser tracking - privacy issues, possible additional malware infections.
Malware Removal (Windows)

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Similar malware examples

We have analyzed thousands of malicious programs. Words and Dllhost.exe malware are a couple we found recently, which operate nearly identically to Strongix.exe.

It must be emphasized that regardless of how malware operates, its presence on a system endangers device integrity and user privacy. Therefore, all threats must be eliminated without delay.

How did Strongix.exe install on my computer?

We downloaded Strongix.exe installation setup from a website offering fake "cracked" software downloads. However, it is likely that this malicious program is proliferated using other methods as well.

The most common malware proliferation techniques include: drive-by (stealthy and deceptive) downloads, malicious attachments and links in spam emails and messages, online scams, dubious download channels (e.g., unofficial and freeware sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.), illegal program activation ("cracking") tools, fake updates, and malvertising.

Malicious files can be in various formats, e.g., PDF and Microsoft Office documents, archives (ZIP, RAR, etc.), executables (.exe, .run, etc.), JavaScript, and so on. Once such a file is opened - the infection chain is triggered.

How to avoid installation of malware?

We strongly advise downloading only from official and verified sources. Additionally, all programs must be activated and updated with tools provided by genuine developers - since those acquired from third-parties may contain malware.

We advise against opening the attachments and links found in suspicious/irrelevant emails and messages, as that can result in a system infection.

It is crucial to have a reputable anti-virus installed and kept up-to-date. This software must be used to run regular system scans and to remove detected threats and issues. If your computer is already infected with Strongix.exe, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate this malware.

Screenshot of Strongix.exe malware's process on Windows Task Manager ("strongix.exe" - process name):

Strongix.exe malware process on Task Manager (strongix.exe - process name)

Screenshot of the fake "cracked" software download website used to promote Strongix.exe malware:

Fake cracked software download website promoting Strongix.exe malware

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Quick menu:

Strongix.exe malware removal:

Windows 11 users:

Accessing Apps and Features in Windows 11

Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.

Windows 10 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

macOS (OSX) users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

malicious application uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious applications, and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted applications, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Strongix.exe did not install any browser plug-ins on Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing unwanted ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing unwanted ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the strongix.exe virus, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing unwanted ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing unwanted ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with strongix.exe virus removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the strongix.exe virus, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

My computer is infected with Strongix.exe malware, should I format my storage device to get rid of it?

No, Strongix.exe removal does not necessitate formatting.

What are the biggest issues that Strongix.exe malware can cause?

What dangers a malicious program poses depends on its functionalities and the cyber criminals' aims. Strongix.exe is designed to force-open dubious and malicious websites. In general, malware infections can lead to serious privacy issues, financial losses, and even identity theft.

What is the purpose of Strongix.exe malware?

Cyber criminals usually employ malware to generate profit. However, malicious software can also be used for amusement or to disrupt specific processes (e.g., websites, services, companies, institutions, etc.). Reasons behind malware attacks can be personal grudges and politically/geopolitically motivations as well.

How did Strongix.exe malware infiltrate my computer?

Malware is primarily proliferated through drive-by downloads, online scams, spam mail, dubious download channels (e.g., unofficial and freeware websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, etc.), illegal program activation ("cracking") tools, and fake updates. Furthermore, some malicious programs can self-spread via local networks and removable storage devices (e.g., external hard drives, USB flash drives, etc.).

Will Combo Cleaner protect me from malware?

Yes, Combo Cleaner is capable of detecting and eliminating most of the known malware infections. It has to be stressed that high-end malicious software typically hides deep within systems - therefore, performing a full system scan is paramount.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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