Remove Cat.exe Virus

Cat.exe just keeps coming back and you cannot remove it?

Do you feel intimidated by a program named Cat.exe? Unfortunately, you should. This thing is nothing but the nth secretive Trojan horse. It is much more dangerous, problematic and aggressive than it seems to be. Hence, as soon as you encounter its presence on board, you have to take action. The Cat.exe parasite could cause you serious damage if you hesitate. Trojan horses are considered to be among the most harmful types of infections out there. Their malicious glory is well-deserved so don’t expect Cat.exe not to put you in danger. The virus jeopardizes both your safety and privacy. Furthermore, it does so completely behind your back. You see, Trojans work in silence. That is exactly what makes them unpredictable and incredibly dangerous. Cat.exe messes with your default PC settings without bothering to seek your consent. The people who stand behind this program are hackers and you can’t expect them to take care of your online experience. Instead of asking for permission, the parasite changes your system registry. That means some important system files will be modified and others will be damaged. Eventually, don’t be surprised when you notice your programs don’t run. Thank the Trojan for that. The tricks up Cat.exe’s sleeve are just getting started, though. This nuisance might also alter your browser settings. If the Trojan gets to your browsers, you can wave your online activities goodbye. For one thing, you’ll get redirected to unknown websites. The virus may install extensions and additional toolbars. Once again, your authorization remains out of the picture. By altering your browser settings, crooks generate web traffic. That is why you come across irritating (and, not to mention, worthless) pop-ups. Cat.exe could take over all your preferred browsers and inject them with ads. Keep in mind that this is yet another way for hackers to gain profit online. The commercials, pop-ups and other web links are sponsored. In other words, they are unsafe. Remember, you have a sneaky cyber infection on your device. Clicking anything displayed by the virus could automatically worsen your situation. Are you really willing to risk it? Don’t. You could click a corrupted pop-up and download more parasites. Long story short, you should never allow a virus to wreak havoc. The sooner you delete Cat.exe, the better.

Remove Cat.exe

How did I get infected with?

The most commonly used malware infiltration method is also the oldest one. Yes, we’re talking about spam messages and emails. As you probably know, this is a particularly easy way to spread infections on the Web. Hackers rely on your distraction and curiosity. There are plenty of people who click corrupted emails open. This is how they end up compromising their own machines. In order not to be one of them, be careful in advance. Restrain yourself from opening random email-attachments or messages, especially if you don’t know the sender. Note that you only need one single click to install parasites. Don’t underestimate hackers’ creativity and be cautious. Another popular technique involves freeware and shareware bundles. Do you often download bundled programs off of the Internet? Then you should definitely check out the programs thoroughly beforehand. There might be an infection hidden among the harmless software in the bundle. However, there might be a whole bunch of dangerous parasites such as hijackers, Trojans, even ransomware. Take your time during the installation and make sure you deselect any unwanted “bonus”. You won’t regret it. On the other hand, you may regret rushing the installation so pay attention.

Why is this dangerous?

Now that Cat.exe is on board, you’re being exposed to threats on a daily basis. The virus is stubbornly making changes in your default computer settings. It might even lead to data loss. As mentioned already, the Trojan is sneaky so you might not even notice that it’s on board. If your PC speed becomes slowed down all of a sudden, that could be a sign of a parasite. Trojans take up a lot of CPU memory so the computer underperforms. Your machine also starts crashing and/or freezing and your Internet connection becomes unstable as well. Cat.exe is also able to modify your browsers and bring along sponsored, dangerous pop-up ads. In addition, it monitors your browsing-related information behind your back. That includes your browsing history, usernames/passwords and many more private details. The parasite may get to your bank account data too. As if that wasn’t enough, hackers could gain remote control over your very own computer. To prevent irreversible harm, you have to tackle this pest now. Please follow our detailed manual removal guide down below.

Manual Cat.exe Removal Instructions

STEP 1: Windows 8 Removal

STEP 2: Windows 7/XP/Vista Removal

STEP 1: Start Your Computer into Safe Mode with Networking in Windows 8

  • Make sure you do not have any floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs inserted in your computer
  • Move the mouse to the upper right corner until the windows 8 charm menu appears
  • Click on the magnifying glass


  • select Settings
  • in the search box type Advanced
  • On the left the following should appear


  • Click on Advanced Startup Options
  • Scroll down a little bit and click on Restart Now


  • Click on Troubleshoot


  • Then Advanced options


  • Then Startup settings


  • Then Restart


  • When you see this screen press F5 – Enable Safe Mode with Networking



STEP 2: Start Your Computer into Safe Mode with Networking in Windows 7/XP/Vista

  • Make sure you do not have any floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs inserted in your computer
  • Restart the computer
  • When you see a table, start tapping the F8 key every second until you enter the Advanced Boot Options

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  • in the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode with Networking , and then press ENTER.


STEP 3: Locate the startup location

  • Once the operating system loads press simultaneously the Windows Logo Button and the R key.


  • A dialog box should open. Type “Regedit”


Depending on your OS (x86 or x64) navigate to:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or

  • and delete the display Name: backgroundcontainer

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  • Then open your explorer and navigate to:


where %LocalAppData% refers to:

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  • delete the whole folder

Double check with any antimalware program for any leftovers. Keep your software up-to date.

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