Owowa Malware


In case that you have been infected with Owowa, we have some bad and some good news for you. Owowa is a Trojan Horse, which is among the most hazardous and harmful pieces of malware out there.


The good news is we’ve got your back covered, and the guide below will walk you through the exact steps towards the removal of this infection.

However, we suggest that you first read a few fundamental things about the Trojan Horse viruses in general, before you scroll straight to the removal manual. Below, we have summarized all the most important features that you need to know about the Trojans if you want to effectively deal with such malware, and minimize the risk of future infections.

So, let’s first go over some essentials facts related to these threats. Viruses such as Owowa, Great Discover make up about 70% of all the current malware that could be found online, so clearly they are quite common. The Trojans are used for many different activities, but here we will list some of their most common purposes:  

  • Destruction. Trojans such as Owowa can be used to invade your PC, and corrupt all the information stored on it. Or, they can be programmed to format the disks, causing all your valuable files to be lost forever.
  • Extortion. Trojans often used as tools for the distribution of Ransomware, another form of malware. The latter is used to blackmail the users for a ransom payment – the infection locks its victim’s files, and keeps them sealed until the demanded sum is paid. The Trojan Horse here plays a supporting role, as it acts as a backdoor for the Ransomware, and helps it sneak inside your PC without being detected.
  • Theft. Most Trojans, including Owowa, have the ability to steal any data from your system. You may have stored confidential documents on your computer, or scans of your ID, or passport. You may even have payment credentials saved somewhere, and if a Trojan like this one has already entered your PC, all this information may become a subject of theft.
  • Espionage. Trojans are not only famous for their multi-functionality, but also for their stealth. In many cases, they are almost impossible to detect, so the hackers may program this type of virus to simply stay hidden, and spy on you. The hackers may use your webcam to see you, and your environment at any moment. This can make it possible for burglary to take place. With this malware, the crooks can also keep track of everything you type (passwords, debit and credit card numbers, and other private information).

The uses can be very versatile, and this is definitely not all that can happen if you have been infected with Owowa. But one thing is for sure – you should not wait to see the outcomes of this attack, and take immediate actions to remove the infection from your computer. The fastest way to do that is by using a professional removal tool, or a manual removal guide, like the ones below.


Danger LevelHigh (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Detection Tool

Remove Owowa Malware

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 



    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.



    You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:





    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:



    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

    hosts_opt (1)


    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.



    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.

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