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Remove Wacatac Trojan (July 2019 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove the Wacatac Virus. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

What is the Wacatac Virus

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A VirusTotal report show that multiple anti virus programs detect the Wacatac virus

Trojan viruses like the nefarious Wacatac infection are and have always been a major problem for the owners of PCs and have recently become a serious threat to Mac users as well. In general, a Trojan Horse is a dangerous piece of code intended to silently infiltrate the system of the targeted computer and then carry out some kind of malicious criminal activity inside the attacked machine. So far, there seems to be nothing unique about the way a Trojan Horse operates – most forms of malware do the same thing. However, there are several key aspects associated with Trojans that make them some of the worst malware programs you may encounter. One of those aspects is the way Trojans are used. After an infection of this category has entered the machine, it may not limit itself to a single task like a Ransomware cryptovirus or a Spyware program. Instead, a Trojan may try to do couple of things that target and damage different parts of your system. This is why when a Trojan attacks, you may start to get BSOD crashes in your computer, the data in the system may get replaced, modified, corrupted, deleted and more, some essential system elements like the Registry keys may face unauthorized alterations as well. It’s even possible that the Trojan loads more malicious programs in the computer – these viruses oftentimes double as backdoors for Ransomware, Rootkits and other insidious infections. Also, in many cases, the Trojan may not really damage anything in the machine – it may instead stay silent and simple gather sensitive information by spying on your activities online and offline or it may use your machine’s RAM, CPU and GPU for tasks such as mining of BitCoin and distribution of spam. The problem is, you cannot really be sure which one of these malicious activities may be the ones that the Trojan is being used for.

Wacatac

The malicious program known as Wacatac is one very dangerous Trojan and it definitely is something you don’t want anywhere near your system. In many cases, if Wacatac infects a given computer, the computer’s user may not even know that there is a malware piece in the machine for weeks and maybe even months, thus allowing the infection to complete all of its insidious tasks. Since you are here, however, it is likely that you are one of the lucky users who have spotted some sketchy activity in their machines and have realized that they have an Wacatac infection on their hands. If that’s the case with your machine, the advice that we can give you is to use the guide that we will offer you down below. It’s manual steps should be enough for you to chase away the infection. However, if this doesn’t work or if you simply prefer a quicker solution that requires less manual tinkering, you can always use the suggested removal tool as it is yet another effective solution against this sort of infections.

SUMMARY:

Name Wacatac
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  A Trojan may stay hidden and show no symptoms but it may also trigger sudden crashes, system failure, unauthorized software modifications, errors and more.
Distribution Method Some of the favorite tools of malware distribution used by hackers are pirated games and programs, spam letters and clickbait ads inside illegal and/or adult sites.
Detection Tool

Wacatac Virus Removal

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


Step1

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).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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

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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. 

Step3

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

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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:

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Step4

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

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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:

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

Step5

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!


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