Wscript.exe Malware



Wscript.exe is a legit Microsoft Windows file, that sometimes can be targeted by a malware. Antivirus programs, such as Bitdefender, detects Wscript.exe as a virus.

There are thousands of online threats on the Internet and you never know when you may bump into some nasty malware while browsing. Different viruses, worms, ransomware, spyware, and other similar infections are only waiting for one wrong click from your side to infect your computer, but there is one category of computer threats known as Trojan Horses, which is widely regarded as one of the most threatening families of malware out there. These infections are very stealthy and extremely difficult to detect and remove and that’s why they are usually the malware of choice for many cyber criminals. On this page, we will discuss one of the latest representatives of this nasty category, which is called Wscript.exe.

The Wscript.exe Malware

Dealing with a Trojan Horse like this one can be a very challenging task because you may not even know that you have been infected until you face the negative consequences of its secret attack. This is because, as a typical Trojan, the Wscript.exe Virus normally doesn’t show any visible symptoms during the time it remains in the system. There are usually no symptoms at the moment of the contamination either, so, if you don’t have reliable security software which can detect the malware that is trying to nest in the background of your OS, it may take you weeks or even months to realize that your machine has been compromised.

If you are reading this post, however, the chances are that you already know about the Wscript.exe Virus or that you at the very least suspect that it might be hiding somewhere in your computer. That’s why, in the next lines, we have prepared a detailed removal guide with instructions on how to detect and remove the nasty Trojan, as well as a professional removal tool for full system scans and automatic removal assistance.

The first thing we advise you to do is to run a system check with the suggested professional tool or with another security program that you trust. This is also one of the best ways to deal with stealthy infections like Wscript.exe Malware quickly and effectively because, in most of the cases, the files associated with the malware mimic regular system files and users with limited computer experience may fail to correctly detect them or even worse – they may delete something else by mistake.  A trusted security tool, once installed, remains running in the background and scans both the files created by the user and all the information passing through their PC when they are connected to the Internet. In this way, if there is a suspicious file, the antivirus blocks it and, thus, prevents any malware from gaining access to your computer or messing with it.

If the virus scan does not show anything suspicious but you notice that the computer behaves abnormally and frequently gets slowdowns, crashes, system errors and other unusual activities, then it may be necessary to use a manual removal guide because, sometimes, threats like Wscript.exe Malware may try to block the security software present in the computer in order to make themselves less likely to get detected and removed. They may also corrupt system files, replace or modify different system components and commands, create security holes, provide remote access, insert other viruses and more. That’s why we highly recommend that you take immediate actions to detect and remove the infection before any fatal damage occurs.


Name Wscript.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Trojans normally hide their symptoms and this makes them even harder to detect without professional security tool.
Distribution Method  Software bundles with infected installers, torrents, fake ads, malicious email attachments, illegal websites, spam.
Detection Tool

Remove Wscript.exe 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

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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).

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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. 

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    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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    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.

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    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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