Wup.exe is a file that contains a malicious Trojan Horse virus that gets released in the system the moment the file is opened. If you have the Wup.exe file on your computer you must immediately delete it without opening it.
Wup.exe is a dangerous Trojan Horse computer virus, and in the lines you are about to read, we will tell you about its characteristics, about the harm it may cause to your computer, and about the things you can do to counteract this malware. If you have a reason to believe that this virus is currently residing in your computer, we urge you to carefully read all of the following information, and then visit the guide below the article, where you can learn what actions you would need to take so as to eliminate Wup.exe, and liberate your computer from its presence.
The Wup virus is a harmful PC infection of the Trojan Horse type that can gain access to important system settings and data by gaining Admin privileges on the computer. The Wup virus could be used for espionage, distribution of other threats, cryptocurrency mining, etc.
The Wup.exe Virus is a newer representative of its respective malware family, and the number of its victims is rapidly increasing as we are writing this article. To successfully fight the Wup.exe Trojan Horse, you will need to have some basic understanding of how it functions. A typical trait of most Trojans is that they are designed in a way that allows them to gain the users’ trust, and obtain Admin privileges inside the infected computer. The way most Trojans achieve this is through disguise. It is common for Trojan Horses to be disguised as the installers of some programs, or computer games. If the user isn’t careful, and downloads such an installer, opening the installer would result in the immediate infection of the computer.
How to remove the Wup.exe virus
To remove the Wup.exe virus, we would advise our readers to use a powerful antivirus or antimalware tool. You could also remove the Wup.exe virus manually, but this hides the risk of data from the Trojan remaining on the computer.
Furthermore, most program installers, and other .exe files, require the permission of the computer’s Admin. If the user gives this permission to the file of a hidden Trojan, the malware would automatically gain the same privileges in the machine as the ones available to the system’s Admin. In many cases, after the infection, the Trojan may even go as far as to restrict the privileges of the Admin user, and prevent them from executing certain tasks. For instance, it is possible that a Trojan prohibits the installation of security software inside the infected machine. Such a virus may also block the functions of any security programs that are already present in the computer. Such actions, however, are usually secondary to the main goal of the virus. And what that main goal actually is depends on what the hackers are trying to achieve.
What is Wup in Task Manager?
Wup in Task Manager is a malicious process that is launched by a harmful Trojan Horse virus of the same name. If you see Wup in the Task Manager, you must check your computer for malware because there’s likely a virus hiding in the system.
If they seek to obtain your banking account numbers, the Trojan may initiate a keylogging service that monitors your keystrokes, and thus allows the hacker to acquire the information they need. Other Trojans are used as backdoor tools for specialized Spyware infections, Ransomware cryptoviruses, and so on. In some cases, a Trojan Horse may even turn your system into an automated bot, and force it to carry out tasks like mining of BitCoin, and distributing spam letters.
There are many other malicious actions that can be carried out by a Trojan, but we can’t list them all here. The important thing you must take away from this post is that threats like Wup.exe, UsualsPCAP and Trojan.generickdz are definitely something you must immediately address if you spot any of them in your computer, and take the necessary actions to remove it.
How to Remove the Wup.exe Virus
If you that the Wup.exe virus has infected your PC and is currently on it, it may be possible to delete the threat by simply removing any app or program that may be related to it. In most cases, a Trojan wouldn’t go away so easily but it is still worth the shot. If this next removal method doesn’t work and the malware is still on your computer after you complete it, you can (and should) go to the more detailed instructions and steps further down this page and complete them too to get the Wup.exe virus away from your system.
- To delete the app or program that could be responsible for keeping the Wup Trojan on your machine, go to your computer’s Control Panel. You can access it by typing Control Panel in the search field of the Start Menu and pressing the Enter key.
- Next, find the Uninstall a Program option inside the Control Panel and select that – it will open a new window where the programs that are currently installed on your PC will be listed.
- From the list of installed programs, look for an entry labeled Wup or something similar. If you don’t find anything that carries this name, try looking for apps and programs that you haven’t/can’t remember installing yourself and/or ones with suspicious names, especially if they have been installed recently, just before the problems with the Wup virus started to take place.
- If you think that you have singled out any suspicious items in the Uninstall a Program list which may potentially be linked to the virus infection, select them and then uninstall them by clicking on the Uninstall button that you will see at the top of the current window.
- In most cases, a regular uninstallation wizard will show up and you will have to follow its prompts to finalize the uninstallation. However, if at any point you see a dialog box like the one from the next image, be sure to select the NO option – this is very important because if you click on Yes, you will likely get more malware installed on your machine.
- Once the uninstallation is finished, test your PC for a while to see if there are any signs of the virus. If you think the threat is still there or if you weren’t able to finish the uninstallation for some reason, complete the rest of this guide to deal with the Trojan.
The first step when troubleshooting most software problems, including the presence of Wup on the computer, is to boot the machine into Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, software and processes that aren’t essential to the normal and stable functioning of the computer would be blocked from running and this typically includes anything related to potential Trojan Horse infections. This greatly helps with removing the threat because it prevents the latter from obstructing your attempts to remove it. To Enter Safe Mode, go to the link and follow the instructions there.
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With Safe Mode enabled, now you must open the Windows Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc is the quickest way to open it) and look at the different processes in the Processes tab. Your job here is to determine of any of the entries in the list may potentially be related to the Wup.exe virus. Needless to say, if you see the name of the virus there, this means that the process in question is malicious. However, the Trojan’s process may go under a different name so be on the lookout for red flags such as high consumption of Virtual Memory and CPU or a name that doesn’t look familiar or that looks suspicious. Try closing all programs and apps except for the Task Manager so that the malware process would stand out more.
If you find a process you suspect of being linked to the virus, first Google its name to rule out the possibility of it being a legitimate system process because if you close such a process, this may worsen the situation by causing instability in the system.
If you think that there is a process in the Task Manager that comes from the Trojan, right-click on said process and select open File Location, which will bring up the directory of the process where its files are stored. Drag each file from that directory and place it in our free online malware scanner that is available right below and see what the results from the scan are.
If malware gets detected, go to the Task Manager, right-click on the process in question again and this time select the End Process Tree option. After that, quickly go to the folder of the process and delete that folder.
Note that it is sometimes possible that the scanner we have here doesn’t detect malware in the files that you scan even if said files are related to the malware. No scanner tool is flawless and so even if no malware gets detected but you are sure that the scanned files are related to the Wup.exe virus, delete them and their folder regardless of the scan results.
Next, type System Configuration under the Start Menu and click on the first icon from the search results. In the window that show sup on your screen, select the Startup tap and look for startup items that have Unknown manufacturers or ones that simply look suspicious. Remove the tick from the checkbox of each entry there that you don’t trust and then select Apply + Ok.
Copy-paste this notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts into the Start Menu and press the Enter key. The file that opens is oftentimes targeted by all sorts of malware that make changes in it. If you see any odd-looking IP addresses below where it says “Localhost“, chances are that your Hosts file has been hacked. However, not all IPs you may see under Localhost are guaranteed to be related to a malware infection. In some cases, a regular and legitimate program may make modifications to this file in order to function normally. Therefore, it is best to copy any IPs you may see there and send them to us inthe comments. When we have a look at them, we will tell you if they are likely to be related to the Wup.exe virus.
If, after we have a look at the IPs, we tell you that they are probably from the virus, go to the Hosts file again and delete them manually. Remember to Save the changes afterwards by selecting File > Save or by using the Ctrl + S key combination.
This final Step will require you to make changes in your computer’s Registry where a lot of important and crucial system settings are present. Therefore, you must be very cautious here and only delete something if you are sure it is related to the virus. Otherwise, if you delete the wrong folder, you may cause all kinds of unexpected and unforeseen consequences to the stability of your computer. Our suggestion is to always ask us in the comments about a given item in the Registry Editor before deleting it if you are not sure it must be deleted.
To access the computer’s Registry Editor, type regedit under the Start Menu and open the first shown result from the search. The system will probably ask you to provide your Admin permission to the Editor to make changes so confirm that by selecting Yes.
In the Editor, go to Edit > Find and type Wup in the search field. Click on Find Next to search for items with the name of the virus and if anything gets found, select it and press the Del key from your keyboard to delete it. Keep clicking on Find Next and deleting items that carry the name of the virus until nothing with that name remains.
Next, manually locate the next couple of locations in the Registry Editor and delete any items in them that have unusual names that stand out. Usually, the name of items that are installed by the virus would be comprised of long sequences of numbers and letters that don’t seem to mean anything. If you see anything like that, you should delete it but it would still be a good idea to first consult us in the comments section.
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > *Odd-looking folder*
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run > *Odd-looking folder*
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Internet Explorer > Main > *Odd-looking folder*