The Wup.exe Virus
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.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.
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.
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.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans may slow-down your machine, delete or corrupt your data, cause, errors, freezes, crashes, and so on.|
|Distribution Method||Spam letters, pirated content, and misleading malvertisements are the usual suspects here.|
Some threats of this type reinstall themselves repeatedly if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes.
Windows Wup.exe Removal Guide
Step 1. Enter Safe Mode (Optional)
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode This is allow only process to be started on your computer. This step is optional but it will increase the chance to remove Wup.exe
Step 2. Find Unwanted Processes
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details”
Tab on Win 8 and 10).
Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location.
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.
Step 3. Remove Wup.exe From Start Up Location
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Startup > Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
Step 4. IP and DNS Settings
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
Step 6. Remove Wup.exe From All Browsers
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’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—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!