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Remove Wup.exe Virus (Sept. 2019 Update)


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

The Wup.exe Virus

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Multiple anti virus programs detecting 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 a threat like Wup.exe is definitely something you must immediately address if you spot it in your computer, and take the necessary actions to remove it.

SUMMARY:

Name Wup.exe
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  A Trojan may cause your computer to crash, and freeze, and may slow down its productivity due to excessive use of RAM and CPU.
Distribution Method Spam letters, various forms of malvertisement, pirated software, and others.
Detection Tool

Remove Wup.exe Virus

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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