WellMess Malware


WellMess is a computer threat that infects computers through the use of disguise and stealth. Researchers have categorized WellMess as a virus of the Trojan horse category – the most widespread type of computer infections known for its versatility and ability to avoid detection.

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The WellMess Malware targets Windows and Linux operating systems.

The WellMess virus, in particular, is a very new addition to the Trojan horse family and as such it is possible that even advanced and reliable antivirus programs may fail to spot it when it attacks the computer.

The main reason for the inability of security programs to detect such new threats lies in the method pretty much all antivirus tools use to spot incoming malware attacks. To detect incoming threats, a typical antivirus program would rely on its database – this is an extensive and exhaustive list of all known malware threats that allows the security program to recognize and keep the attacking threat from infecting the computer. This list is constantly updated – whenever a new type of virus is created, the developers of the antivirus add it to the database. However, those updates don’t happen immediately – it takes time before the new virus is researched and added to the database of the antivirus. It also takes time before the user’s antivirus program receives the update that includes the information about the new threat. Until then, it is likely that the security tool won’t be able to stop the newly released threat. Because of this, attacks from recently released threats like WellMess (also known as zero-day attacks) are so dangerous and unpredictable. Oftentimes, people don’t even realize that their PCs have been attacked. Furthermore, some Trojans could start processes in the computer that block the antivirus and/or prevent the user from installing a new security program.

How to know if WellMess has attacked your computer

If you have any suspicion that this virus may be in your computer but you are not sure because your antivirus hasn’t warned you about potential threats (or maybe you don’t have an antivirus), then you must pay close attention to the potential Trojan horse symptoms. Sometimes, a virus like WellMess or WellMail may cause some pretty serious disturbances that cannot go unnoticed – such are for example the infamous Blue Screen of Death crashes that are oftentimes associated with Trojan viruses operating in the system. However, it’s also possible that the Trojan shows almost no symptoms or that its symptoms are far more subtle. For instance, some Trojans may moderately increase the use of CPU, RAM, and GPU on your computer, and start different processes that you could notice in the Task Manager’s processes tab. However, unless you are looking for such signs, you may never notice that there’s anything unusual going on in your system. In general, any type of irregularity in the system could be tied to the presence of a Trojan on the computer. Therefore, if you have even the slightest suspicion that this virus may be on your PC, go for the removal instructions in the following lines so that if WellMess is indeed in the system, it will be removed.


Name WellMess
Type Trojan
Danger Level High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms Unauthorized changes in system or software settings, sudden BSOD crashes, slowness of the computer, and so on.
Distribution Method Usually, the Trojan would be disguised as a harmless piece of software that uses would be tempted to download.
Detection Tool

WellMess Malware Removal

If you are looking for a way to remove WellMess you can try this:

  1. Click on the Start button in the bottom left corner of your Windows OS.
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall a Program.
  3. Search for WellMess and any other unfamiliar programs.
  4. Uninstall WellMess as well as other suspicious programs.

Note that this might not get rid of WellMess completely. For more detailed removal instructions follow the guide below.

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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Scan Results

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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


Brandon Skies

Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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