“Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detected” virus (Free Guide) - updated Aug 2019

“Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detected” virus Removal Guide

What is “Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detected” virus?

w32.vrbat is a trojan that gets used as a scaring element in various scams, and fake system alert messages

w32.vrbatw32.vrbat is the trojan that can be used in fraudulent campaigns or even hacker attacks. w32.vrbat is a malware that involves online frauds and is related to various adware programs. Shady websites deliver pop-ups and alerts allegedly from the system that states about particular trojan that has either been detected on the machine or got blocked by your device. These claims are not true, in most cases, the trojan hasn't even accessed your device, and the whole aim of such campaign is to trick the victim into downloading fake security tool or revealing their personal information.

The malicious w32.vrbat trojan is a threat that runs in the background, and the system cannot alert you about the activity automatically, you cannot even notice the processes working behind your back. A trojan is a type of malware that mainly is used to infiltrate the machine to spread other malware on or affect the performance significantly with crypto mining processes or serving as a backdoor for attackers.

Name w32.vrbat
Type Trojan
Used in Various online scams as a scary factor
Main danger Can get access to the device and all the data stored on there. Scams used to trick people into purchasing, downloading tools or revealing sensitive details
Possibly related Trojan:W32/Agent, Trojan.Agent, Win32.Trojan.Agent
Distribution With the help of infected email attachments, the trojan gets on the system. All the scams and fraudulent messages are caused by adware and other PUPs
Elimination Get the anti-malware tool to remove w32.vrbat and any other intruders
Avoidance tips Stay away from shady messages with phone numbers, don't fall for scams and install programs from reliable sources only

Unfortunately, w32.vrbat virus is not the threat that has one function and can only affect the machine in one way. Attackers use this malware for various purposes that even include spreading other viruses or even remotely accessing the device. This is one of the most dangerous cyber threats, so you should note how important it is to fight the trojan once it gets on the machine.

However, since w32.vrbat trojan is known as exceptionally malicious, scammers even use this name to scare people during their fraudulent campaigns. Warnings with different claims about possible danger or already blocked virus should be taken seriously but with caution.

Since w32.vrbat trojan has the w32 at the biginning it may show that Windows systems that run on 32 bit are the ones that get this or a similar trojan only. However, all the trojans with the identification as Trojan:W32 or Win32.Trojan.Agent can also be found on various OSs, even Mac devices. The only difference is the name, but not the behavior or danger level.

Alerts from Microsoft or other tech support teams claiming that your device has w32.vrbat detected on the system, in most cases, are there to trick you into purchasing some fake security tool, calling scammers directly or even revealing your personal details and paying for the alleged tech support help. Legitimate software providers are not sending such alerts to their users.

w32.vrbat trojanw32.vrbat is a cyber threat that comes with other programs and malware so processes can affect the performance significantly.

The real trojan can be set to perform malicious activities, but you cannot see when w32.vrbat gets loaded on the computer because it runs in the background with at least one of these goals:

  • spying on victims;
  • stealing information stored on the machine;
  • installing other malware;
  • tracking keystrokes or copying screen view;
  • clearing the path for a hacker or other more severe virus;
  • using system resources to run additional processes like cryptocurrency mining.

You should make sure to clean the system when you notice any significant difference in the speed of your machine or the general performance. To see if the system is infected, you should get FortectIntego and check the machine. When the system scan is done, you can see all the malware and remove w32.vrbat if needed with the same tool.

Make sure to pay close attention to w32.vrbat removal, because adware that creates all those redirects, pop-ups, and fake messages can cause damage and not get detected. The trojan, on the other hand, can be found with a powerful anti-malware program and a thorough system check.

Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detected scam messages

If your computer screen suddenly turned into BSoD (“blue screen of death“), it might suggest that “Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detected” virus has occupied your device. The aim of this cyber threat is to wheedle out money from Internet users. It acts as adware showing fake system error messages.

Do not get deceived by them and instead concentrate on “Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detected“ removal. The design of this malware spreading campaign might really look terrifying. However, there is an easy way to delete it. You can install an anti-spyware program, FortectIntego, to do all the job for you.

Various commercial domains deliver false alerts and warnings about the detected malware. But remember that proper tech support people are not showing these messages randomly out of anywhere and don't encourage to call or pay for the service. Stay away from calling any number that is delivered in the following or similar message with statements about malware:

Warning! Virus w32.vrbat has been detected in your operating system.
Please call our technical support team right now to remove this virus.
Toll Free 1-888-556-9967.

Hackers did a great job creating a false impression of a real system error notification. The blue screen imparts a dramatic view, locked browser window, or even sound effects create a real frustration. Moreover, the message itself stating that some sort of “w32” virus is detected seems terrifying enough, especially if you already know about the w32.vrbat trojan.

Users who do not specialize in programming might get the impression that something terrible has really happened. We would like to assure you that it is simply an ordinary tech support scam. In any case, if the operating system encounters a problem or processing error, it never provides nor asks you to call the indicated number. Even malware infiltration like w32.vrbat virus, are not triggering such alerts.

If you notice a Windows message or BSoD, and it asks to call the indicated telephone number, there is a 100% guarantee that it is a hoax. The essence of such fraud is to persuade users into purchasing questionable and supposed malware removal utilities. Do not contact or pay these scammers.[1]

The image revealing Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detectedDon't fall for such scams stating about alleged malware infections.

Malware infiltrates the infected system with other programs to cause more damage

Surprisingly, the malicious files containing the infection directly or a malicious code dropper can get on the device with the help of other applications. Fake PC optimizers, download accelerates, browser boosters unintentionally provide the disguise for such virtual threats. Windows OS cracks, false Flash Player Updates, and other illegal software get packed with malware droppers all the time.[2]

If you download the application from the unreliable secondary source, there is a chance that you might install a program which contains a fraudulent attachment. Thus, in order to avoid such a scenario next time, make sure you change the sequence of your actions. Opt for the “Advanced” settings. Later on, unmark the checkboxes of optional browser toolbars, plug-ins, and other questionable attachments.

However, these threats like trojans, worms, ransomware, and malware can get on the machine directly from the malicious file attached to the email you receive. When the legitimate-looking email gets on your email box, you, like any other busy person, don't think twice and open the email.

However, when the notification has links, files, other content the only thing you need to do is enable additional code[3] and malware loads on the system directly. Avoid opening emails you were not expecting, downloading attachment files or visiting provided hyperlinks, as many experts[4] always note.

Get anti-malware tools to complete w32.vrbat malware removal

Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been deleted is a scam campaign, but the trojan itself is a virus that operates in more complex ways. It is not recommended to meddle with it manually and try to find the malware. The threat executes its files which might be scattered across the entire registry system, so messing with such an important part of the machine can lead to more severe damage.

Searching for corrupted files or altered registry entries manually might prove to be a futile activity. Therefore, we suggest you remove w32.vrbat with the help of malware elimination utility. FortectIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes can help you with this process. Update the program and start the system scan if you already have one AV tool running on the computer.

The entire w32.vrbat removal process takes only several minutes. Due to the locked screen or even disabled programs, you might not be able to complete the elimination, so regain access to your computer by following the guide below and rebooting the machine in Safe Mode with Networking.

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Getting rid of “Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detected” virus. Follow these steps

Manual removal using Safe Mode

Safe Mode with Networking helps with w32.vrbat removal

Important! →
Manual removal guide might be too complicated for regular computer users. It requires advanced IT knowledge to be performed correctly (if vital system files are removed or damaged, it might result in full Windows compromise), and it also might take hours to complete. Therefore, we highly advise using the automatic method provided above instead.

Step 1. Access Safe Mode with Networking

Manual malware removal should be best performed in the Safe Mode environment. 

Windows 7 / Vista / XP
  1. Click Start > Shutdown > Restart > OK.
  2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 button (if that does not work, try F2, F12, Del, etc. – it all depends on your motherboard model) multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  3. Select Safe Mode with Networking from the list. Windows 7/XP
Windows 10 / Windows 8
  1. Right-click on Start button and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to pick Update & Security.
    Update and security
  3. On the left side of the window, pick Recovery.
  4. Now scroll down to find Advanced Startup section.
  5. Click Restart now.
  6. Select Troubleshoot. Choose an option
  7. Go to Advanced options. Advanced options
  8. Select Startup Settings. Startup settings
  9. Press Restart.
  10. Now press 5 or click 5) Enable Safe Mode with Networking. Enable safe mode

Step 2. Shut down suspicious processes

Windows Task Manager is a useful tool that shows all the processes running in the background. If malware is running a process, you need to shut it down:

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
    Open task manager
  3. Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
  4. Right-click and select Open file location.
    Open file location
  5. Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
    End task
  6. Delete the contents of the malicious folder.

Step 3. Check program Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to Startup tab.
  3. Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.

Step 4. Delete virus files

Malware-related files can be found in various places within your computer. Here are instructions that could help you find them:

  1. Type in Disk Cleanup in Windows search and press Enter.
    Disk cleanup
  2. Select the drive you want to clean (C: is your main drive by default and is likely to be the one that has malicious files in).
  3. Scroll through the Files to delete list and select the following:

    Temporary Internet Files
    Recycle Bin
    Temporary files

  4. Pick Clean up system files.
    Delete temp files
  5. You can also look for other malicious files hidden in the following folders (type these entries in Windows Search and press Enter):


After you are finished, reboot the PC in normal mode.

Remove “Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detected” using System Restore

System Restore feature helps to recover machine in a previous state

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    1. Click Start Shutdown Restart OK.
    2. When your computer becomes active, start pressing F8 multiple times until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
    3. Select Command Prompt from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'

    Windows 10 / Windows 8
    1. Press the Power button at the Windows login screen. Now press and hold Shift, which is on your keyboard, and click Restart..
    2. Now select Troubleshoot Advanced options Startup Settings and finally press Restart.
    3. Once your computer becomes active, select Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt'
  • Step 2: Restore your system files and settings
    1. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter. Enter 'cd restore' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    2. Now type rstrui.exe and press Enter again.. Enter 'rstrui.exe' without quotes and press 'Enter'
    3. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of “Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detected”. After doing that, click Next. When 'System Restore' window shows up, select 'Next' Select your restore point and click 'Next'
    4. Now click Yes to start system restore. Click 'Yes' and start system restore
    Once you restore your system to a previous date, download and scan your computer with FortectIntego and make sure that “Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detected” removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from “Warning: virus w32.vrbat has been detected” and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes

How to prevent from getting malware

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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