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Wcupdater. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - - | Type: Trojans

Wcupdater – a Trojan horse which appears as the wcupdater.exe file in the system

Wcupdater
Wcupdater is a trojan which is related to the wcupdater.exe file.

Wcupdater is a malicious computer infection which is related to the wcupdate.exe file. This program is considered to be a Trojan horse[1] and we all know that such viruses are hard to spot. However, if wcupdater.exe virus has secretly infiltrated your computer system, you need to take actions against this dangerous cyber threat instantly. Trojans can cause a lot of damaging consequences such as overheated CPU[2], software crashes, even data theft and installation of other malware. If you ever detect this malicious program on your computer, be quick to remove wcupdater.exe virus permanently.

Name Wcupdater
Related to wcupdater.exe
Type Trojan horse
Sub-type Malware
Symptoms High CPU overuse, struggling software, slow computing work
Possible dangers Can make the system vulnerable to other infections, exposure personal data
Elimination Get rid of the virus ASAP.  Use Reimage to detect all damaged objects

Trojans usually show barely any symptoms, however, if you are an accurate person, you might spot some signs that signify about the dangerous infection. These symptoms might be:

  • High CPU/GPU usage; 
  • Software struggles;
  • Computer slowdowns/crash downs;
  • Windows minimize and maximize very slowly.

You need to remove Wcupdater virus to avoid CPU overuse. If the central processing unit overheats, it will not be able to work normally anymore. So, as you can see, trojans can cause unrepairable damage for your system components. Avoid such possibility and get rid of the cyber threat for good. Additionally, you can install a program such as Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner. These computer tools will detect all damaged objects.

Another important reason to perform the Wcupdater removal is that some Trojan horses have the ability to make computer systems more vulnerable to other dangerous infections. That means the trojan opens a path for other malware to spread. This way another virus might enter the system and the damage can be even bigger and harder to fix. 

Having Wcupdater on your computer will not bring anything good for you. Nevertheless, the trojan might perform unwanted and rogue activity in the background. This way even your personal information such as banking account details, ID, might become at risk of exposure. Sometimes criminals use these details to carry out some illegitimate actions (e.g. they misuse sensitive data to get a credit).

Avoid trojan infections

According to IT specialists from Virusai.lt site[3], trojan infections can easily reach a computer system through spam messages[4] and their attached files. Cybercriminals insert the hazardous payload into a document and clip it to the rogue letter. If the user manages to open the rogue attachment, he/she might launch the virus. So, make sure that all letters you open come from recognizable senders only.

Another thing you can do to prevent Trojan horses is avoiding visiting rogue websites. Some web pages might include potentially dangerous content which might be related to a trojan or ransomware infection.  Furthermore, you should download and install a reputable antivirus program. These computer protection tools will take care of your system 24/7 and make sure that no threat slips through.

Get rid of wcupdater.exe

Remove Wcupdater virus and its malicious files instantly. Use Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes to find all rogue components that might be hidden in the system. Note that the elimination requires a lot of effort, so, the process should be left for reputable software to deal with. After the deletion has been successfully finished, make sure that you perform some system backups.

Taking care of the Wcupdater removal is not the only thing you should do. Make sure you memorize all trojan avoiding techniques that we have mentioned before in this text. If you take the precautionary measures seriously, you will slightly decrease the risk of getting infected by a Trojan horse. This is very important if you want to keep your computer system fully-working and avoid possible damage.

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To remove Wcupdater, follow these steps:

Remove Wcupdater using Safe Mode with Networking

Activate the Safe Mode with Networking feature to disable the trojan:

  • Step 1: Reboot your computer to Safe Mode with Networking

    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 Safe Mode with Networking from the list Select 'Safe Mode with Networking'

    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 Networking in Startup Settings window. Select 'Enable Safe Mode with Networking'
  • Step 2: Remove Wcupdater

    Log in to your infected account and start the browser. Download Reimage or other legitimate anti-spyware program. Update it before a full system scan and remove malicious files that belong to your ransomware and complete Wcupdater removal.

If your ransomware is blocking Safe Mode with Networking, try further method.

Remove Wcupdater using System Restore

Turn on the System Restore function by following these steps:

  • 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 Wcupdater. 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 Reimage and make sure that Wcupdater removal is performed successfully.

Finally, you should always think about the protection of crypto-ransomwares. In order to protect your computer from Wcupdater and other ransomwares, use a reputable anti-spyware, such as Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes

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Julie Splinters
Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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