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Remove WinArcher virus (Removal Instructions) - Free Instructions

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

What is WinArcher program doing in my computer?

WinArcher virus is not a malware-type[1] software; however, its existence on your PC is not a good sign, either. The only reason why we mentioned the word “virus” is that computer users tend to call WinArcher this way after discovering it on the computer system. Once installed, this questionable piece of software starts digging the system for certain information, for example, IP address[2], installed software, search queries and search history related data, and then transmits such information to an adware distribution network. The software is not analyzed precisely yet, so we cannot provide more details about it. One thing is for sure – it works as a data collector, and currently it is unknown where such data is going to be used. Therefore, it is highly recommended to remove WinArcher PUP from the system without any hesitations. We doubt that you need such component in your PC, especially because it lacks beneficial features.
Winarcher adware
Researcher shows how the main Winarcher file looks like.

Questions about WinArcher virus

We assume that collected data might be used to deliver targeted advertising to the victim. Typically, adware programs collect information related to user’s browsing and use it to select individual ads for each victim. If you use a computer that is contaminated with some kind of adware, then WinArcher file is likely to be installed as well, and it is known to be responsible for data transmission between your PC and adware distribution network. It is advisable to take care of WinArcher removal in time otherwise, your computer might start working slowly, and the quality of your browsing experience might go down as well. For WinArcher removal, we suggest using anti-spyware programs that can precisely delete all spyware-related files from the computer system. We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner or Malwarebytes software.

How did I get infected with adware?

Adware spreads via software bundles (in most cases)[3]. You can also install adware programs if you tend to browse the Internet carelessly – it is easy to install an ad-supported program because the majority of free programs available online are ad-supported. We suggest reading comments online about computer programs before installing them on your PC. If you are looking for ways to avoid ad-supported programs, never install your downloads using Default/Standard settings because they typically contain a few statements saying that you agree to install suggested third-party applications or browser toolbars[4]. These additional programs usually appear to be adware or browser hijacker-type programs, and it is better to keep your PC free of them. To drop these additional items off, just choose Custom or Advanced installation option and deselect suggested third-party applications manually. Finish the installation and enjoy your new program, but make sure it doesn’t send you annoying pop-up advertisements as links integrated into them can cause danger to your PC!

How to remove WinArcher adware?

If you want to remove WinArcher, Archer.dll and other adware-related files successfully, you have to find a program that is related to it. It can be hard to understand which program brought this file into your PC system; therefore, we suggest using automatic spyware removal tool for this task. It can quickly complete WinArcher removal and save you tons of time. If you do not have an anti-spyware or anti-malware program yet, consider trying one of the programs that our team recommends using. You can find a list of them below, and you can read their reviews[5] on our Software page.

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To remove WinArcher virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate WinArcher from Windows systems

First of all, read this guide attentively. Your first task is to find questionable programs on the computer system and delete them one after another via Control panel.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall WinArcher and related programs
    Here, look for WinArcher or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Uninstall WinArcher from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for WinArcher or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Get rid of WinArcher from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for WinArcher and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete WinArcher removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete WinArcher virus from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, WinArcher should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove WinArcher from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Firefox is vulnerable to adware programs and can be easily taken under their control. This tutorial will explain you how to remove WinArcher PUP and related components from your Firefox browser.

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select WinArcher and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete WinArcher removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase WinArcher from Google Chrome

Remove all suspicious extensions from Chrome and change settings that were modified. This tutorial explains what should you do. Follow these instructions carefully and you will remove WinArcher by yourself.

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select WinArcher and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete WinArcher removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate WinArcher from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for WinArcher or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete WinArcher removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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  1. Fione says:
    March 7th, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I couldnt delete WinArcher for some reason! I removed it using antimalware, because for some reason it didnt let me to delete it.

  2. Lena says:
    March 7th, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Thanks so much for providing this information. I was really lost and didnt know what to do with that WinArcher file.

  3. alish08 says:
    March 7th, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Terrible! Just terrible! How someone dares to distribute apps like WinArcher? Its totally malicious, in my opinion!

  4. Gerbert says:
    March 7th, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Just deleted WinArcher, thanks!

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