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Remove WPM virus (Removal Guide)

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as WpManager | Type: Adware

Facts about WPM:

WPM (also known as WPM18.8.0.212, WpManager, etc.) is a potentially unwanted program that is related to Nation Zoom, Sweet Page, Omniboxes.com and alike potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). This infamous program is known for an arbitrary downloading ad-supported program to the victim’s computer. As soon as WPM is installed on the system, this program may cause system’s modifications that additionally help these hijackers or similar computer parasites display fake and annoying pop-up notifications, “ads by WPM,” “WPM ads,” “special offer for you by WPM,” and similarly named ads. Also, this rogue app can cause system slowdowns and redirects to unknown and potentially dangerous websites. In addition to this, if WPM adware hijacks the computer, it usually drops its own process, which is called Wprotectmanager.exe, and also starts gathering information about its owner. Moreover, you may notice changes on your Internet browsers (Opera, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.): your homepage and default search engine may be replaced with another rogue web search related website.

We do not recommend ignoring these changes because you may be tricked into visiting unfamiliar or insecure websites by clicking on search results generated by such fake search engines or by clicking on misleading pop-up ads. It can happen because these kinds of sources can contain suspicious redirecting hyperlinks. Unfortunately, we can assure you that the majority of these hyperlinks can end you up on suspicious or even harmful websites, so it is highly recommended NOT to use never-seen search sites and NOT to click on over-intrusive ads. In addition, if you have noticed Wprotectmanager.exe in your Windows Task Manager, you should immediately scan your computer with reliable anti-spyware like ReimageIntego. Otherwise, you may notice annoying redirects, system crashes and similar issues and interferences that may be used to preclude regular computer use or even to infect your PC with more serious viruses.

WpManager pop-ups

How can WPM hijack affect my computer if I did not give my permission for this doubtful program to enter my system?

Questions about WPM virus

This dubious program is often distributed via free but questionable programs. This distribution method has been misused by many cyber criminals that seek to increase the distribution rate of their potentially unwanted programs. WPM is mostly spread in software bundles with other freeware or shareware. There are a few program types that are common PUP’s spreaders. Examples include:

  • Download managers;
  • PDF creators;
  • Media players;
  • MP3 converters;
  • other similar freeware.

In order to avoid this and similar potentially unwanted programs, you should avoid installing unknown programs that are usually filled with various attachments. Secondly, avoid visiting questionable and unsafe websites because they are also often used to distribute ad-supported plug-ins, potentially unwanted programs, fake updates or similar apps. Thirdly, if you are going to install an unfamiliar program, make sure you monitor its installation. For that, you should select one of these installation methods and follow the further installation instructions:

  1. Advanced;
  2. Custom.

If you have already noticed signs of WpManager’s existence on your machine, proceed to the page 2 to find out how to remove this vague app from your PC.

How to remove this rogue software from my computer?

As we have mentioned before, this program is unsafe, so you should remove it from the system as soon as possible. We also want to mention that this application is able to track your browsing history, search queries or other browsing related information. Even though this information is considered to be personally not identifiable, it can still contain some details that may reveal your identity for the developers of WPM. To remove this doubtful software, you should use a reliable anti-spyware program, such as ReimageIntego. Alternative removal method is to delete this controversial program manually. To remove it this way, simply follow these steps and make sure you remove WMP virus for good:

You may remove virus damage with a help of ReimageIntego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove WPM virus, follow these steps:

Delete WPM from Windows systems

To remove WPM virus from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to WPM virus (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Get rid of WPM from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove WPM virus from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for WPM virus-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove WPM virus, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to WPM virus and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the WPM virus-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove WPM from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for WPM virus and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete WPM virus removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall WPM virus from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the WPM virus-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Eliminate WPM from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to WPM virus and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case WPM virus did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete WPM virus removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase WPM from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to WPM virus by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the WPM virus-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete WPM virus removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete WPM from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to WPM virus and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Protect your privacy – employ a VPN

There are several ways how to make your online time more private – you can access an incognito tab. However, there is no secret that even in this mode, you are tracked for advertising purposes. There is a way to add an extra layer of protection and create a completely anonymous web browsing practice with the help of Private Internet Access VPN. This software reroutes traffic through different servers, thus leaving your IP address and geolocation in disguise. Besides, it is based on a strict no-log policy, meaning that no data will be recorded, leaked, and available for both first and third parties. The combination of a secure web browser and Private Internet Access VPN will let you browse the Internet without a feeling of being spied or targeted by criminals. 

No backups? No problem. Use a data recovery tool

If you wonder how data loss can occur, you should not look any further for answers – human errors, malware attacks, hardware failures, power cuts, natural disasters, or even simple negligence. In some cases, lost files are extremely important, and many straight out panic when such an unfortunate course of events happen. Due to this, you should always ensure that you prepare proper data backups on a regular basis.

If you were caught by surprise and did not have any backups to restore your files from, not everything is lost. Data Recovery Pro is one of the leading file recovery solutions you can find on the market – it is likely to restore even lost emails or data located on an external device.

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  1. RawGStar744fan says:
    November 26th, 2015 at 10:07 am

    That is a serious virus! It brought some other adware programs to my computer. As a result, my screen was so flooded with ads that I had nothing else to do than use my phone to search for solution. My computer was just working TOO SLOW and crashing all the time. I hope that you will not make the same mistake as I did; I got this program by downloading a stupid youtube mp3 downloader. Of course, I installed it using default mode! it was automatically picked, and I did not modify the installation settings. Poor me.

  2. leonardo says:
    November 26th, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Dangerous virus! My computer used to crash down all the time as I was trying to use my Internet Explorer. My PC was slow as snail. God damn it. Im getting SpyHunter.

  3. ChainzBlingz says:
    November 26th, 2015 at 10:10 am

    What a freakkkingg program!!! I downloaded SpyHunter because I wanted to scan my computer because I just could not get it why it was acting so weirdly lately. It was slow and my web browser did not work at all. All that I have got from this program was millions of pop-ups that followed me everywhere as I was trying to use the web browser (until the crash, of course, lol). I definitely recommend to kill this virus before it takes the control over your system!

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