How to Remove W97M.Downloader Virus | Updated


I wrote this article to help you remove W97M.Downloader Virus. This W97M.Downloader Virus removal guide works for all Windows versions.

W97M.Downloader is a classic Trojan horse. The malevolent program attacks and exploits devices. When you contract W97M.Downloader, your computer will become both a victim and a perpetrator. The Trojan uses the affected systems to run attacks on remote devices. All targets are exposed to the same security risks. W97M.Downloader has two tasks on its malicious agenda. It extorts information and spreads copies of itself. The former is done for monetizing purposes, while the latter is how the Trojan keeps itself alive. Its rate of distribution grows in parallel with the number of infected systems.

W97M.Downloader can penetrate your computer in several ways. Spam emails are a common entry point. The furtive program hides behind attached files, listed as important documentation. The sender can write on behalf of a reputable company or organization to make the message seem reliable. Spam emails are often addressed by national posts, courier firms, government branches, institutions, banks, social networks, commercial platforms, and legal authorities. You should proof the reliability of your letters before following instructions from them. Look up the sender’s email address. If he has indeed written on behalf of a certain entity, you can visit its official website and check the information from the contacts page.

Another alternative is bundles. Pirated utilities, freeware, and shareware can host the installation of W97M.Downloader. The covert program will be listed as a bonus in the terms and conditions of the download client. The option will be marked per default. If you do not change the setting, the Trojan will be allowed into your system. Make sure you get acquainted with the end use license agreement (EULA) of the software you install to your computer. We advise you to avoid unlicensed platforms, like peer-to-peer networks. Corrupted websites and compromised links are also potential sources for W97M.Downloader. The Trojan can get transferred to your machine after a single click. Before you access an unfamiliar domain, make you it is reliable. Do your research whenever necessary.

W97M.Downloader builds a botnet. This means that it connects all infected devices with each other. The Trojan becomes more powerful by penetrating more computers. It uses their collective resources for running its scheduled tasks. In particular, the rate of distribution of the virus becomes greater by involving a higher number of mediators. Remote attacks can be launched on computers and computer systems located in all parts of the world. The attacks and all other operations on the Trojan’s agenda happen seamlessly. Victims often remain unaware of the infection’s presence. The symptoms to look out for include an unusually low performance speed, freezes, crashes, and the frequent appearance of error messages. Of course, these disturbances can happen for different reasons. To check for a virus, open your Task Manager. Search for the process of W97M.Downloader.

The main reason why a lot of people fail to detect W97M.Downloader is because the Trojan does not damage the computer or the files stored on it. This is the consequence which usually drives people to look for a virus and seek help. There are other malware programs which do not inflict damage on the targeted device. However, they reveal their presence through their operations and interventions. This includes making obvious changes to internal system settings and conducting tasks on the foreground. W97M.Downloader works solely on the background. Its mission is to record information on victims.

The types of data W97M.Downloader can extort encompasses browsing history, IP address, tracking cookies, keystrokes, geographic location, email account, telephone number, user names, passwords, system specifications, demographic profile, full name, and financial credentials. The cyber criminals behind the Trojan can use the gathered data to infiltrate your personal accounts and steal from them. They can also sell it on darknet markets. The concept of a botnet means that all infected devices are involved in the scheme. Some countries have criminalized the neglectful usage of open information sources. If you do not take action against the Trojan, you can be charged with a hefty fine.

W97M.Downloader Virus Uninstall

STEP-1 Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.

task manager

Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.


Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.


Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.


Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.


Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.

Still can not remove W97M.Downloader Virus from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.

Daniel Stoyanov
Daniel Stoyanov has a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Daniel provides top cyber security news with in-depth coverage of malware, vulnerabilities, PC and Network security, online safety.If you have any questions feel free to ask him right now.


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