WinArcher “Virus” Removal

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

WinArcher belongs to the category of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). If it has managed to slither in your system, you are in for a lot of issues. There is a reason why these tools are named unwanted. All they do is corrupt your PC to the core. Beware! The more time you grand this pest on your system, the more problematic it gets. Don’t hesitate. The minute you spot it, take action to get rid of it. And the only way to do that is to completely remove it from your machine. Otherwise, you will have to put up with a myriad of problems, each one of which worse than the one before.

Once the PUP has tricked you into allowing it to enter, it starts working. And by working, we mean wrecking. Your browser is its first target. The PUP completely ruins your browsing experience. For starters, you will notice some changes in your settings which you don’t remember approving. And you didn’t. The parasite doesn’t need your permission to make modifications and, of course, it neither asks for it nor informs you of the changes it makes. You open your browser one day only to see that nothing is the same. Both your homepage and search engine are not the same ones you left the last time you turned your PC off. Due to these reshuffles, your browser is no longer safe and you cannot surf the Web at peace.

First of all, every time you open your preferred browser you will get redirected to pages you have never seen before. The PUP interrupts you 24/7. You try loading a page, you get redirected to a shady looking and potentially dangerous another one. And not only that.

Aside from the redirects, you will be flooded with countless annoying ads. We are talking a never-stopping, irritating avalanche of commercials in all forms: pop-ups, video ads, offers, deals, banners, best prices, coupons, etc. You will see them the whole time while online just blinking and popping on your screen, prompting you to click on them. Keep in mind that some of the ads may seem helpful or interesting. Whatever you do, don’t click on anything the PUP throws your way. The chances are it is harmful and you will only worsen your current situation. Take the ads, for instance. Most of them conceal other malware programs which you can get with only one single click. That’s right. Your one click equals your permission a malware to infect you. You can compromise your already compromised PC ever more in no time. You won`t even realize it but in a matter of days, your machine will be brimming with infections. One infection you can tackle but how about ten or even more. Your computer is already affected by this PUP. It underperforms. Its speed is slow. It crashes all the time. Your system freezes. Your internet connection is unstable. And so on. Instead of infecting it even more, take action to remove WinArcher.

However, all these issues no matter how alloying or dangerous they are, somehow pale in comparison with the biggest risk this PUP poses. It jeopardizes your privacy and threatens to expose it to strangers. How you may wonder. Well, WinArcher spies on you. It monitors your every move from the very second it got in. This includes IPs, email addresses, usernames, passwords, browsing-related data, etc. And it not only monitors it, it also collects everything and when it decides it has enough, it sends all to the crooks behinds it. That’s how WinArcher opens cybercriminals the door to your private life and it keeps it open while they parade it.

What do you think of strangers with questionable intentions having access to your private data? Do you imagine what could happen if they get a hold of your financial and identifiable information? You can fall victim of a financial scam or even an identity theft. Don’t sit quietly waiting for the worse to happen. Take action as soon as possible. Our removal guide below provides detailed and easy-to-follow steps with which you can clean your machine of this pest. All you have to do is follow the instructions in the exact order.

But how did you get infected in the first place? We said that the PUP tricks you into allowing it to enter and that is a fact. If you don’t give it green light, it cannot get it. Given your situation, you must have allowed it to infect you at some point and the chances are you don’t remember anything. That’s what parasites do. They use tricks to fool you and they leave you oblivious to it.

For example, the PUP can be posing as a fake update to mislead you. It can also turn to freeware, spam email messages, compromised pages/links/torrents/ads. The methods are many but no matter which one it uses, what it needs the most is your carelessness. What does this mean? You are careless when: you don’t read the Terms and Conditions/EULA; you rush installations and keep clicking on “next” without thinking; you use unverified pages for download sources; you open shady emails and download their attachments; you opt for the Basic settings when installing a program instead of the Advances ones. All these mistakes help a malware to infect you. Infections pray on your negligence.

Now, when you know that, do your best to prevent future attacks. Stay vigilant and extra careful while online. Moreover, a good anti-malware tool can only help you in the battle against unwanted cyber parasites. Find a reliable program, keep it up to date and regularly check your machine for infections.

WinArcher 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.

STEP-4

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

appwiz

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

STEP-6

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

msconfig

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

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

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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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