Windows Cannot find 'pleasewait.exe' Error- How to Fix

Windows Cannot find “pleasewait.exe” Error- How to Fix

This article has been created in order to explain how to find and fix the error, going by the name of “pleasewait.exe” and how to remove the malware that may be associated with it.

Update September 2019. A new problem for Windows users has been detected to cause a BSOD error on the computers that are affected. The error displays a Windows pop-up, claiming that a vital file, called pleasewait.exe is missing from the user PC. The outcome of this is that the computers showing the error often tend to go into a BSOD (blue screen of death) state and then restart. This error is likely malware-related and this is why it is strongly recommended to read the following article in order to fix it.

Threat Summary

NamePleasewait.exe Error
Short DescriptionCauses BSOD errors and pop-up errors and the system cannot function properly. Likely spyware or destructive type of malware.
SymptomsYou start seeing pop-ups claiming Windows cannot find “pleasewait.exe” and then you recieve the Blue Screen of Death with error c000021a.
Distribution MethodVia spam e-mails or malicious sites.
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Pleasewait.exe ERROR – How Did I Get It

For the moment, it cannot be said for sure how this malware infects computers. However, one possible scenario could be via Windows activation software. The Pleasewait.exe ERROR is the type of malware, that may be included in hacktools, like activators that legitimize Windows licenses, such as fake versions of KMS activator or Loader by Daz.

Once the user downloads and installs the activator on his computer, the Pleasewait.exe error may start to pop-up. Another variant is for the error to begin to show up after some time has passed by. Either way, software cracks are probably the main reason why you may start to recieve this error.

Pleasewait.exe Virus – More Information

The Pleasewait.exe file is usually located in the following Windows directory:

→ C:\Windows Activation Technologies
C:\Windows Activation Technologies\wait.exe

In this folder, a file wait.exe which is most likely related to pleasewait.exe is located. It triggers the following warning on the victim computers:

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Windows cannot find ‘pleasewait.exe’. Make sure you typed the name correctly and then try again.

When the warning is closed, users may experience a BSOD immediately or after several moments. The BSOD returns the following error:

On newer Windows systems, the error appears like the following:

In addition to this, the error corrupts a multiple Windows System Files, which you can find in the CBS.log file after runnign Windows Command Prompt as an administrator and performing an “sfc /scannow” virus scan. The .log file has the following location:

→ C:\Windows\Logs\CBS.log

It is very likely that the wait.exe file may belong to a wide range of Trojan horses or viruses that may not only cause BSOD’s on the infected computers, but also perform other malicious activities on them, like:

  • Take screenshots.
  • Steal any saved passwords and login names.
  • Obtain personal information.
  • Copy and steal files from the victim PC.
  • Log the keystrokes you type via a Keylogger component.
  • Obtain your browsing history.

How to Fix Pleasewait.exe Error and How to Remove Viruses Infecting Your PC

To make sure that you fix the Pleasewait.exe error, we would strongly reccomend that you perform the following activities:

1. Boot your computer in Safe Mode using the steps below.
2. Remove the C:\Windows Activation Technologies folder.
3. Uninstall your default Antivirus Protection.
4. Run Windows Command Prompt as an administrator and in it type:

→”sfc /scannow”


This will check Windows for any error files and fix them.

5. Follow the manual instructions for virus detection (for experienced users) or automatically scan for any malware using the instructions in step “3” below to remove any viruses that may have come on your computer as a result of this malicious hacktool.


Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav has been covering the latest malware, software and newest tech developments at SensorsTechForum for 3 years now. He started out as a network administrator. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for discovery of new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management and then Network Administration, he found his passion within cybersecrurity and is a strong believer in basic education of every user towards online safety.

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