A new malicious process, resembling WDF Sound driver for Windows has been reported to be harmful and misleading by security experts. The virus has the one and the only purpose to use your computer’s resources in order to mine for cryptocurrencies. Since the malware, associated with the process is a Trojan Horse, it may also install other miners on your computer, such as NvProfileUpdater64.exe miner that has also been reported to go along with it. If you see any hint of either WDF.EXE or NvProfileUpdater64.exe miner Trojans, we advise you to immediately remove them from your computer.
|Type||Cryptocurrency Miner Malware / Trojan Horse|
|Short Description||Aims to mine for cryptocurrencies at the expense of your computer’s CPU.|
|Symptoms||Drops suspicious processes on your computer system after which overloads your CPU, by using it’s resources.|
|Distribution Method||Via malicious web links, fake installers of programs or malicious e-mail attachments.|
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WDF.EXE – Infection Methods
In order to infect a computer successfully the malicious file causing the infection with WDF.EXE malware may use techniques which bypass conventional antivirus detections, such as:
- Flash player exploits.
- RDP execution techniques.
- Malware obfuscation code embedded in it.
It may be spread via different methods, such as being sent out as a part of a massive e-mail spam campaign in the form of an e-mail attachment. Such e-mails often pretend to be from reputable companies, like PayPal, Dropbox, eBay and so on. The e-mails themselves are carefully created so that they fool you that the attached file is very important and you should immediately download it. The often used deception techniques are that the file is:
- A receipt from a purchase which the victim may or may not have made.
- A banking statement file, explaining suspicious activity on the victim’s bank account.
- An invoice, letter of confirmation or any type of seemingly important document.
Once the victim is tricked into opening the infection file, the infection takes place. In many cases, the file itself may be concealed as a .docm or .docx Microsoft Word documents with embedded malicious Macros within them, that cause the infection after their content has been enabled for editing.
Besides via e-mail, the WDF.EXE miner malware may also infect your computer by simply pretending to be an installer of a program you are looking to download for free online. There have also been reports of malware, like WDF.EXE being slithered onto victims’ computers, posing as key generators, game patches, game cracks and other files of such type.
WDF.EXE Trojan – More Information
As soon as the Bitcoin virus WDF.EXE Trojan has been executed on the victim’s computer, it drops the WDF.EXE file in the %system32% directory in %Windows% The file’s decryption is WDF Sound and services may appear on the infected computer, called NVIDIA Driver Profile Updater and WDF Sound. In addition to this, the WDF.EXE process is loaded in the Windows task managed and begins consuming a lot of the CPU power of the computer. This results in the following symptoms:
- Programs launch and perform much slower than usual.
- Windows maximizes and minimizes applications much slower.
- The computer may freeze at times.
- Videos may run with interruptions.
Furthermore, since the WDF.EXE process is associated with a Trojan Horse, it may also perform other malicious activities on the victim’s computer. These may usually be:
- Stealing key strokes on the infected computer and logging them.
- Obtaining information from your browser, like passwords and financial credentials.
- Stealing your system and network information.
Since it may also install another miner in its folder, named WDF in the %Windows% directory, going by the named of taskmon.exe, this virus may additionally bring harm to your video card as well and use your PC to mine for more than one cryptocurrency. Immediate removal on detection is strongly recommended.
How to Remove WDF.EXE CryptoCurrency Miner Malware
In order to remove this mining Trojan from your PC, you can follow the removal steps below. They are divided in Manual and Automatic removal instructions. Since manual removal may leave behind malicious files and unchanged settings, malware experts strongly recommend you to use an advanced anti-malware software in order to scan for and detect all objects and settings on your computer, related to WDF.EXE miner Trojan and remove them. Installing such software on your computer will also help you remove other malware if detected and protect your computer against any future intrusions.
- Guide 1: How to Remove WDF.EXE from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of WDF.EXE on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove WDF.EXE in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase WDF.EXE from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall WDF.EXE from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove WDF.EXE from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate WDF.EXE from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable WDF.EXE Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove WDF.EXE from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove WDF.EXE
Step 2: Uninstall WDF.EXE and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by WDF.EXE on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by WDF.EXE there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of WDF.EXE from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall WDF.EXE and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove WDF.EXE via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove WDF.EXE files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as WDF.EXE, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove WDF.EXE from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase WDF.EXE from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall WDF.EXE from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove WDF.EXE from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the WDF.EXE will be removed.
Eliminate WDF.EXE from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by WDF.EXE from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".