WDF.EXE Crypto Miner Trojan Virus – How to Remove It

WDF.EXE Crypto Miner Trojan Virus – How to Remove It


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This article aims to help you by providing information on how to remove the newly detected WDF.EXE malicious application which uses your CPU to mine for cryptocurrenices.

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 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 minrs 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.

Threat Summary

TypeCryptocurrency Miner Malware / Trojan Horse
Short DescriptionAims to mine for cryptocurrencies at the expense of your computer’s CPU.
SymptomsDrops suspicious processes on your computer system after which overloads your CPU, by using it’s resources.
Distribution MethodVia 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 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 it’s 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. Immeidate removal on detection is strongly reccommended.

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.

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To remove WDF.EXE follow these steps:

1. Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove WDF.EXE files and objects
2. Find files created by WDF.EXE on your PC

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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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