How to remove the wak virus

Most antivirus programs identify wak.exe as malware—such as Microsoft identifies it as MonitoringTool:Win32/AwardKeylogger, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.R0C1C0EB115 or TROJ_GEN.R047C0EFL13.

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Wak.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wak
Wak.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as wak.exe belongs to software Award Keylogger by unknown.

Description: Wak.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wak.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 3,284,992 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The wak.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If wak.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 62% dangerous. The file size is 3,305,472 bytes. The software has no file description. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The wak.exe file is not a Windows core file.

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Important: You should check the wak.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

I Have found this process on my PC with Anwir task manager and I could remove it finally.Wak.exe was hidden as the xps viewer software.

Summary: Average user rating of wak.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks wak.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving wak issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active wak process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the wak.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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