How to remove the wauclt virus

Most antivirus programs identify wauclt.exe as malware—for instance Avast identifies it as Win32:IRCBot-BSX, and Microsoft identifies it as Worm:Win32/Pushbot.gen!C or Worm:Win32/Pushbot.gen.

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Wauclt.exe file information

The process wauclt.exe contains no information about the creator.

Description: Wauclt.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The wauclt.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 626,688 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 925,696 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. The wauclt.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Wauclt.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself, manipulate other programs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 81% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the wauclt.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

It keeps on showing up in the Security Task Manager even if I keep on ending the task. It slows down the computer.
  Kenny Kim  

Summary: Average user rating of wauclt.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving wauclt issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active wauclt process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the wauclt.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.

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