How to remove the wga.dll malware

Most antivirus programs classify wga.dll as a harmful extension to Internet Explorer: for instance Trojan-Spy.Win32.Delf.cqd (detected by F-Secure), and Win32:Delf-DYU (detected by Avast). Add-ons like this can display ads, slow down your computer and cause various other errors. If you can't remember installing the associated wga.dll software, it's no surprise. In most cases, this kind of adware is installed on the side when you install a freeware product like a Youtube Downloader or a PDF Converter. In the following selection, you can read more about wga.dll and how to get rid of it.

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Wga.dll file information

At the present time, we have no confirmed details about the software with which wga.dll is associated.

Description: Wga.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The wga.dll file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 156,160 bytes. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include 81A35F39-4850-474E-92C9-B4CF283207E0. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The wga.dll file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Wga.dll is able to monitor web browsers. The service has no detailed description. The wga.dll file is not a Windows system file. Wga.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 92% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the wga.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If wga.dll has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

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It's hard to delete in windows vista home and basic edition, jou need to make yourself the trustinstaller.
Appears to contain a trogon - the real WGA should be wgalogon.dll - lots of things remask as wga.dll - even when it is legitamate, you don't need it so get rid of it anyway. Highly suspect, can be picked up as a key logger/trojan   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of wga.dll: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think wga.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. One user thinks wga.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving wga issues

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