How to remove the wpthost virus

Most antivirus programs identify wpthost.exe as malware—for instance Microsoft identifies it as Backdoor:Win32/Rbot.gen, and TrendMicro identifies it as BKDR_Generic.DIT.

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Wpthost.exe file information

There is no information about the producer in the wpthost.exe process.

Description: Wpthost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wpthost.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 1,265,664 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. Wpthost.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run). The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Wpthost.exe is not a Windows system file. Wpthost.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify wpthost.exe related errors

Important: You should check the wpthost.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.


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Best practices for resolving wpthost issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active wpthost process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the wpthost.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 cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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