How to remove the WToolsA virus

Most antivirus programs identify WToolsA.exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.Wintol.aa, and Symantec identifies it as Adware.Websearch.

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WToolsA.exe file information

The process known as Internet Explorer belongs to software Win-Tools Easy Installer by unknown.

Description: WToolsA.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The WToolsA.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (common is C:\Program Files\common files\wintools\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 526,336 bytes (83% of all occurrences), 521,728 bytes or 521,216 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnce). WToolsA.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You might want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Win-Tools Easy Installer (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify WToolsA.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: You should check the WToolsA.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Internet Explorer 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

adware, spyware
Sneaky program, still trying to get rid of it.
it is a recurring annoyance
Its a pain to get rid of. Editing the registry Removed newdot I think it sneaked in with with a browser menu bar.
I close it and yet is still runs
Boot windows in safe mode. Remove registry-entries in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Remove the Exe-Files. Reboot.
Can only get rid of it in SafeMode: Delete the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Win tools folder
Adware, spyware, it usually sneaks on to your computer with a pop-up that auto-downloads the crap..
  Carl Cem  
Hijacks IE - You might be able to get rid of w/Lavasoft Ad-Aware (most current version)
  Bitshifter   (further information)
Ad-aware will get rid of it, but it can be a pain. Do a full system scan, and remove everything it finds, when it says some items cannot be removed, click yes to remove them after the next restart. If that doesn't do it, make a note of which exe files it couldn't remove, open windows task manager, and end each of the processes that adaware could remove. run a full system scan in adaware again, and you should be clean... took maybe 20 minutes of my time, but it is a sneaky critter and gave me a run for it.
I wish I had thought to use Safe mode, I created a linux CD to remove the folder because the system has a broken Floppy Drive.
  Lucius Lamar Hilley III  
make ure not to start up any Anti-virus tools in safe mode- im currently in it and they both started up once i started securty manager
  John Sousa  
it seem like it keeps staying there but it could be removed
  johann   (further information)
Although it is continuous annoyance yet easily removable. Restart System in Safe mode (by pressing F8 key when system restars). Start Explorer and make sure that IE is not running. go to win tools folder which resides in c:\program files\common files. set the option to show the hidden files, then select all files in "win tools" folder and delete. All done. Restart the system.
May have something to do with my outlook crashing
very hard to get rid of, adware // spyware, its what u dont want
This program is adaware that reinstalls itself. Need to delete C:\Program Files\Common Files\Win tools folder while in safe mode and the registry keys.
Requires safemode, delete c:\program files\common files\wintools and c:\program files\toolbar directories while in safe mode
Norton Internet Security blocks wtoolsa.exe with a junk rating as very high.
inventer should have balls removed
It sucks. Do a search on Google for wtoolsa.exe then go to the site.
  Manny   (further information)
IE Hijacker - Boot up in SAFE mode then remove (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Win tools)
download adaware from Delete remants from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
annoying hijacker, reboot to safe command prompt, cd to c:\program files\common files\wintools, enter command "del wtoolsa.exe" reboot go to the directory and delete whole directory
I removed it but when I start my windows I get a message saying that wtoolsa.exe was not found. Any help on how this message can be removed
Been trying to get it off my computer for several days and haven't succeded. I can't just delete it from the registry, it automatically regenerates
too rite sneaky file. use anti-virus software 2 get rid of it. will deffo work
  Big Sid87  
it is a prolific spyware/malware application and the creator should be HANGED
also use firewall 2 block this file out
  Big Sid87  
You get a winupd.dll error whenever you open a file or application. It also gives you "memory module can be read" error message. Removing the Win tools folder from the Program Files\Common Files directory removes all of the error messages.Removing the Win tools folder from the C:\Program Files\Common Files directory removes all of the error messages.
slows down your computer hell of alot. barely noticed it on my comp and now i know that is the source of all my troubles.
  Pball_nerd   (further information)
its a wanka
Spyware... Very dangerous, hard to get rid off. Download Microsoft AntiSpyware, it'll take care of it.
  Bajingan Chino   (further information)
Will not allow Spybot to load, very hard to get rid of.
freezes computer, IBIS Toolbar, malicious spyware
that its a pain to get rid of, i used Advanced WindowsCare 2 and under startup scan make sure you delete WinA or w/e its called it might be under trustworthy but its not, after deleting it from your start up restart your computer and delete win tools from common folders, i did a little more than this but i think that should get rid of it

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WToolsA.exe: based on 41 votes with 36 user comments. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 11 users suspect danger. 25 users think WToolsA.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade WToolsA.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving WToolsA issues

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

Other processes

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