How to remove the wuamgrd virus

Most antivirus programs identify wuamgrd.exe as malware—e.g. Sophos identifies it as Sus/UnkPacker, and Symantec identifies it as Packed.Generic.52.

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Wuamgrd.exe file information

The wuamgrd.exe process does not contain any data about its author.

Description: Wuamgrd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wuamgrd.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,444,352 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 1,084,503 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run). Wuamgrd.exe is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Wuamgrd.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the wuamgrd.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 slows my computer down so much and it keeps shutting down unexpectingly.
Process was detected by McAfee following immediate unzipping of a .ZIP torrent file. waumgrd.exe requested permission to communicate through firewall. Never have had such occur before. Denied access. Found new process executing.
i kill the process from task manager , and i delete the exe from system32 , and everything is fine , a big exe 1,316,864 bytes , good to nothing
My computer was slowing down, and then I couldn't read email, so I searched for all files in Task Manager in Google. Apparently, this was causing the problems.
  Amarantz   (further information)
It scans for other pc's to be exploited, hence the loss of performance on your network, Can be used for Ddos Attacks, Is not really a viri merlly just a app made in C++ that runs hidden in the background utilizing your net. Allows user to add ftpd, socks4, httpd and remote connect on victim pc. Can add other bits of software that runs in the background. but Most of the rxbot.exe's out there have been so leaked and tampered with they dont work.
  Yeah You dont need this. ANNOY  
Causes internet explorer to hang. If you are lazy to delete the file, you can always end the process. This will stop it from working.
slows down connection from the pc to the server. Also shuts down programs. Stops print slooper.
it affects pc,s performance considerably, makes changes in ur pc with u knowing it , cannot detect
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Summary: Average user rating of wuamgrd.exe: based on 32 votes with 9 reviews. 3 users think wuamgrd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 9 users suspect danger. 19 users think wuamgrd.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade wuamgrd.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving wuamgrd issues

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