One of the problems with Windows is the prevalence of adware, unwanted crap that people bundle with “free” software to make money. One such piece of crap is WebHelper, which comes along for the ride if you install the utorrent bit torrent client. I noticed my Windows laptop behaving sluggishly and requiring me to update my Microsoft password recently. This led to me finding the WebHelper on my machine.
If you notice sluggish behavior on your Windows machine:
- Click Ctrl-Alt-Del
- Click Task Manager
- Click on the CPU column
- If you’ve got WebHelper on your machine, it will show up as the top user of CPU
If you have WebHelper on your machine:
- Download and install ZHPCleaner
- If you run Avast, stop it
- Launch it and run a scan
- Click Remove
- Reboot when done
Before finding this solution, I tried running a full scan with McAfee, which came with my computer. Since McAfee was supposed to be protecting the machine in the first place, I didn’t have high hopes. McAfee found nothing. I also tried Malwarebytes and AdwCleaner, but both also failed to detect WebHelper.
Update: I noticed in the Task Manager that WebHelper was still running on my system. ZHPCleaner failed to find it. I followed the directions on the page WebHelper virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide) to replace the utorrentie.exe binary with a text file.