How to remove Watcher

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Adware Watcher

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Name

Watcher

Description

Watcher describes computer programs that are used to perform tasks without a user's consent, such as delivering ads, collecting personal information, or changing the system configuration. Some spyware can also redirect Web browser traffic or cause computer crashes.

Type

Adware

Manual

How to manually remove Watcher guide. Only for ADVANCED users.

  • Step 1: Basic check for Watcher activity

    Check running processes on your system. Usually you can find Watcher process running. Use the Ctrl+Shift+Esc buttons combination to open system information window and click Processes tab. Scroll down the whole list and try to find the process named like Watcher. If you find Watcher process running, right click on it and choose “End Process”. It will disable Watcher for the current Windows session, but remember that if you do not completely remove Watcher using next steps, then your PC will stay vulnerable to malware attack. Next steps are much more important in removing Watcher.

  • Step 2: Disconnect your PC from the Internet

    Prevent the malware from leaking or spreading your personal data. Adware usually uses the Internet to transfer all possible and important information you have. Some Adwares are not so “Active” and they can simply disable some Windows features and options. To disconnect your PC from the Internet you need to plug-off LAN cable (if you use LAN connection) or to turn of the Wi-Fi module (if you use Wi-Fi Internet connection). Most of (not 100%) Adwares can not access Wi-Fi module preferences. Turning off the Internet will disable Watcher from transferring any data from your PC.

  • Step 3: Enter the safe mode.

    The next step is very important in removing Watcher. After turning off the Internet and disabling Watcher process you will need to reboot your PC in so-called Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a Windows mode which allows you to start the System using only important applications and services. Safe Mode does not usually allow Watcher to load when the system boots (!!!but exceptions can appear!!!). Choose Restart in Windows Start menu and wait until the screen turns off.

    After that you have to follow the next instructions according to the versions of Microsoft Windows you use:

      Windows XP:
    1. Press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.

    2. Select Safe Mode from Windows Advanced Options Menu and press ENTER.

      Windows Vista, 7:
    1. Press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.

    2. Use the arrow keys from Windows Advanced Options Menu in order to select Safe Mode and press ENTER.

      Windows 8, 8.1, 10:
    1. Press and hold the Shift button when left-clicking the Restart button on Windows log-on screen.

    2. Select Safe Mode from Windows Troubleshooting boot screen and press ENTER.

  • Step 4: Removing virus files

    Having booted your PC in Safe mode you have to start cleaning your PC manually by deleting every file associated with Watcher one by one. Here is the list of all files associated with Watcher. Delete all files listed below using the Shift+Delete buttons combination. Always double check the file name as sometimes Adwares use very similar filenames as very important system files do and you can mistakenly remove important system file what will harm your system and you will not be able to boot your PC at all.

    • DWBUTTON.OCX

    • Watcher

    • WATCHER.LNK

    Please, remember that viruses are always progressing and sometimes new files can appear. If you are using our offline PDF guide on How to remove Watcher, please check if you have it’s latest version.

    We do not guarantee that Watcher has the same file structure at the moment of deleting.

    After removing all files associated with Watcher that were listed above, reboot your system in normal mode and check if your PC works fine or you still have any troubles.

    It it is OK – congratulations! You have made a great job!

    If it is still NOT ok – use OSHI Defender to check your PC.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How does Watcher infect my computer?

  • I detected Watcher on my computer. What do I do?

  • What damage can Watcher do to my computer?

  • What are the main symptoms of Watcher?

  • Can Watcher spread to other computers?

  • Countries with the highest Watcher infection rates.

  • The first recorded appearance of Watcher

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How does Watcher infect my computer?

Watcher is an Adware-type virus. The most common way a computer becomes infected with Watcher is when a user downloads free software or browser toolbars.

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I detected Watcher on my computer. What do I do?

If you have OSHI Defender installed on your computer, it will detect and remove Watcher and all related files. First, restart your browser and then check the Home Page to make sure that you’re still using your preferred search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.), because Watcher replaces users’ search engines with ones that display ads.

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What damage can Watcher do to my computer?

Developed by large companies, viruses like Watcher are mostly legal products that hackers use to make money on the ads that Watcher displays on infected computers.

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What are the main symptoms of Watcher?

High network activity
Unusual browser settings
Pop-up windows

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Can Watcher spread to other computers?

As a rule, Watcher requires user interaction and cannot automatically infect other computers on your local network or by using the same USB-disk on additional computers. There may be exceptions, though.

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Countries with the highest Watcher infection rates.

US

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The first recorded appearance of Watcher

2016-02-22

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