Short bio

Trojan.Wdfload is Malwarebytes’ generic detection name for a family of adware Trojans that are also known as SearchMaster.

Type and source of infection

Trojan.Wdfload injects advertisements in search results and into websites. The advertisements are usually of the kind that regular websites will refuse: tech support scams, surveys, porn, and other dubious redirects. Trojan.Wdfload is usually installed by bundlers.


Malwarebytes protects users from Trojan.Wdfload by using real-time protection.

block Trojan.Wdfload

Malwarebytes blocks Trojan.Wdfload


Malwarebytes can detect and remove Trojan.Wdfload without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that All Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

Malwarebytes removal log

The file names used by Trojan.Wdfload are semi-random but an example of a removal guide for Wdfload can be found on our forums.

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