What is wdengine.dll?
Wdengine.dll is a spyware file that is installed on your system along with WildTangent, which is an online gaming plugin. WildTangent is also a classified adware and may generate continuous pop-up advertisements on your computer.
WildTangent is included in AOL Messenger version 5.5 or above. It also comes bundled with many games or WinAmp plugins.
One of the most common errors associated with the malicious Wdengine.dll file is:
?This application has failed to start because WDENGINE.dll was not found.
Re-installing the application may fix this problem.?
Cause of the Error
This ?wdengine.dll not found? error usually occurs due to partial installation of WildTangent.
If you do not plan to use WildTangent in the future, you can repair the above error by removing WildTangent completely from your system.
To manually remove WildTangent from your system, you need to complete the following tasks:
- Kill the processes associated with WildTangent.
- Delete all its files.
- Unregister the DLLs associated with WildTangent.
- Delete the registry entries related to WildTangent.
Step 1. Open the Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys. Next on the Processes tab, select the following processes one-by-one and click End Process.
Step 2. Use the built-in Search utility to locate and delete the following files from your system:
Step 3. Run the regsr32 /u DllName command to unregister the following DLLs associated with WildTorrent:
Step 4. Finally, to ensure complete removal of WildTorrent, you need to remove its registry entries. To achieve this, open the Registry Editor window by running the "regedit" command and then delete the following registry entries:
Note: The following steps require you to edit the registry. Do not edit the registry if you are uncomfortable in working with registry because even a single mistake can cause irreparable damage to your registry and system.
Also, before making the prescribed changes, make a registry backup, as this will allow you to restore the registry in case any problem arises. You can backup the registry manually or use a reliable tool, such as RegServe, for this purpose. Note to Miles: Please use a scrollable text box here.
First navigate to ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Run’ and then delete the ‘wcmdmgr’ entry.
Next, search for and delete the following entries.
The manual removal process can be a daunting task for many. Therefore, it is recommended that you use either the Add or Remove Programs utility or a reliable third-party tool, such as Perfect Uninstaller, to uninstall WildTangent.
After uninstalling WildTangent, run a thorough malware scan of your entire system, using a reliable protective software, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease to ensure that all malicious files that are associated with this software are also removed.
Lastly, use a robust registry cleaner to thoroughly scan and eliminate any entries related to this adware from your computer.