The Wearedevs Virus: What It Is and How to Remove It

Exploits can cause more trouble than they are worth

A conceptual illustration of the WeAreDevs virus destroying a laptop computer.

Theresa Chiechi / Lifewire 

Did you download a hack for your favorite game recently from WeAreDevs.net? You might have unwittingly downloaded an exploit at the same time and your computer could now be highly compromised.

WeAreDevs was created by a Roblox power user. He is known primarily for the free hacks he provides for that game on his site.

What Is the WeAreDevs Virus?

This is another example of a so-called virus that really doesn't fit the definition of most computer viruses. It's not even malware, actually. But it still can be dangerous: When downloading a hack from that site, you could have easily downloaded an exploit, too.

Exploits are known tools of cybercriminals designed to take advantage of any security weaknesses on your computer. Because the exploit could have been downloaded from the WeAreDevs site, it is called the WeAreDevs virus when it can be traced back to that site.

How Does the WeAreDevs Virus Work?

Once installed on your computer, an exploit helps actual viruses and malware infiltrate your system. It's just a small piece of software or bit of code but it basically forces open any gaps on your system and lets malware easily pass through.

Exploits typically work by allowing the malware to redirect you to a compromised website with invisible landing pages that hide behind the one you see or malicious ads pop up that seem so innocent you willingly click on them. Some of these ads are so malicious that you don't even need to click on them; they scan your system for vulnerabilities and attack with ransomware or other threats.

An exploit is not malware; it is software that scans your system for vulnerabilities and opens the door for malware to enter your system.

How Do I Know If I Have an Exploit From WeAreDevs?

It's difficult to spot these. However, if you have used the site and then notice that your favorite game won't load, you're being redirected to unexpected websites, or you're seeing an excessive amount of pop-up ads, you could have downloaded an exploit from the site that then opened the door to any type of threat.

Impacted games are almost always related in some way to Roblox. Those can include but are not limited to:

  • Roblox
  • Meep City
  • Work at a Pizza Place
  • Parkour Sim
  • Auto Rap Battles

How Did I Get This Virus?

WeAreDevs offers hacking tools that manipulate games of all kinds. Users report that downloads from the site tend to include a lot of bloatware (also known as shovelware), which is where tiny bits of software like exploits like to hide. If you turned off your antivirus software while installing one of the hacks, as is recommended, then it slipped right by you.

The reason people disable their antivirus when using this site is because some tools can't be downloaded when antivirus is enabled. That's because of the way that these hacking tools work: They purposely disguise your actions to allow you to do things you can't normally do in a game, such as continuous jumping or the ability to teleport in a game where you don't have that option. Because of these manipulations to gaming software code, antivirus software falsely marks them as viruses or malware and blocks them from downloading.

In an attempt to get the download, people will typically disable the antivirus for a short time. That instantly opens the door for the exploit.

How Do I Get Rid of the WeAreDevs Virus?

Your best bet to remove devious software like this is to enable a strong antivirus software program that can tackle a wide variety of threats. Depending on your system and how compromised it is, this disinfection process can take several hours to complete. You have other options, too.

  1. If you don't want to use an antivirus program to remove the threat, you can do it manually. Be sure to take it off any networks it might be connected to and don’t rely on just disabling the network via software. You need to physically remove the network cable from the computer and disable the Wi-Fi connection by turning off the physical Wi-Fi switch and/or by removing the Wi-Fi adapter (if at all possible).

  2. You can also try to manually remove the exploit simply by uninstalling specific apps related to it. Both Windows and MacOS have clear ways to uninstall apps you no longer want to use. Once the suspected program is removed, run your antivirus software again to see if the warning still appears. This step is sometimes difficult since you won't always know exactly which program held the exploit, much less which one the malware infected. 

  3. If you've tried using antivirus to remove the threat but your program is still giving you warnings, you could have what's known as a  persistent malware infection that causes the virus to keep coming back repeatedly. In that case, however, both antivirus and anti-malware will be needed to remove these types of infections.

How Can I Avoid Getting the WeAreDevs Virus Again?

There's plenty you can do to avoid problems in the future and avoid viruses or other threats.

Exploits often enter your system when it doesn't have the latest updates installed, so it's critical that you install updates and patches to plug system vulnerabilities when recommended. In Windows, most patches, fixes, and hotfixes are made available via Windows Update. Microsoft typically releases their security-related patches once per month on Patch Tuesday. Linux users can apply patches, too, and Mac users can get updates from the App Store.

Other programs that don't update regularly, or don't update automatically, will need to have their patches installed manually. One easy way to check for patches is to use a free software updater tool.

Other ways you can lower your chances of infection:

  • Don't download game hacks.
  • Keep your antivirus programs up-to-date.
  • Don't open unexpected email attachments.
  • Confirm the source when downloading new programs.
  • Quickly leave sites you weren't expecting to land on.
  • Never click pop-up ads.