This article aims to help users remove Save Pages Virus from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, as well as their respective system. “como remover Save Pages” or just “remover save pages”, “como excluir Save Pages” and “desinstalar Save Pages” are things we were flooded with yesterday and we decided to respond immediately. Hopefully, non-english speaking users will not have too much of a difficulty in following our guide.
If your computer has been infected by Save Pages Virus then you certainly have a reason to worry because Save Pages Virus is a virus fitting the Adware variety. Fortunately this is not a very dangerous virus if handled properly and if you follow our instruction you should be able to get rid of it without any lasting damage.
The first thing that is important to understand is that Save Pages Virus creates advertisements and these Ads are not capable of directly harming your computer. Instead the Ads will promote all kinds of stuff and if you try to follow them they can take you to dangerous virus-infected websites that can try phishing out your credit card numbers, passwords and more. Alternatively if that plan fails Save Pages Virus can also try to trick you into installing another virus on your computer. For these reasons it’s very important to ignore the Ads and anything else that the Save Pages Virus offers you. This is especially true for any free installations of any kind.
Be careful, Save Pages Virus is not shy of creating fake messages claiming non-existent problems with your computer. We’ve seen reports about missing plug-ins, required video codecs or players, fake warning messages about virus installations and a ton of other crap. All of this is absolutely fake and the only reason for it’s existence is to manipulate you into downloading the “fix” program Save Pages Virus will offer you and the virus that goes with it.
How was your PC infected in the first place?
The most common methods evolve running an infected executable file or through a software bundle. Remember that downloading and running executable files (ending with .exe) is a risky business when those files are downloaded from unsafe locations. This includes all kinds of forums, torrents, storage sites and whatever else that is different from the official owner site of the program.
Program bundles are when you have an installer for a program that installs additional applications besides the main one. For this reason try to always select the advanced installation option on anything you run and carefully read what will be installed. The safest course of action is to deny access to anything you don’t really need or looks suspicious.
|Symptoms||Unwanted Ads and Toolbars, search engine redirects.|
|Distribution Method||Software bundles, Email attachments, online Ads, infected torrent files.|
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs and check MS Config.
3: Check your hosts file and domain network for being hacked.
4:Remove Save Pages Virus from Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
5: Remove Save Pages Virus from Task Manager’s processes.
6: Remove the virus from Regedit.
Remove Save Pages
Now we’ll begin the removal process itself. There is one important bit of info you need to know beforehand. Save Pages Virus exists in different versions and the later iterations require more steps to remove then the older ones. This is so because virus makes constantly tweak and improve their viruses and release the new versions along the old ones. This guide will help you remove ANY version of Save Pages Virus, but some parts might be redundant if you have an older Save Pages Virus on your computer.
Run each step in turn and if in any step you don’t see Save Pages Virus listed for removal as described don’t worry and just move forward to the next step because of the reasons explained above.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This was the first preparation.
- Do not skip this – Save Pages Virus may have hidden some of its files.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.
In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like the picture below. If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a Domain Network (check here if you don’t know what that is), contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.
Save Pages Virus has most certainly infected ALL of your internet browsers.You should apply these steps for every browser on your computer. Be wary though – when you try to remove Save Pages Virus is can launch all kind of fake messages about non-existing problems, offers or just about anything else. This is the last line of defenses for the virus and it will try to install a different virus file on your computer via false pretenses. Ignore this final trap and remove it for good.
Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.
NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).
Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.
Remove the Malware from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the malware —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Save Pages Virus from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Save Pages Virus from Chrome:
Close Chrome. Navigate to:
C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:
Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.
- At this point the malware is gone from Chrome, but complete the entire guide or it may reappear on a system reboot.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
A BIG WARNING! READ THIS BEFORE PROCEEDING!
And now we have the most important and difficult step, so be extremely careful. Doing this wrong can damage your OS significantly, especially if you make a big mistake. It is absolutely understandable if you are not feeling comfortable with it and decide to play it safe by downloading a professional Save Pages Virus remover. After all afterwards you can also use it to scan your computer for other dangerous viruses and you can also rely on it’s protection against the worst threats that can steal your credit card number, passwords and other sensitive data without you realizing until it’s too late.
Right click on each of the virus processes and select Open File Location, then End the process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!