SAntivirus is an unwanted program installed on users’ computers without their knowledge (usually together with other software bundles). SAntivirus can change the settings of your home or work network by using them for its own purposes and make your system vulnerable to other malicious threats.
A Trojan virus can generally be used for several purposes. First of all, these threats operate very subtly. You may not be aware of the contamination before the virus completes its harmful agenda. In many cases, the actual time of contamination and the time of the attack may not be the same because it is common for the Trojan to wait quietly and patiently until it received commands from its developers. Once that happens, the virus will fulfill its malicious plans and will leave the device corrupted, heavily compromised, or completely destroyed.
At this post, however, we will try to help you avoid these dreadful consequences and remove SAntivirus before it manages to complete its evil plans. Just keep on reading and you will find out how to do that.
Santivirus Realtime Protection Lite
Santivirus Realtime Protection Lite is a potentially harmful program advertised as an anti-virus solution. Santivirus Realtime Protection Lite is a harmful program that can typically be found in C:\Program Files\SAntivirus\santivirusclient.exe and reports suggest that it is associated with SEGURAZO.EXE.
The Santivirus Realtime Protection Lite’s creators want you to believe that SAntivirus can scan your computer and detect security vulnerabilities, remove computer viruses, and protect your system from any web attacks.
The Santivirus Realtime Protection Lite can tamper with the system’s registry, firewall, and Internet settings, cause BSOD crashes and add new startup elements without permission. Santivirusclient.exe could also block your security programs and allow more malware to get downloaded.
The sources of Trojans may vary, but most commonly they can be found inside spam email messages and their malicious attachments or inside some cracked software installers. Another secret location where threats like SAntivirus may hide is in malicious pop-up ads, false on-screen warnings and notifications, and infected web links – you get infected automatically if you click on any of those.
Luckily, such malware can be successfully removed if you carefully follow certain removal steps and scan your computer with a reliable security program. To do that, scroll down and you will see our free detailed removal guide that provides a quick and efficient resolution of your situation.
What is SAntivirus?
SAntivirus is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). SAntivirus penetrates your device, either downloaded in a package with popular programs or included in a file accompanied by other Trojans.
A Trojan, as we said above, could be programmed to perform different damaging activities on your computer. For instance, the attack of this virus may result in loss of critical data, hard drive formatting, and system file alterations, which can make your PC useless. Sometimes, the hackers may simply have fun by infecting computers with Trojans and destroying them entirely or merely crippling them so that users become helpless and confused.
Such threats, however, could be used for much more “useful” criminal purposes. The distribution of other malware and viruses is one of them. Hackers make extensive use of the Trojans’ ability to hack into a device without being detected and to secretly insert Ransomware or Spyware. For instance, SAntivirus may try to introduce a Ransomware version inside your PC and allow it to encode your information so that the extortionists behind it can demand ransom from you. SAntivirus could also be used to turn your device into a bot and allow hackers to exploit your system’s resources. They can send spam on behalf of your PC or mine cryptocurrencies or do something else, usually illegal, on your PC’s behalf. This is an awkward situation because you could potentially be convicted of something criminal you never did yourself.
|Danger Level||High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Trojans may slow-down your machine, delete or corrupt your data, cause, errors, freezes, crashes, and so on.|
|Distribution Method||Spam letters, pirated content, and misleading malvertisements are the usual suspects here.|
Some threats reinstall themselves if you don't delete their core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to remove harmful programs for you. This may save you hours and ensure you don't harm your system by deleting the wrong files.
To try and remove Santivirus quickly you can try this:
- Go to your browser’s settings and select More Tools (or Add-ons, depending on your browser).
- Then click on the Extensions tab.
- Look for the Santivirus extension (as well as any other unfamiliar ones).
- Remove Santivirus by clicking on the Thrash Bin icon next to its name.
- Confirm and get rid of Santivirus and any other suspicious items.
If this does not work as described please follow our more detailed Santivirus removal guide below.
Windows SAntivirus Removal Guide
Step 1. Enter Safe Mode (Optional)
Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
Step 2. Find Unwanted Processes
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details”
Tab on Win 8 and 10).
Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
Right click on each of them and select Open File Location.
Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner to determine which are dangerous:
After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders.
Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections.
Step 3. Remove SAntivirus From Start Up Location
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up
You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.
Startup > Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.
Hold the Start Key and R – copy + paste the following and click OK:
Step 4. IP and DNS Settings
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 and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
Step 6. Remove SAntivirus From All Registries
Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.
Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up 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
If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free
online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!