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If you have recently come into contact with SAntivirusWD.exe, you are among the thousands of web users who have gotten infected with this horrible computer threat, categorized as a Trojan Horse. SAntivirusWD.exe is targeting the unsuspecting victims, who carelessly browse the web, and is lurking in various web locations.
The reason SAntivirusWD.exe is so common is that it can perform an incredible range of harmful activities, which makes it a favorite tool for hacking. As a typical Trojan, SAntivirusWD.exe is also among the sneakiest pieces of malware, which is a great advantage for the criminals who use it. On this page, however, we will do our best to help you remove this infection from your system, and advise you on how to protect it in the future.
What can a threat like SAntivirusWD.exe do?
The Trojans are notoriously difficult to identify (sometimes even impossible without the help of reliable security software), making them a challenging malware to deal with. They operate in complete stealth, and they rarely show visible symptoms. This is the reason the victims come to know about their presence in the system only after they have carried out their malicious activities.
There are many ways in which those threats can cause harm. They may vary from purely destructive criminal activities, to money-related activities, hijacking the infected computers and beyond. Corrupting or destroying your information is one of the actions a Trojan can be programmed to carry out. This could be accomplished by formatting the entire hard disk, or by corrupting the information stored on it. In some cases, system errors, and sudden crashes are also not excluded.
What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:
From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to SAntivirusWD.exe.
If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to SAntivirusWD.exe.
If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.
Remove SAntivirusWD.exe from Chrome
Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
Go to more tools
Now select extensions
Remove the SAntivirusWD.exe extension
Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to SAntivirusWD.exe and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
How to get rid of SAntivirusWD.exe on FF/Edge/etc.
Open the browser and select the menu icon.
From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
Look for the SAntivirusWD.exe extension
Get rid of SAntivirusWD.exe by removing it from extensions
If using Firefox:
Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.
If using MS Edge/IE:
Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “SAntivirusWD.exe” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.
How to Delete SAntivirusWD.exe
Open task manager
Look for the SAntivirusWD.exe process
Select it and click on End task
Open the file location to delete SAntivirusWD.exe
Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
If you don’t see a “SAntivirusWD.exe” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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This file is not matched with any known malware in the database. You can either do a full real-time scan of the file or skip it to upload a new file. Doing a full scan with 64 antivirus programs can take up to 3-4 minutes per file.
Each file will be scanned with up to 64 antivirus programs to ensure maximum accuracy
If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.
How to Uninstall SAntivirusWD.exe
Click on the home button
Search for Startup Apps
Look for SAntivirusWD.exe in there
Uninstall SAntivirusWD.exe from Startup Apps by turning it off
Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any SAntivirusWD.exe-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat.
Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found.
After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to SAntivirusWD.exe in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
You’d be surprised to find out how many elaborate mechanisms a threat like SAntivirusWD.exe, Santivirus, Pinaview can use to spy on you. Keylogging, webcam and mic hacking (meaning you can be spied upon through your own webcam, and microphone), screen tracking, and remote computer control are a few of them. The main goal of the malware here is to collect your personal data, as well as your online banking, and login details, as well as other information related to your money, and accounts. There is no need to say that, with this information in their hands, the hackers can easily drain your bank accounts, log into your online profiles, steal your identity, or blackmail you. It’s not unusual for the crooks to also turn your computer into a bot, and use it remotely to perform different tasks. These could range from infecting other computers in the same network, distributing spam, viruses and malware, to attacking more devices, and exploiting the system’s resources. This kind of malware oftentimes operates as a Ransomware-distribution tool, and is often used as a portal to your system for Ransomware. Unfortunately, in almost all of these cases, you will probably have no idea what is happening on your machine while the Trojan operates. That’s why it is best to quickly scan your computer, and remove any possible traces that could be related to SAntivirusWD.exe before it unleashes its full potential upon your system.
About the author
Lidia is a web content creator with years of experience in the cyber-security sector. She helps readers with articles on malware removal and online security. Her strive for simplicity and well-researched information provides users with easy-to-follow It-related tips and step-by-step tutorials.