Trojan.win32.Save.a is one of the latest computer threats that can be encountered online. Trojan.win32.Save.a belongs to the Trojan Horses category, and you’ve likely already heard about this malware category, as its representatives are some of the most common forms of malware out there. detected by multiple anti virus programs.

They make up a whopping 70% of all the malware that circulates the web. It is no surprise that those threats are so ridiculously common, as the Trojans are extremely versatile when it comes to the way they can harm you, as well as the way they can sneak inside your computer. You will not even understand that you have been infected with Trojan.win32.Save.a in most instances, unless you have a reliable security program that can detect it.
Nevertheless, do not let any of this discourage you, as we have created a special removal guide to assist you with locating, and removing this dangerous infection from your system. The steps listed here are simple, and easy to follow, but in case you need some automatic assistance, you can use the professional removal tool linked in the guide.

The different uses of Trojan.win32.Save.a.

Their broad variety of uses is what makes threats like Trojan.win32.Save.a, ICBundler, Presenoker so successful, and popular among the criminal circles. Those threats can format your drives, causing the loss of all of the data stored on the computer. In other cases, if the hackers that broke into your PC are more about stealing your data, than just deleting it, they can do that too. Or, they can memorize the information you enter using your keyboard by implementing methods such as keylogging. The acquired information can involve payment details, passwords, and login credentials, or it can be private data that can be sold or used for identity theft, blackmailing, and so on. With the help of infections like Trojan.win32.Save.a, the crooks can also monitor your screen, which means all you see on it will be seen by them as well. Not to mention that they can secretly hack into your webcam, and microphone, record videos of your room, and take note of anything precious that you might have in your home.
Another common use of the Trojans is inserting other malware into your system. You may have heard the term “Ransomware” – a type of malicious programs used to encode your files, and then request ransom payment in return for the restored access to the locked data. In many cases, the Ransomware is downloaded to the system with the help of a Trojan Horse which operates as a backdoor. Therefore, it is very important to scan your system for such threats, and remove them immediately, before they have accomplished their criminal purposes.

Another important thing to know is that hackers like distributing Trojans, and other viruses via emails, different spam messages, and harmful links. The harmful payload would typically be disguised as a regular email, or even as a genuine-looking message from some institution. It will try to trick you into downloading the attached file, or clicking on a given link, which will silently inject the infection. Trojans like Trojan.win32.Save.a are also known to be embedded in seemingly harmless Word, and PDF documents, so don’t get tricked by the looks. Another frequently used technique of distribution is through software bundling, where the malware is bundled inside the installer of a free or desirable program (usually pirated programs). A good security program, however, may be able to detect those threats, and take the necessary actions to remove them.


Detection Tool

Remove Trojan.win32.Save.a

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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).



Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. 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:

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    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. 



    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 or otherwise look suspicious.

    • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    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:

    hosts_opt (1)


    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.



    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Once 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 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—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      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!


    About the author


    Lidia Howler

    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.

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