This page aims to help you remove Winsaber.exe . These Winsaber.exe removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.
If you have a problem with some strange pop-ups and banners that appear on your screen every time you open your browser, then you are most probably facing an adware program. In case that most of the ads you see come with a small text stating “Ads generated by Winsaber.exe ” then, the source of your disturbance could be a program called that. On this page, we are going to help you successfully remove it from your PC and permanently stop the ads from appearing. To do that, below you will find a detailed removal guide with screenshots and exact instructions that would help you find the right files and manually delete them. But before that, let us first give you a detailed explanation about what exactly this program is used for and how it operates.
Ads and banners all over your screen – how did you get them?
Online advertisements are widely distributed and one of the tools that helps them get displayed is called Adware. This is a piece of software that is specially designed to generate huge amounts of ads and constantly display them on the user’s screen. Winsaber.exe is a typical program with adware behavior and is often used to aggressively showcase numerous ads, banners, links, pop-ups, promotional messages and pages the moment that the browser is opened. Such programs usually get installed on your system unnoticed and the most probable way you can get them is when you install some new software, usually distributed for free. Free installation packages very often come bundled with additional components such as Winsaber.exe and once you run the wizard you may get them installed along without noticing. Another way to end up with ad-generating software is from spam emails, torrents, online offers, free applications, open source sites and free sharing platforms, etc. It is very likely that you come across them since the web is really flooded with ads, however in order to make them operate in your system, you would need to manually run the installation package they are bundled in.
What activities can adware perform while on your machine?
When installed, Winsaber.exe easily integrates its ad-generating component with the default browser at use. What you may notice as a result is that your settings may be changed – the homepage could be different than the one you set, when you try to search something your searches may be redirected somewhere else or instead of showing you the exact item you browse, a series of banners, pop-ups, and new page tabs may appear on the screen. Some programs of this type may silently collect information about the history of your searches, the websites you visit and the words you type. By doing so, the developers behind the adware may try to optimize the ads that are displayed according to your interests. For example, you may notice that if you search for summer holiday locations on Google, the next time you type something the adware may display dozens of ads and hot offers for summer holidays, pop-ups and call-to-action buttons for vacation packages or new tabs with vacation promotions.
This may not really sound so bad and could be actually quite a useful service. However, if the ads keep popping up every few minutes, and every time you try to close them they come up again and again, they easily may turn into a serious irritation. Your normal browsing may be interrupted or become totally impossible. The ads-displaying activity may run in the background and use some amount of your valuable CPU resources while bombarding you with dozens of popping messages. As a result, your system may run slower than usual. Also, some of your internet bandwidths may be eaten up when Winsaber.exe is loading the ads or transmitting data. Therefore, removing this program from your system may seem like a good option to save yourself from all these undesired actions.
Is adware dangerous?
Judging by the name many of our readers have given Winsaber.exe “virus” you might think you are dealing with a full-pledged computer virus. However this is not the case and Winsaber.exe “Virus” is merely an adware based program.The above-described activity is usually referred to as suspicious by many users who face adware for the first time. They may often think of Winsaber.exe as a virus infection and try to scan it with their antivirus. However, the antivirus won’t detect it because adware is not a virus. As irritating as it could be, it cannot perform malicious activities on your machine and won’t do any major harm that could make you be concerned. Malware such as Ransomware, Trojans or viruses, on the other hand, may give you some real high blood pressure when breaking through your system. Encrypting your files, spying on you, stealing your data or corrupting your system are just a few of the things these online threats can do. Winsaber.exe , however, is absolutely not capable of incorporating any such system attack and at its best could only be referred to as a source of a browsing disturbance.
In case you really find this program annoying, you can easily follow the manual removal steps in the guide below. With our detailed instructions, we believe you will be able to identify Winsaber.exe with ease and successfully clean your system from this adware. Once you are done with this, don’t forget to ensure your maximum PC protection with a good antimalware program and avoid installing new software without checking the advanced options in the wizard. This single step would prevent any bundles from getting installed unnoticed and would help you keep your system adware-free.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Excessive amount of undesired ads, banners, pop-ups and links keep interrupting your browsing activity.|
|Distribution Method||Adware could be found in software bundles, spam emails, torrents, online offers, free applications, open source sites and free sharing platforms, etc.|
|Detection Tool||Winsaber.exe may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
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 – Winsaber.exe 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.
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.
Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.
- Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click Properties.
- The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
- Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.
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 Winsaber.exe from Internet Explorer:
Open IE, click —–> Manage Add-ons.
Find the threat —> Disable. Go to —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.
Remove Winsaber.exe from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove Winsaber.exe 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 threat 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 dangerous. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the problematic processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then 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 threat’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
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