This page aims to help you remove WinSAPSvc “Virus”. These WinSAPSvc “Virus” removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Edge as well as every version of Windows.
You have ended up on this page probably because you have been experiencing some unwanted and seemingly stubborn ads while you have been trying to browse the Internet. Fortunately, our article is here to help you learn more details about the program causing those advertising campaigns – WinSAPSvc, and about possible ways to remove it or simply stay away from it. Let’s start with some…
General information about WinSAPSvc “Virus”
WinSAPSvc is an ad-producing program, a member of the family of Adware. In fact, all ad-generating software is known under the name Adware. So what we should point out is that WinSAPSvc is not really a “Virus”. Most Adware can get incorporated into all popular browsers, such as Opera, Firefox and Chrome. Some Adware products might be easy to deal with, while others may require deeper understanding of the problem. It is true that WinSAPSvc produces as many ads as it can. However, you might not know that such a mass production of pop-ups and banners is actually legitimate. This is a largely exploited practice called pay per click. All vendors who want to advertise their products pay amazing amounts of money to the developers of Adware so that they are guaranteed as many ads as possible. They believe that the more often you happen to see their products, the bigger the chances are of buying them.
Another important thing you should know about WinSAPSvc and all other versions of Adware is that they are not malicious. We are not talking about viruses here, only about ad-producing software that makes a lot of money for its creators. While viruses is capable of stealing from you, using and copying your account and banking credentials, spying on you or destroying your entire system, and even extorting money from you as ransomware does; Adware CAN’T do that. WinSAPSvc could only research your personal tastes using your surfing history. The reason for that is the desire of its creators to offer you only ads that you might really like.
In spite of Adware’s seemingly harmless nature, it might still behave questionably at times. For example, you may be wondering how exactly you have ended up with an infected system. The possible answers to that question may be many. For example, WinSAPSvc could be spread as a part of torrents, emails, attachments, websites and software bundles. The so-called software bundles distribute that kind of ad-displaying software most often. They are mixtures of programs that are distributed for free. And there is nothing disturbing at that point. However, you may get into trouble if you download and install such a bundle in a way that is not correct. Such a way is choosing the wrong installation step: never select the TYPICAL, QUICK or DEFAULT setting. Always try to go with the more detailed CUSTOMIZED or ADVANCED one. On the one hand, it is true that WinSAPSvc sometimes uses shady methods of distribution, but on the other hand, it depends on you to let it on your PC. Other possible negative effects of WinSAPSvc might be a considerable slowdown in the performance of your system as a whole because of the big number of the generated ads. Sometimes some of the ads might actually lead you to web pages with suspicious content.
Can we actually remove WinSAPSvc from our systems?
Fortunately, the answer to that question is yes. Sometimes it may take some expertise and time, but you can uninstall that program from your machine. What’s more, we have even assembled a functional removal guide to help you do that. Just scroll to the end of the article and you will see it. The instructions have been carefully prepared with the single purpose to assist you in the removal process of this Adware.
Let’s talk about prevention
As you all know, the simplest way to stay away from an issue is to prevent it from happening. That’s why you should always strive to enhance and keep the health of your PC on a good level. Doing this is not that difficult. For example, you can always turn on and update your anti-virus program and Firewall. It’s easy and helps a lot. Another useful piece of advice is to be careful with the places that you choose to visit online. If your anti-malware tool is warning you about a possible threat on any website, avoid that website. One more thing – do not install anything that you don’t find extremely useful on your machine, as it might have more bad than good effects.
|Danger Level||Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)|
|Symptoms||Many ads might be disturbing your surfing experience.|
|Distribution Method||May vary from a torrent to a spam email; from a website to a software bundle.|
|Detection Tool||WinSAPSvc may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
WinSAPSvc “Virus” Removal
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 – WinSAPSvc 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 WinSAPSvc 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 WinSAPSvc from Firefox:
Open Firefox, click ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.
Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
Remove WinSAPSvc 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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