How to remove WinSAPSvc (Virus Removal Guide)

What is WinSAPSvc?

WinSAPSvc is recognized as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) due to the fact that it utilizes unethical marketing tactics in order to infect a victim’s computer system. Once the program has infiltrated a computer it will collect personal user data, send the data to an unknown location, and spawn advertisements inside an open internet browser window. The potentially unwanted program will download and install alongside other potentially unwanted programs, malware, and malicious files that can initiate additional privacy-related and system-related performance issues.

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Overview

Name Distribution
WinSAPSvc version 1.2.0.4, WinSAPSvc virus Malware, Freeware

WinSAPSvc is a potentially unwanted program that downloads and installs without prior user knowledge and consent and alongside deceptive third-party programs. The unwanted program can be introduced to a machine by freeware and other free downloadable content. Third-party download managers are also a way this program can be distributed.

WinSAPSvc

The program will also use a large amount of system resources once it is installed and this can can cause a computer to become slower and malfunction. The program will run a process named WinSAPSvc (32 bit).exe, create an icon on Windows Desktop, and schedule a new startup tasks in Windows Task Manager to run every time Windows starts once it is successfully installed.

In addition to the issues previously mentioned, the potentially unwanted program is associated with these other symptoms:

  • Pop-up ads, pop-under ads, in-text ads, and banner advertisements
  • Sponsored search results and new advertisements that appear when you search the web
  • Modified homepage, new tab page, and search engine
  • Slow and sluggish computer
  • Internet browser crash

One of the biggest concerns with the WinSAPSvc program for Windows is that it bundles along with and is advertised alongside other potentially unwanted programs, malware, and potentially malicious trace files that can remain hidden on a computer system. If a victim did not install WinSAPSvc but find it installed on their computer it is likely that the threat was part of a package alongside other malicious objects that should be removed as soon as possible.

Removal Software

Name Detection Download
Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium PUP.Optional.WinSAPSvc Buy
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free PUP.Optional.WinSAPSvc Download (Free)
HitmanPro by Surfright [Threat_Name] Download (Free)

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Troubleshoot

How to uninstall WinSAPSvc from Windows

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel (or Programs and Features).

2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program (in earlier versions of Windows this is called Add and remove programs).

3. Double click the WinSAPSvc program in the list of installed programs to begin the uninstall process.

How to restore your computer

If a restore point has previously been established on your machine you will be able to perform a system restore in order to restore your machine to a date and time before it was infected. You will lose files on your computer that were obtained prior to the restore point.

There are several options to restore your computer. Most computers have their own restore software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default restore program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

How to recover your computer to factory settings

A system recovery (or reset) will recover your computer to factory settings. You will lose the current programs and files on your computer.

There are several options to recover your computer to factory settings. Most computers have their own recovery software that can be found by performing a search. Additionally, computers that run the Windows Operating System have a default recovery program that can also be found by performing a search.

A boot screen that can be used to access options to restore your computer can be reached by rebooting your computer and pressing the F8 key once the manufacture screen is displayed.

How to protect your computer against future threats

The key to staying protected against future infections is to follow guidelines and take advantage of reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware security software with real-time protection.

Real-time security software

Security software like Malwarebytes and Vipre Antivirus have real-time features that can block malicious files before they spread across your computer. These programs bundled together can establish a wall between your computer and cyber criminals.

Guidelines
  • Backup your computer and personal files to an external drive or online backup service
  • Create a restore point on your computer in case you need to restore your computer to a date before infection
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs you are not familiar with
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs from websites you are not familiar with – some websites use their own download manager to bundle additional programs with the initial download
  • Avoid visiting fake “spyware removal” blogs and websites that promote “spyware removal software.” These are usually malicious websites designed to phish your personal information, infect your computer with a rogue program and trick you into paying for rogue “spyware removal software.”
  • If you plan to download and install freeware, open source software, or shareware make sure to be alert when you install the object and read all the instructions presented by the download manager
  • Avoid torrents and P2P clients
  • Do not open email messages from senders you do not know

Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.