Trusted Saver (TrustedSaver)
Trusted Saver, also referred to as TrustedSaver or the Trusted Saver virus is malware categorized as adware and a browser hijacker that primarily installs to a computer system and attaches to internet browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer without user consent or knowledge. Trusted Saver, alongside third-party malware changes existing internet browser settings including the home page and default search engine, causing unwanted browser redirects, and also displays unwanted pop-up, in-text, and drop down-deal/coupon advertisements.
When Trusted Saver malware is installed, Trusted Saver mainly displays advertisements in a drop-down menu with a star logo and links to allegedly found coupons and deals. The Trusted Saver advertisements will appear when searching the web for items including electronic goods, and Trusted Saver pop-ups will contain fraudulent coupons relative to the searched or view material or items. Trusted Saver may appear in a drop-down menu and state that there is a a numerical amount of “Coupons & Deals Found!.” Links contained in Trusted Saver coupons and deals have been reported to initiate the download of malicious payloads or promote unethical websites and software including scareware. On a lesser-scale, Trusted Saver may promote non-beneficial links.
If Trusted Saver and third-party malware is installed to your computer system your privacy is at risk. The TrustedSaver hijacker, sometimes referred to as Trusted Saver Toolbar (etc.) and associated parties have been known to collect and distribute user information without direct user knowledge. In some cases victims have complained of being added to marketing and mailing lists without consent. Victims have received email spam, junk mail, and telephone calls from telemarketers relative to computing and browsing activity. In a more harsh scenario, browser hijackers and similar forms of malware are a concern for their relations to credit theft, extortion, and identity theft, among other crimes.
How does Trusted Saver (TrustedSaver) infect a computer?
The TrustedSaver add-on and extension can be manually and voluntarily installed from a variety of locations, but is noted to download and install without user consent or knowledge. Trusted Saver may bundle with downloadable items including freeware, shareware, and even torrents. In some cases, these parties have not detailed that their downloadable item will install additional software; in other cases a user is given the opportunity to accept or decline installing Trusted Saver alongside third-party software.
Trusted Saver malware can also be contracted via links contained in advertisements and compromised social media content.
If Trusted Saver and third-party items are installed to your computer, it is recommended to immediately remove the items using the removal instructions below.
How to remove the Trusted Saver virus
- Automatically remove Trusted Saver malware – Scan for and automatically remove Trusted Saver and third-party malware
- Manually remove Trusted Saver – Remove/Uninstall TrustedSaver software and third-party malware
1. Automatic Trusted Saver removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove the Trusted Saver browser hijacker and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your internet browsers.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall Trusted Saver and associated third-party software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.
4. To automatically uninstall Trusted Saver and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for Trusted Saver, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual Trusted Saver removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall Trusted Saver and third-party software using generic Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall Trusted Saver
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs search for Trusted Saver (TrustedSaver) and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
How to remove Trusted Saver add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove Trusted Saver Toolbar add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party items.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the TrustedSaver extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the TrustedSaver add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the TrustedSaver add-on and remove it if located.