Today we’re looking at a pain in the A** malware that people are calling “savenewappz”
It’s a fairly simple thing to get rid of, please read on.
According to ITworldGuide, a company that has been in the business of providing pc users with a remedy for computer viruses, malware, and adware threats for ten years, SaveNewaAppz is an adware invader with malicious intentions.
It is generally accepted that this bugger becomes one with your computer as freeware is installed or when an unsuspecting person becomes interested in one of those flashing “You have won/been picked!” boxes and clicks on it. Sometimes it masquerades as an update to Adobe or Java encouraging the user to click on the pop up notice which leads to, you guessed it, not an update but an installation of this PUP (potentially unwanted program).
Once it plugs into the user’s web browser for IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc…it will begin to run as a background process. SaveNewaAppz then displays ads, web pages, and numerous pop ups at its own discretion. Since SaveNewaAppz is an ad supported program, it must generate pay per click revenue and web traffic for its third party investors or it ceases to produce the money necessary to exist. These ad producers are after as much information as possible related to the user’s online habits and personal information. They then use the gathered info in whatever way they deem profitable.
It stands to reason that the user should remove SavewNewAappz as it is realized that it has been downloaded and installed. There are three choices when considering the removal. The pc owner can take their computer to a professional who will perform the necessary extraction(s) and follow that with a scan for any other viruses, Trojans, or malware that might have been attracted to your computer while SaveNewaAppz was languishing within its confines. This is probably the most foolproof way, but the expense may be prohibitive. The second and third choices are to remove it automatically or manually.
To remove this problematic gem automatically you will need a trustworthy antimalware tool. Spyhunter, McAffee, and several other professional companies offer this at a reasonable cost. It is faster and may find other malware, viruses, etc…when it scans your operating system. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions that accompany the tool you choose.
The manual uninstall method will involve some more advanced understanding of your computer’s operating system. If you are not quite sure of what you are doing it is suggested that one of the other two choices is a better match up. If you are confident in your abilities then press on.
Start by pressing the Windows and R button simultaneously (Windows OS) to open the Run command. Type appwiz.cpl in the box and click ok. Locate the SaveNewaAppz program and uninstall it. For all intents and purposes, all unfamiliar programs should be removed. Your next step is to remove any unknown extensions from your browser. For Google Chrome go to the Main Menu and choose Tools->Extensions.
Delete any unrecognized extensions. Once this is done go to Settings->Add Person. here you will pick a new user name and then Delete your previous user name. This is important as it will remove anything that may have been left behind. For removal from Mozilla Firefox open the browser and then push Control+Shift+A. Remove any unknown addons. Open the Help Menu->Troubleshoot->Reset Firefox. To remove it from Internet Explorer open your browser and click on the Gear icon->Toolbars and Extensions. Disable suspicious extensions. Now go to Gear icon->Internet Options->Advanced->Reset. Place a checkmark in the Delete Personal Settings box->Reset.
It is always a good idea to scan for hidden programs, etc…after performing uninstalls. In the future it behooves us all to be a little less quick to install or sign off on a new app’s installation page. This action alone can decrease the chances of your computer coming down with the latest “cold”, so to speak.