How to remove the saap virus

Most antivirus programs identify saap.exe as malware—for instance TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_AGENT.RS, and Microsoft identifies it as Adware:Win32/180SolutionsSearchAssistant.

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Saap.exe file information

The process known as Search Assistant belongs to software Uninstall (version 180search Assistant) or Twister by 180solutions (

Description: Saap.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file saap.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 282,624 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Saap.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall Uninstall 180search Assistant or Twister software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: You should check the saap.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Search Assistant has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

File saap.exe is related to an adware program. It works in background, displays commercial advertisements and monitors user's activity in the Internet. Although saap.exe doesn't take harmful actions, in some cases it still can harm the system and violate user's privacy. It is recommended to delete this executable and other related files.
Loaded with 2FindP3 - Pop up "money saver" programs
You will find it in Programs/180... You need to delete everything in the folder, but the exe and the dll won't delete. You have to stop the process from running in the background, restart and then it will allow you to delete it.
saap - saap.exe - Process Information Process File: saap or saap.exe Process Name: 180 Solutions Spyware saap.exe is an advertising program by 180 Solutions. This process monitors your browsing habits and distributes the data back to the author's servers for analysis. This also prompts advertising popups. This program is a registered security risk and should be removed immediately.
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Summary: Average user rating of saap.exe: based on 6 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think saap.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving saap issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active saap process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the saap.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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