How to remove the salm virus

Most antivirus programs identify salm.exe as malware—e.g. Symantec identifies it as Adware.ZangoSearch, and TrendMicro identifies it as ADW_SOLU180.A or TROJ_AGENT.RS.

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Salm.exe file information

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

Description: Salm.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Salm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\temp\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 282,624 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The salm.exe file is not a Windows system file. Salm.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Uninstall 180search Assistant).

Recommended: Identify salm.exe related errors

If salm.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 309,760 bytes. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, RunOnce, MACHINE\RunOnce). The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Salm.exe is able to monitor applications.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: You should check the salm.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

180Search Assistant is generally installed by some other piece of spyware. This not only displays ads but logs your browsing habits to send back to 180! If you have this you most likely have several other programs that you need to uninstall.
  BillyD - RRTechSupport  
I have this file on my pc since I installed Kazaa light resurection
  john doe  
connection with AdTools.exe WinKeep.exe
It seems to install a Trojan. It was installed without my knowledge into C:\temp, then tried to access the internet (ZoneAlarm warning). At the same time, my anti-virus (AVG) detected a Trojan. AVG does however not seem to recognise 'salm.exe' as a threat!
I know it's slowed by broadband connection down to as slow as my old dial-up sometimes. It's affiliated in some way with 180 solutions. It's taken over 10mb of my hard drive in 4 days and was piggybacking on, perhaps, a music file I was trying to download. I have taken the big step and deleted a 9.75mb file from "search for files" and am awaiting repurcussions. There are a few treacherous aspects to this nasty piece of software too voluminous to go into. I have spybot and Ad-Aware which it seems to have avoided.
I think I downloaded it believing I had to in order to run a some streaming video info on something unrelated. Now windows is slow or uncooperative altogether and popups everywhere....I'm checkingall "new " looking files and via properties, anything that was created that same night is getting deleted.
absolutely nothing but very annoyed of the intrusion without permission
  Brian Linklater  
Its a spyware program related to Xhzmue.exe i have it its really bad.
horrible adware related to 180Search solutions
seems to slow my windows programs to a crawl, trying to decide if i should delete it or not . Is it a virus?

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Summary: Average user rating of salm.exe: based on 9 votes with 10 user comments. One user thinks salm.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users suspect danger. 5 users think salm.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade salm.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving salm issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active salm process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the salm.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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