How to remove the SaveNow virus

Most antivirus programs identify SaveNow.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.SaveNow.w or not-a-virus:AdWare.Win32.SaveNow.ak, and Microsoft identifies it as Adware:Win32/WhenU.A.

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SaveNow.exe file information

The process known as SaveNow belongs to software SaveNow by (

Description: SaveNow.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SaveNow.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 194,048 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 166,400 bytes. 
The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). SaveNow.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
You could completely remove SaveNow (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

Recommended: Identify SaveNow.exe related errors

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Important: You should check the SaveNow.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

SaveNow is a add-on product distributed by Bearshare, DivX player, Imesh, and a few other downloadable programs. Its a product made by a company called WhenU. It tracks what websites a person visits and then pops up separate browser windows with targeted advertisements and special offers. It continuously is downloading updated information about new offers and collects a variety of information.

Summary: Average user rating of SaveNow.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving SaveNow issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SaveNow. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the SaveNow.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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