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.

The free file information forum can help you find out how to remove it. If you have additional information about this file, please leave a comment or a suggestion for other users.

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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 10/8/7/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.

Uninstalling this variant: You could completely remove SaveNow (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify SaveNow.exe related errors

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

Important: You should check the SaveNow.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If SaveNow 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

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

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

Other processes

SaveNow.exe [all]