How to Remove WINSAP_UPDATE Malware

Can’t Remove WINSAP_UPDATE? This page includes detailed WINSAP_UPDATE Removal instructions!

WINSAP_UPDATE has been classified as a PUP (potentially unwanted program). This particular infection does appear to be more annoying than dangerous. However, you should know better than to overlook the threat any virus poses to your safety. The WINSAP_UPDATE virus has plenty of malicious potential. Unless you remove this pest right away, you might get to witness its potential unleashed. To prevent serious, irreversible damage, get rid of the parasite now. How does this program work? It gets activated immediately after it lands on board. More often than not, the installation itself happens behind your back. After all, this a PC infection we’re talking about. It will not seek your permission as it mainly relies on stealth. WINSAP_UPDATE adds an extension to your browsers. By doing so, this parasite takes over all your once reliable browsers. You’re in for quite some trouble. The infection modifies your default browser settings. Once again, it doesn’t remotely need your authorization. Now that your browser settings are altered, get prepared for commercials. PUPs have a solid reason to inject your browsers with ads and it has nothing to do with your shopping experience. On the other hand, it has a lot to do with hackers’ illegitimate profit. The virus displays sponsored, highly questionable ads. All of them allow crooks to gain revenue through the pay-per-click mechanism. Furthermore, getting rid of the pop-ups is an impossible task. Your PC screen is constantly covered with unsafe advertisements in various shapes, colors and sizes. Consider your everyday online activities effectively demolished. For one thing, you get bombarded with useless commercials. Your browsers might be modified even further as the virus might install additional toolbars. In addition, WINSAP_UPDATE could generate fake program updates or other third-party web links. The parasite causes a poor PC performance so you can’t even use your machine at peace. If anything, you’ll be wasting your time. We would strongly recommend that you stay away from anything displayed by the PUP unless you’re willing to install malware. Put your security first and get rid of the virus for good. Last but not least, while being on your computer, this pest is stealing your personal data. Not only does procrastinating jeopardize your safety but it puts your privacy in danger too.


How did I get infected with WINSAP_UPDATE?

This PUP doesn’t shine with originality. It applies some of the most common infiltration techniques out there. For example, WINSAP_UPDATE usually gets attached to other programs and gets installed in so-called bundles. Do you tend to download freeware or shareware bundles? Then you should never rush the installation. Skipping steps might seem like a good idea at the time but it is definitely not. If anything, rushing leaves your machine vulnerable to malware. Do not give hackers the opportunity to infect your PC. The Web is filled with potential threats so you have to be very careful. Avoid illegitimate websites or bundles that you don’t trust. Opt for the Custom or Advanced option in the Setup Wizard too. Check out every single program you’re about to download. There might be some unwanted bonus virus added to the bundle. To be able to deselect the infection, you need to be paying attention beforehand. You can see for yourself how problematic WINSAP_UPDATE is but there are worse parasites online. Next time you download unsafe bundled software, you could get stuck with ransomware or a Trojan horse. In addition, it’s always a good idea to stay away from spam emails or messages in social media.

Why is WINSAP_UPDATE dangerous?

Your browsers get sneakily modified. They now redirect you, crash and/or freeze. Thanks to the parasite, you can’t even find what you search for on the Web. WINSAP_UPDATE’s pop-ups are practically on every single website you attempt to visit. These stubborn advertisements were never supposed to be beneficial for you. That means you have to stay away from them. Don’t be naive to believe a cyber parasite would improve your online experience. As mentioned, the virus also spies on your private data thus providing hackers access to sensitive details. This program will collect browsing history, usernames, passwords, email addresses, IP addresses. However, it might get access to your bank account information too. The question is, why participate in hackers’ trickery? Tolerating their infection only causes you trouble. Hence, the sooner you get rid of the WINSAP_UPDATE parasite, the better. To delete it manually, please follow our detailed removal guide down below.


If you perform exactly the steps below you should be able to remove the WINSAP_UPDATE infection. Please, follow the procedures in the exact order. Please, consider to print this guide or have another computer at your disposal. You will NOT need any USB sticks or CDs.

  • Open your task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys simultaneously
  • Locate the process of WINSAP_UPDATE.exe and kill it


  • Open your windows registry editor by typing”regedit” in the windows search box

Navigate to (Depending on your OS version)

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] or

and delete the display Name: WINSAP_UPDATE

Simultaneously press the Windows Logo Button and then “R” to open the Run Command

Type “Appwiz.cpl

Locate the WINSAP_UPDATE program and click on uninstall/change. To facilitate the search you can sort the programs by date. Review the most recent installed programs first. In general you should remove all unknown programs.

Navigate to C:/Program Files and delete WINSAP_UPDATE folder. Double check with any antimalware program for any leftovers. Keep your software up-to date!

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