SaveKeep is a rogue antispyware program from WiniGuard scareware family (WiniShield, WiniFighter, etc). This rogue uses fake security alerts, exaggerated scan results in order to trick you into buying the software. Once SaveKeep is installed, it configures itself to run automatically every time, when your PC starts. Immediately after launch, SaveKeep will scan your computer and list a lot of threats that cannot be removed unless you first purchase the software, but all of these infections are fake or exaggerated, so you can safely ignore them.
While SaveKeep is running your computer will display fake security alerts from your windows taskbar and nag screens. Also it will show fake Windows Security Center that will recommend you use SaveKeep. Instead of doing so, follow these SaveKeep removal instructions below in order to remove this infection and any associated malware from your computer for free.
Symptoms in a HijackThis Log
O4 – HKCU\..\Run: [SaveKeep] C:\Program Files\SaveKeep Software\SaveKeep\SaveKeep.exe -min
O23 – Service: SaveKeep Security Service (SaveKeepSvc) – Unknown owner – D:\Program Files\SaveKeep Software\SaveKeep\SaveKeepSvc.exe
Use the following instructions to remove SaveKeep (Uninstall instructions)
Download MalwareBytes Anti-malware (MBAM). Close all programs and Windows on your computer.
Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
Once the program has loaded you will see window similar to the one below.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Window
Select Perform Quick Scan, then click Scan, it will start scanning your computer for SaveKeep infection. This procedure can take some time, so please be patient.
When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results. You will see a list of infected items similar as shown below. Note: list of infected items may be different than what is shown in the image below.
Malwarebytes Anti-malware, list of infected items
Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected for start SaveKeep removal process. When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.
Note: if you need help with the instructions, then post your questions in our Spyware Removal forum.
SaveKeep creates the following files and folders
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SaveKeep
C:\Program Files\SaveKeep Software
C:\Program Files\SaveKeep Software\SaveKeep
C:\Program Files\SaveKeep Software\SaveKeep\SaveKeep.exe
C:\Program Files\SaveKeep Software\SaveKeep\SaveKeepSvc.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SaveKeep\1 SaveKeep.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SaveKeep\2 Homepage.lnk
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\SaveKeep\3 Uninstall.lnk
C:\Program Files\SaveKeep Software\SaveKeep\data.bin
C:\Program Files\SaveKeep Software\SaveKeep\license.txt
C:\Program Files\SaveKeep Software\SaveKeep\uninstall.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop\SaveKeep.lnk
SaveKeep creates the following registry keys and values