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How To Remove Windows Scan Spyware / Malware

Windows Scan is a fake Windows scanning utility that users get from banner ads, malicious websites, or peer to peer download programs. Windows Scan installs itself automatically without a users knowledge and creates numerous entries in the registry and leaves the computer susceptible to other malware or viruses by disabling legitimate Windows utilities. Once installed Windows Scan will automatically start up when logged onto Windows and display an interface that scans your system for errors. When done it will display a number of errors on the hard drive and RAM. These are false messages created by the program in order to trick the user into buying their software to fix them. It should be noted that under no circumstances should the program be purchased because its an attempt to steal credit card information by the creators of this malware. Because of the nature of this vicious malware its recommended that it should be removed immediately.

Manual Removal of Windows Scan: First step of removal will be to restart the computer in safe mode. to do this shutdown the computer. When turning on the computer tap the F8 key. If the windows loading screen appears the F8 key wasn’t pressed at the correct time and you’ll have to reboot and try again. When correctly done a black screen will appear with a list of start up options, choose Start in Safe Mode with Networking. Once selected Windows will boot into safe mode which prevents Windows Scan from running at start up which will allow us to delete the files and registry keys associated with this program. Next remove the following files in their specified locations:

  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\~r
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.dll
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\
  • %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\.exe
  • %UserProfile%\Desktop\Windows Scan.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Scan\
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Scan\Uninstall Windows Scan.lnk
  • %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Windows Scan\Windows Scan.lnk

Windows Scan Registry Entries That Should Be Removed:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “.exe”
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations “LowRiskFileTypes” = ‘/{hq:/s`s:/ogn:/uyu:/dyd:/c`u:/bnl:/ble:/sdf:/lrh:/iul:/iulm:/fhg:/clq:/kqf:/`wh:/lqf:/lqdf:/lnw:/lq2:/l2t:/v`w:/rbs:’
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments “SaveZoneInformation” = ‘1’
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download “CheckExeSignatures” = ‘no’
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main “Use FormSuggest” = ‘yes’

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