How to remove GoogleScan.ru Redirect
What is GoogleScan.ru:
Threat Classification: Browser Hijacker
GoogleScan.ru is a fake search engine, which uses “Google Custom Search Engine” and is configured to show ads every time, someone visits the page. After multiple complaints by various users, our malware researchers concluded, that the GoogleScan.ru is just another fake search engine, created with the single idea to generate revenue for its developers by generating as many page views and searches as possible, furthermore, it is almost certain, that these malware creators will try to collect all the browsing data, which they could out their hands on. In general, if the traffic travels via several websites, somewhere during the way the entire traffic (both ways) will be monitored and collected for later use. Our malware experts concluded, that the GoogleScan.ru website should be classified as a browser hijacker, capable of infiltrating various computer systems without consent and to modify several operating system and browser settings, which will allow the GoogleScan.ru to hijack some browser features, making the recovery much harder. Furthermore, our malware experts told us, that GoogleScan.ru hijacker is set by some suspicious software bundle, that was set to modify several operating system settings and some browser settings, while performing a stealth or silent install and when the installation is successfully finished, the web browser will have GoogleScan.ru as default search engine, homepage or default URL for the New Tabs. Our security experts warned us, that GoogleScan.ru will try to gather all the data from the web browsers, including private browsing data like requested URI, IP addresses, 3rd party website cookies and tracking cookies, account credentials and basically everything received or sent by the web browser. All the collected data will later either be shared or sold to some other 3rd party company, that will use it for their own marketing purposes. Our malware experts recommend removing GoogleScan.ru browser hijacker from the computer as soon as possible, as it represents a severe thread for user’s online identity and computer safety and security.
Usually, the GoogleScan.ru browser hijacker comes packed with some popular “Ad-supported” freeware products and is set to install by default, while the victim performs an express/recommended installation. The possible distribution of GoogleScan.ru browser hijacker varies but is not limited to – 3rd party toolbars, popular free software products, PDF editors, Video & Music editing software, infected e-mail attachments, unintentional clicks on ads or banners etc.
GoogleScan.ru could fill up your entire desktop screen with very irritating, dangerous and unwanted ads, that could bring up much dangerous malware infections – like ransomware, cryptoviruses, fake anti-malware programs or computer lockdown infections. The GoogleScan.ru hijacker will monitor and collect the web traffic in both directions, including all the data, that could be extracted from the user’s web browser, including requested URL, originating IP address, search results, keyword searches, browsing history, session ids, tracking cookies, all 3rd parity website cookies and account credentials and even local usernames and/or passwords entries. Later the collected database will either be shared or sold to some 3rd parity company, which will use the data for their own marketing purposes. That’s the main reason, why you shouldn’t leave this kind of malware infection unattended, and you need to terminate it immediately, as it represents a significant threat to the victim online identity and computer security.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of important data. Please, do not underestimate such threats.
How to remove GoogleScan.ru Redirect:
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for all users) using the SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
2. Manual Removal Method (recommended ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Remove GoogleScan.ru Redirect Automatically:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect GoogleScan.ru and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase an active subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). We recommend you to read and follow the SpyHunter Installation Instructions. SpyHunter’s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or purchase a subscription, which will allow you to use the automatic removal feature and to receive free professional help for any malware related issue by an experienced professional.
Remove GoogleScan.ru Redirect Manually:
!!! Please note: You can remove GoogleScan.ru browser hijacker manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of these interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore we recommend the Manual removal method ONLY for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter.
1. Remove GoogleScan.ru Uninstall Entry:
First, you can try to go to Control panel and click on Programs and Features (Windows Vista/7/8/10) or Add/Remove Programs (Windows XP) and check the Uninstall Programs List for any entry related to GoogleScan.ru, ShowBox Ads, Privacy-search.biz, Start.controlsettings.top, B1.speedlog.co, Clickppcbuzz.com, Yourdailytrailer.yournewtab.com, Side Terms, Search.searchuts.com, Search.searchwatchytsn.com, Findizer, YouSearch.io, SockShare, Search.newtab.online, SearchGoFind.com, Net Surf, Tools Plus, AppTrailers, Social2Search, SafeFinder, Trotux.com, SearchesSpace.com, Http-search.com, Nostopped.net, BeleelaShopperSearch.com, Navigate Pro Adware, HDWallPaper, Ya.ru, MyLuckyPage123.com, MyBeginning123.com, Mysites123.com, MyLuckySearching.com, MyLuckySurfing.com, Nostopped.net Adware, CreateDocsOnline Toolbar, Net Wiz Adware, MyLuckyPage123.com, Searchlock.com, Searchdimension.com, SearchEncrypt.com, SearchPrivate.org, Ace Stream Media, Search.privacy-search.net, Launchpage.org, Spoutly Ads, Spoutable Ads, Clicksor Ads, SpeeDownloader Ads, Easy Speed Test Access, Counterflix, Content Push 2, Freemake Video Converter, FromDocToPDF Toolbar, Searchguide.level3.com, Dashlane, Mpsnare.iesnare.com, KMSPico, Z.moatads.com, Ecosia.org, InitialPage123.com, EasyFileConvert Toolbar, Cpmofferconvert.com, Outbrain.com, GetFormsOnline Toolbar, 2080.hit.buy-targeted-traffic.com, Down.baidu2016.com, Oziris.Zerohorizon.net or any third-party add-ons, extensions and toolbars. We also advise you to look for any suspicious programs, installed on the same date, when your PC got malware infected or within the same week after that! If you find such, right-click on it and try to uninstall it. Although, please keep in mind, that these are real infections and you might not be able to remove them directly from the list.
*(Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features or Add/Remove Programs) or “Win + R” keys to open “Run” and type in “control”, then hit Enter.
2. Remove GoogleScan.ru Redirect from your browser:
Go to Tools -> Internet options -> Advanced Tab and click the Reset button (make sure to select the Delete Personal Settings checkbox).
*please note that to save your favorites, you need to export them before resetting the browser as you will lose all personal settings.
After Internet Explorer completes the operation, click the close button and then restart it in order for the changes to take effect.
Go to the following path (you can copy-paste it) and remove the entire folder “Chrome” together with all files and folders within.
For Windows XP: %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\
For Windows Vista/7/8/10: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\
Alternatively, you can navigate to these folders by following these steps:
For Windows XP:
1. Click on “Start” in the lower left part of the screen.
2. Choose “Run“.
3. Type %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\ and hit Enter.
For Windows Vista/7/8/10:
1. Click on the Windows logo in the lower-left part of the screen.
2. Type %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\ and hit Enter.
1. At the top of the Firefox window (top-right corner), click the Firefox Menu button, go over to the Help sub-menu and select Troubleshooting Information.
2. Click the Reset / Refresh Firefox button in the top-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
3. To continue, click Reset / Refresh Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
4. Firefox will close and then will reset. When it’s done, the imported information will be listed in a window. Click Finish and Firefox will restart.
3. Check for arguments added for the GoogleScan.ru in any Browser shortcuts or links to web pages:
GoogleScan.ru might also hijack your web browser shortcuts to force-load itself on the start page. When you click on the hijacked browser shortcut, it will start the web browser and will load GoogleScan.ru immediately.
The argument that GoogleScan.ru uses to hijack shortcuts looks like or is similar to the one below:
You can remove it manually by using the mouse to right-click the shortcut and select properties – next make sure, that the Target field contains only the web browser’s executable.
4. Delete all files and folders related to GoogleScan.ru Redirect by checking the following locations: