SamScissors Malware

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SamScissors will be our focus in the next lines, as it is a very new addition to the family of Trojan Horses, and because of that, it is possible that many antivirus tools may not yet have it within their databases. What this means is SamScissors may enter your computer, begin carrying out its malicious activities, and yet remain undetected by your antivirus or anti-malware tool.

The SamScissors Malware detection

The representatives of the Trojan Horse category, such as Trojan Script/Wacatac.h ml, Trojan Script/Wacatac.h ml are probably the most versatile computer threats one could encounter on their computer, and dealing with them is oftentimes a challenge to even the most experienced of software security experts. Still, if you detect that such an infection has managed to breach your system’s defenses, and has nested itself within your computer, there is no time to waste, and immediate actions should be taken in order to secure your machine and get rid of the malware as safely and as quickly as possible.

This is what is called a zero-day attack – a malware attack that doesn’t get spotted by the security software on the targeted computer because the malware is so new that it is yet to be added to the virus definitions of the antivirus/anti-malware tool. Hopefully, if you carefully read this article, and meticulously follow the steps provided in the removal guide after it, you should be able to eliminate the danger that SamScissors represents, and make your computer safe once more.

The SamScissors Malware

As is with most forms of Trojan, the main factor that allows the SamScissors malware to infect as many computers as it does is the human element. People, even ones with some experience in using in computer, can easily get tricked about the nature of a given piece of software content. This is exactly what enables malware like SamScissors to be so widespread.


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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove SamScissors!

How to remove SamScissors Trojan

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find SamScissors in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select SamScissors from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

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What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to SamScissors.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to SamScissors.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove SamScissors from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the SamScissors extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to SamScissors and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of SamScissors on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the SamScissors extension
  4. Get rid of SamScissors by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “SamScissors” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete SamScissors

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the SamScissors process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete SamScissors
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “SamScissors” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall SamScissors

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for SamScissors in there
    4. Uninstall SamScissors from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any SamScissors-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to SamScissors in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random

    What is SamScissors capable of?

    We cannot exactly tell you the end-goal of SamScissors, as threats of its type tend to be quite versatile. Such a Trojan may get used to spy on you, to fill your computer with more infections like Worms and Ransomware, or to use up all of your system resources for cryptocurrency mining, the result of which gets directly sent to the hackers behind the malware program. What’s important is that you do not give the infection enough time to complete its job by removing as soon as possible.

    What is the nature of Trojans?

    A Trojan would normally be disguised in some rather convincing way – oftentimes as the installer of a program or a game. Of course, such installers get downloaded from sketchy sites, and sites that spread pirated content (and you shouldn’t visit those). The point is, it is often difficult to tell if a given piece of software, or a software installer is or isn’t a Trojan. And if your antivirus fails to warn you about a potentially hidden threat, it is really easy to get tricked, and, in turn, get your system infected. That is why you really shouldn’t go looking for trouble while browsing the web – stay on sites you know and trust and never download stuff from sources with a questionable reputation.


    About the author


    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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