ScanGuard “Scam” Removal


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This page aims to help you remove ScanGuard. These ScanGuard removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

In the final months of 2016, a newly released PC optimization program has caught the attention of many users due to its shady appearance and questionable qualities. The program we are referring to is called ScanGuard and in the following several paragraphs, we will try to provide you with some important information concerning this piece of software, so that you can decide for yourself whether or not the programs is safe to be installed on your machine. Additionally, we will also present you with a removal guide for ScanGuard in case that the application has already gotten on your PC and you want to uninstall and remove it.

Can it be considered a virus?

So far, there has not been much information concerning ScanGuard. Most reviews of this program suggest that it is not an actual PC virus, but it still possesses certain shady traits that make it quite undesirable. For example, the software’s website appears somewhat obscure and there is no trial version of the program. Next, the installation process itself is rather suspicious: there is no “Advanced” installation menu and no Terms and Conditions section that are to be accepted by the user prior to beginning the installation. There’s also no “cancel” button that would enable you to abort the installation. Additionally, after installing the program, an online registration is required. The registration process is also rather odd – there is no requirement for a password to be re-entered for security purposes and there are no requirements regarding what the password should contain and how strong it should be.

All of this seems rather sketchy and should serve as a big red flag for any users wondering whether they should install the program. However, despite what we just mentioned, this is still not enough to label the program as a virus. There are a lot of differences between actual harmful malware programs like Trojans and Ransomware on the one hand and questionable PC optimization tools like ScanGuard on the other.

How does the program act?

In order for you to get an overall idea of what ScanGuard does and whether it is okay for you to install it, we will explain to you how the program works once it is installed on the PC and once the registration is completed.

The functions that ScanGuard is said to provide are four: Virus protection, PC performance optimization, online security and HDD cleaner. So far so good. In most cases, as soon as you get the program and launch it, it automatically initiates a system scan for the four components that the program is supposed to provide. Once the scan is finished, under each of those four functions, you see a button that would supposedly enable you to execute them in order to improve the said component. This is where the catch is: ScanGuard is promoted as free software that requires no payment and right up until this moment, no payment is required. However, as soon as the user clicks on any of the four buttons and actually attempts to utilize the application’s functions, they are redirected to the program’s website and asked to pay a certain amount of money in order to be able to actually make use of the software’s functions. This should serve as yet another red flag. Even if paying for the service would indeed enable you to use it, doing so is still very inadvisable. After all, ScanGuard is advertised as a free program and yet all of a sudden you are required to pay for each of its main functions. Combine this with the fact that the whole installation and registration process is shady and you got yourself a piece of software that should almost certainly be kept away from your machine

Conclusion

Even though ScanGuard might not be a noxious Trojan horse virus or malicious Ransomware, the program certainly has a lot of questionable characteristics. Generally, this is more than enough reason for you not to install it on your machine. We still ought to mention that, so far, we have not received any information about it causing any actual damage to anyone’s computer. However, even if the program in question is perfectly safe, it should be quite obvious by now that it is also not overly useful and that there are certainly much better (and safer) alternatives out there that are actually free and not just advertised to be so. Again, if you have already installed it on your machine and have decided that you want to have it gotten rid of, be sure to use our removal guide located right below this last paragraph. In case you have any questions or run into any problem during the removal process, be sure to ask for our help in the comments section.

SUMMARY:

NameScanGuard
Type Potentially Unwanted Program
Danger LevelPUP (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a potential security risk)
Symptoms Shady installation and registration process; payment requirement for using the program’s functions.
Distribution MethodThe program’s website.
Detection Tool

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

ScanGuard “Scam” Removal


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

This is the most important step. Do not skip it if you want to remove ScanGuard successfully!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

Maximum file size: 128MB.

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

appwiz

You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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Step4

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Step5

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!