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How To Uninstall Registry Scanner “Virus” (March 2019 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Registry Scanner program. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

There are many sketchy pieces of software on the Internet that may not necessarily be as harmful as Trojans, Rootkits an Ransomware but are still regarded as unreliable or potentially unwanted and and it is therefore better to uninstall from your computer in case you have them in there. According to some users, one such app is Registry Scanner – many security experts regard this software program as a bogus optimization tool that, instead of helping the user in any way, tries to lure them into purchasing its full version or some other obscure program of questionable quality. In most cases, the Registry Scanner tool uses fake positives as means of scaring the users and making them think that their computer has been infected by some malicious program or that there are issues in the system that need to be solved. However, as we said, such warnings are likely to be exaggerated or outright false – you may have no issues in your PC and the Registry Scanner app may still tell you that there are things which need fixing.

Normally, once you install this app on your computer, it will run a scan of your system that will supposedly determine if there’s anything wrong with your machine. After the scan ends, even if there are no problems in the system, the unwanted software would still probably tell you that something in your machine needs to be fixed and then it will prompt you to buy a Product Key that would supposedly allow you to use the full set of features that the program offers. Since, however, most of the security reports regarding Registry Scanner state that this app actually gives false positives, there’s probably no need to purchase anything in attempts to fix issues in your system that are likely non-existent to begin with. Instead, it’s better to use the guide we’ve prepared for you and with its help remove the potentially unwanted optimization tool so that it doesn’t bother you anymore. 

Registry Scanner “Virus”

Is this app dangerous?

It’s possible that you may see some people on the Internet refer to Registry Scanner as virus or as malware and the reason behind this is the obscure and rather sketchy nature of this app. The truth, however, is different – this piece of software isn’t related to any malware category like Trojan Horses, Ransomware and other malicious types of software. It is simply a software tool with questionable functionality that may use some obscure methods of making more users pay for its full version. We cannot comment on if or how effective or helpful the full version of this tool may be but the very fact that it may use false positives in order to get more users to buy its Product key should be enough of a reason for you or any other user to uninstall this app from their computer. As we already said, in case you need help with the removal of this program, you can use the instructions available on this page.

SUMMARY:

Name Registry Scanner
Type PUP
Danger Level  Low (Won’t harm your computer but may lure you into buying stuff you don’t really need)
Symptoms  If you get warnings about issues with your computer and prompts to buy a License/Product key, you probably have this program.
Distribution Method Most such apps get installed on computers through file bundles.
Detection Tool

Uninstall Registry Scanner “Virus”

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


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

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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

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

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Maximum file size: 128MB.

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Scan Results


Virus Scanner Result
ClamAV
AVG AV
Maldet


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.

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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:

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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:

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

Step5

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 doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!


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