Googlescan.ru is a questionable site and one that computer security experts have deemed to be a browser hijacker. The reason for considering Googlescan.ru as a browser hijacker is mostly due to the site having related components that modify or change Internet settings within popular web browser programs. The components related to Googlescan.ru, some being browser extensions, may load upon installing freeware apps or bundled software.
Once loaded, the Googlescan.ru components may change the default home page or new tab page settings in browser apps to automatically load Googlescan.ru or other questionable sites. Use of the Googlescan.ru site may not cause harm but the search results are known to be accompanied by several sponsored links or advertisements that are mostly unwanted and can load other questionable sites.
Are you getting popups from Googlescan.ru? Have you identified that you have Googlescan.ru installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Googlescan.ru completely from your computer?
Why should you remove Googlescan.ru?
If Googlescan.ru resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that Googlescan.ru may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking Googlescan.ru removal process.
How can you manually remove Googlescan.ru
Manual removal of Googlescan.ru may not be for everyone. Each manual Googlescan.ru removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic Googlescan.ru removal process.
Googlescan.ru can be removed manually by following the steps below.
- With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
- Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
- Locate Googlescan.ru in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Googlescan.ru, you can continue to step 5.
- Restart your computer.
- Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
- Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
- Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.
You may need to return to this removal process for removing Googlescan.ru. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.
Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process
Delete all of the following files that are associated with Googlescan.ru from your computer.
If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.
If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with Googlescan.ru, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.
Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"
After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Googlescan.ru by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Googlescan.ru folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.
Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Googlescan.ru completely from your computer. If you find that Googlescan.ru is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Googlescan.ru removal process.