Security Scanner Removal Process (remove SecurityScanner)

February 13, 2012

Security Scanner is yet another dangerous anti-spyware program that closely resembles Security Tool and Security Shield, among other rogue anti-spyware programs. Like most rogue anti-spyware programs, Security Scanner was designed primarily to trick unsuspecting PC users into making fraudulent payments for a fake security program. Do not fall for the deceptive security alerts and threats: Security Scanner is a malicious program packaged as a genuine security tool, a wolf in sheep's skin so to say.

How Your Computer is Affected by Security Scanner

When your computer gets infected with Security Scanner, your genuine security tools may be inhibited, and as a result, your computer may be severely damaged. Programs will run considerably slower, particularly the booting and shut-down processes. It becomes virtually impossible to run the usual applications or browse the Internet due to incessant alerts and warnings that appear as pop-ups. Further, you will be exposed to the risk of identity theft as your credit card information will be compromised.

How Security Scanner Gets to Your Computer

Security Scanner is distributed through a network of rogue websites, and it 'sneaks' into your computer with the aid of Trojans. The most worrying thing is that you’ll hardly notice anything as Security Scanner creeps into your computer’s most delicate parts.

Fortunately, you can easily spot the rogue characteristics of these fraudulent websites in advance from the ceaseless threat messages and alerts, which is a characteristic aggressive marketing tactic for many rogue anti-spyware programs.
Security Scanner’s interface is a simple blue, white and grey GUI with three prominent tabs on top (Register, Update, and Support). A large window in the center of the window is where Scan results are displayed - it displays the 'Type', 'FileName', 'Name' and 'Details' of the purported threats. There's a 'Scan progress' bar right below the display window. As with most rogue security applications, Security Scanner's interface has a look and feel to it that mirrors that of genuine security applications.

Security Scanner Removal Instructions

After realizing that your computer might have been infected with Security Scanner, you may start to panic and fear that you're going to lose all your valuable data. While Security Scanner can profoundly compromise your computer's security, you can minimize the potential damage by removing all its associated malicious files. Here are the instructions:

  • Re-boot your computer in Safe Mode with the Networking option enabled.
  • Disable any proxy servers for the Internet connection (Security Scanner typically adds a proxy server that blocks you from accessing certain Internet applications or entirely blocks you from accessing the Internet). If you're using Internet Explorer browser, go to 'Tools' under Settings and select 'Internet Options'. Click the 'Connections' tab and then 'LAN settings'. Uncheck the Use Proxy Server for Your LAN option, so that you can access the Internet unhindered again. If you’re using Firefox browser, these settings are under Tools > Options > Advanced Tab > Network > Settings > No Proxy.
  • Next is to delete all the dll files, registry entries and application files related to Security Scanner. Alternatively, you can use one of the numerous malware removers as the manual process can be cumbersome. If you want to use the manual process and you're unsure on what to do, let a professional do it for you.

Are you getting popups from Security Scanner? Have you identified that you have Security Scanner installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove Security Scanner completely from your computer?

Why should you remove Security Scanner?

If Security Scanner 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 Security Scanner 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 Security Scanner removal process.

How can you manually remove Security Scanner

Manual removal of Security Scanner may not be for everyone. Each manual Security Scanner 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 Security Scanner removal process.

Security Scanner can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate Security Scanner in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find Security Scanner, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. 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.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce "[RANDOM CHARACTERS]
  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing Security Scanner. 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


  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with Security Scanner from your computer.

    %LocalAppData%\[RANDOM CHARACTERS].exe

    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 Security Scanner, 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"


  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with Security Scanner by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\Security Scanner 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.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed Security Scanner completely from your computer. If you find that Security Scanner is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic Security Scanner removal process.

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