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Scanner Adware Removal Instructions

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The Emsisoft malware research team has discoverd a new outbreak of the  Scanner adware. Emsisoft Anti-Malware detects this malware as Adware.Win32.DefragScanner.

Scanner is a rogue application, this is another variant of HDD Low, Disk Repair, Defragmenter, HDD Tools, Smart HDD, HDD Rescue, HDD Plus, HDD Diagnostic, Hard Drive Diagnostic, Disk Doctor, Win Defragmenter, WinDefrag, WinHDD, CheckDisk, Ultra Defragger, Quick Defragmenter, Smart Defragmenter, HDD Defragmenter, and System Defragmenter. A rogue application tries to trick you by displaying false positive/misleading scan results report, which says that your computer has a problem, or infected with viruses or trojan, but you will not be able to fix it before you purchase.

Create new files:

  • %UserProfile%DesktopScanner.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random%.exe
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random%.dll
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random_number%
  • %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random_number%.exe
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsScanner
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsScannerScanner.lnk
  • %UserProfile%Start MenuProgramsScannerUninstall Scanner.lnk

Create new registry entries:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
    (String) %random% = %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random%.exe
    (String) %random% = %UserProfile%Local SettingsTemp%random_number%.exe

Screenshots:

Adware.Win32.Scanner_1-400x269.png

Adware.Win32.Scanner_2-400x269.png

Adware.Win32.Scanner_3-400x269.png

Adware.Win32.Scanner_4-400x269.png

Adware.Win32.Scanner_5-400x261.png

How to remove the infection of Scanner (Adware.Win32.DefragScanner)?

To delete this malware infection, please download and install Emsisoft Anti-Malware. Run a full scan on all drives and move all detected items to the quarantine.



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