Written by Tomas Meskauskas
Damage level: Moderate
BasicScan.com - how to remove this browser redirect virus?
The BasicScan.com website is promoted using browser redirects and other deceptive methods. Computer users entering this website are presented with a search bar - using this is not recommended. The BasicScan search bar is deceptive and may lead to the installation of unwanted browser add-ons and malware on your computer. Whilst legitimate search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo etc.) present users with organic search results, BasicScan.com displays only sponsored results. Do not click on any links displayed by this search engine. Google and other major search engine companies spend a lot of time and money to prevent malicious and deceptive sponsored results, whereas BasicScan is related to malware and created with the sole purpose to make money.
If your Internet browser redirects you to the BasicScan.com website, this is a clear indication that your computer is infected with Trojans and malware. Your Internet browser settings and Hosts file may have been modified without your consent. Using BasicScan.com for your Internet searches is not recommended and holds a high probability of leading to computer security problems.
BasicScan.com is not a legitimate website and related to malware infections. If your Internet browser redirects you to this site, it is a clear indication that your PC is infected. Take immediate action. Scan your computer with legitimate antivirus and antispyware programs. Do not trust this site or use it for your daily Internet searches. BasicScan.com collects your private information and may sell it to third parties, leading to potential identity theft and privacy issues. Use the removal guide provided to eliminate this destructive redirect from your Internet browsers.
BasicScan.com redirect removal:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove BasicScan.com redirect from Internet Explorer:
Check for BasicScan.com related extensions: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for BasicScan.com related entries and disable them. To change your homepage from BasicScan.com to your preferred domain: Click "Tools" (or the gear icon in Internet Explorer 9), select "Internet Options", in the opened window, remove BasicScan.com and enter your preferred domain, which will open each time you launch Internet Explorer.
If you continue having problems with redirects to this website, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click "Start", click "Run", in the opened window type "inetcpl.cpl". In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type "inetcpl.cpl" and click enter. In the opened window click on "Advanced" tab, then click Reset.
Remove BasicScan.com redirect from FireFox:
Click "Tools" (at the top of the window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions" and disable any entries related to BasicScan.com. To reset your homepage, click "Tools", then select "Options", in the opened window, remove BasicScan.com and enter your preferred domain.
If you continue to have problems with redirects to this website, reset your Mozilla FireFox settings to default.
Open Mozilla FireFox, at the top left corner of the main window click "FireFox", in the opened drop down menu choose Help and then click on Troubleshooting Information, in the opened window click on "Reset FireFox" button.
Remove BasicScan.com redirect from Google Chrome:
Click on the wrench or bars icon (top right of the screen), select "Tools" and click on "Extensions". Locate entries related to BasicScan.com select them and click on the trash can icon. To change your homepage from BasicScan.com to your preferred domain - click on the wrench (bars) icon, select "Settings". In "On startup" section click "set pages", hover your mouse over the unwanted URL and click the x symbol. Now you can add your preferred website as your homepage.
The Hosts file is used to resolve canonical names of websites to IP addresses. When it is changed, the user may be redirected to malicious sites, despite seeing legitimate URLs in address bar. It is difficult to determine sites are genuine when the Hosts file is modified. To fix this, please download the Microsoft Fix It tool, that restores your Hosts file to the Windows default. Run this tool when downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions. Download link below:
After removing BasicScan.com redirect, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. Recommended malware removal software.
A browser hijacker is a type of adware that alters user's Internet browser settings by changing one's homepage and default Internet search engine to some unwanted website. Most commonly this type of adware infiltrates user's operating system through free software downloads. While browser redirects might seem as a low risk security infection, computer users should know that the websites to which they are being redirected to commonly contain deceptive online advertisements and the Internet search engine that is presented in such websites might return shady Internet search results. Using such websites for one's daily Internet searches might easily end up in privacy issues, identity theft or malware infections.
A computer that is affected by a browser hijacker is exposed to high risk security infections. To prevent further privacy and security issues it's recommended removing any Internet browser settings altering adware as soon as possible. Here are some examples of free software download clients that are used in BasicScan.com Redirect distribution:
To avoid installation of BasicScan.com Redirect be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. If your download is managed by a download client be sure to opt out of installing advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine:
Some of the mentioned free software download clients don't allow downloading the chosen free program if user decides to decline installation of it's offered toolbars, in such cases it's recommended to cancel the installation and look for an alternative download source.
Symptoms indicating that your Internet browsers are affected by a browser hijacker:
- Your homepage and/or default Internet search engine is changed.
- Appearance of new toolbars.
- Slow performance of Internet browsers.
- New Bookmarks or Favorites added.
- You can't change your homepage or default search engine.
- You see online ads on your screen that are not served by the website.
- You get redirected to pages you never intended to visit.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove BasicScan.com Redirect from your Internet browsers, please ask for assistance in our malware removal forum.