Registry Scanner Unwanted Application

Also Known As: Registry Scanner potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Registry Scanner removal instructions

What is Registry Scanner?

Developers present Registry Scanner as a legitimate application that allows users to easily speed up their computer performance by cleaning and fixing registry entries. Judging on the appearance alone, Registry Scanner actually seems appropriate and handy. However, it is worth mentioning that developers promote it by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". For this reason, Registry Scanner is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Registry Scanner unwanted application

Once installed, Registry Scanner performs a full system scan and displays a list of errors that must be fixed. However, the problem is that the free version of Registry Scanner is not capable of solving any problems - it only allows users to scan the system. Therefore, in order to fix listed errors users have to pay for the version (in other words, purchase Registry Scanner application). What's more important is that it unknown whether Registry Scanner app can actually be trusted. There are many system optimization tools distributed using the "bundling" methods. Most of them are designed to trick users into paying for full versions by displaying fake scan results. To put it differently, these apps are designed to perform fake system scans in order to scare and trick gullible users into purchasing software. Full versions of these applications do nothing but clean the false list and that's it. They do not optimize the system and do not fix any errors. Therefore, we highly recommend to uninstall such applications as soon as possible. Note that "bundling" is often used to spread several PUAs at once, which means that Registry Scanner may not be the only unwanted program that has infiltrated your computer. In most cases, this method is used to distribute adware and browser hijackers. These apps are designed to deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects and gather various information relating to user's web browsing activity. These apps significantly diminish web browsing experience, as well as pose direct threat to user's privacy and web browsing safety. Therefore, aside from uninstalling Registry Scanner you should eliminate other questionable applications/browser plug-ins as well.

Registry Scanner shares many similarities with dozens of other potentially unwanted applications, such as Web Companion, Lowe Registry Scanner, Power PC Care 2018, Advance PC Protector, and many others. These applications also offer "useful functionality". However, note that vast majority of potentially unwanted applications are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. For this reason, they typically give no real value for the actual user (do not provide any of the promised functions). Instead, such apps promote in-app purchases, cause unwanted redirects, gather information, deliver advertisements, and performs various other malicious tasks.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Registry Scanner does have an official download website. However, users often install this app inadvertently, because it is also distributed using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party applications along with the regular software). Developers aren't honest enough to adequately disclose installation of third party applications. For this reason, such applications are hidden behind "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of download/installation processes. What's more important is that users often recklessly rush these procedures and skip most of the steps. Behavior like this often leads to installations of unwanted apps. Users merely expose the system to risk of various infections and put their very own privacy into threat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Everyone should know that lack of knowledge and reckless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections. The key to it's safety is caution and, thus, paying close attention when browsing the Internet is a must. Always be sure to download apps only from official sources, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are often monetized using the "bundling" method, which is why such tools should never be used. It is also important to note that intrusive advertisements typically look completely appropriate, since developers invest a lot of resources into their design. Distinguishing, however, is still easy, because most of them redirect to unreliable websites, such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on so forth. If you continually encounter such ads/redirects then immediately remove all questionable applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of Registry Scanner application:

Registry Scanner application

Appearance of Registry Scanner unwanted application (GIF):

Registry Scanner unwanted app GIF

Registry Scanner's files in the "Program Files" folder:

Files of Registry Scanner application

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Registry Scanner adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Registry Scanner" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

At the time of research Registry Scanner did not install any unwanted browser extensions. However note that some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you see unwanted ads or get unwanted redirects when browsing the Internet continue with the removal guide below.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the registry scanner potentially unwanted application, 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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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 the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the registry scanner potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with registry scanner potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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