Scan Guard Removal Guide

Scan Guard‏ from the FakeVimes family is a fake security program classified as rogueware (rague software) which pretends to be a legitimate security program and claims that malware has been detected on your computer and displays false scan results, fake security alerts, and does not allow you to run any application on your computer. When the fake scan is finished, you will be prompted to buy Scan Guard‏ to clean your computer and the infections that have been found.

Scan Guard
Scan Guard

The Scan Guard‏ rogueware is distributed through compromised web sites that exploit vulnerabilities on your computer like Java and through fake online scanners that state you are infected and then prompt you to install the Scan Guard to scan your computer for the precense of malware.. The Scan Guard‏ rogueware is distributed through compromised web sites that exploit vulnerabilities on your computer like Java and through fake online scanners that state you are infected and then prompt you to install the Scan Guard to scan your computer for the precense of malware.

When you try to start a security program like a malwarescanner on your computer, Scan Guard will automatically close it and will state that the program is infected. If your computer is infected with Scan Guard, then you are seeing the following screens and msessages, follow the guide below to remove the Scan Guard rogueware from your your computer with free software.

Scan Guard hijacker removal guide


STEP 1. Remove Scan Guard virus from the browser

First of all, Scan Guard is a browser hijackers, like many others. So, here is the simple way to remove them from the browser and get your homepage and search engine back. You just need to reset your browser settings. To do this automatically and for free, you can use the Reset Browser Settings tool from GridinSoft:

  1. Reset Browser Setting is a tool, included to the complex anti-malware program. So, first of all, you need to download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware (here or from the product page):
  2. Open the Tools tab on the top menu. Choose the Reset Browser Settings tools from the list:
  3. Choose Reset Browser Settings tool
    GridinSoft Anti-Malware tools tab
  4. Select the browser, which is infected by Scan Guard, and options, that you need to reset, and just do it! (Please, be aware, that this procedure will close all instances of the selected browsers, and save your work in them before clicking on the “Reset” button):
  5. Choose your browser and click Reset
    Reset Browser Settings options
  6. When this process is done, you’ll see such screen. It means, that your browser settings are default now and Scan Guard has been removed from your browser:
  7. Your browser is clean!
    Reset Browser completed

Video guide on how to reset browser automatically:

BUT!! Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that Scan Guard hasn’t installed some malicious software directly in your system. So, we strongly recommend every user, who has the same problem, to scan his computer after the browser resetting and make sure, that PC is clean and safe.

STEP 2. Remove Scan Guard traces from the system

  1. Go back to the GridinSoft Anti-Malware main screen and choose the scan type:
  2. Choose "Full Scan"
    GridinSoft Anti-Malware Scan Types
  3. Scan your computer system:
  4. Please wait until the scan completed
    Anti-Malware Scan Process
  5. After the scan is completed, you will see if there is any adware on your PC. Remove the detected items by clicking on the “Apply” button:
  6. Move detected items to quarantine
    GridinSoft Anti-Malware Scan Results
  7. Finally, this window is a proof of your system’s absolutely cleanness. You removed Scan Guard!
  8. GridinSoft Anti-Malware Removal Process
    Removal process completed. Your system is clean!

Video guide on how to remove Scan Guard from the system:

STEP 3.How to prevent your PC from being reinfected with Scan Guard in the future.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware offers excellent solution which may help to prevent your system from being contaminated with malware ahead of time. This feature is referred to as “On-Run Protection”. By default, it is disabled once you install the software. To enable it, please click on “Protect” button and press “Start” as demonstrated below:

The useful and interesting function may allow people to prevent install of malicious software. It means, when you will try to install some suspicious file, On-Run Protection will block this installation attempt ahead of time. NOTE! If users want to allow the dangerous program to be installed, they may choose “Ignore this file” button. In case, if you want to terminate malicious program, you must select “Confirm”.

On-Run Protection from malware
GridinSoft On-Run Protection

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