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Danger level 9
Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Installs itself without permissions
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Slow internet connection
  • System crashes
  • Annoying Pop-up's
  • Slow Computer

Win Scan

There have been many dire warnings published about the devastating effects left on PCs who succumbed to the disastrous infections of rogue defragmenters, but Win Scan takes its attack on the system to an entirely new level. Win Scan, which derives from the same malicious family of rogues as Windows Disk and Smart Scan, will stop at nothing to achieve its devious goals of ripping consumers off. Despite what it would like its victims to believe, Win Scan is not a legitimate system optimizer and does not have the ability to detect and heal any system errors. Win Scan will merely do more damage to your system than good.

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Win Scan makes use of established forms of infection. Making use of Trojans to infiltrate its victim’s PC, this rogue’s penetration into the system is virtually undetectable. This in itself makes it that much harder for the user or his security tool to detect and remove Win Scan from the system. The first inclination the user will have of Win Scan will come from the many spam fake security alerts generated by the rogue in an effort to panic the user into thinking his system is operating less than optimally. It is clear that these fake security messages are designed to trick the user into trusting Win Disk to perform tasks it is incapable of. Some of the fake alerts to be on the lookout for include the following:

Critical Error!
Damaged hard drive clusters detected. Private data is at risk.

Critical Error
Hard Drive not found. Missing hard drive.

Critical Error
RAM memory usage is critically high. RAM memory failure.
Critical Error
Windows can\'t find hard disk space. Hard drive error

Critical Error!
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file System32496A8300. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware.

Critical Error
A critical error has occurred while indexing data stored on hard drive. System restart required.

System Restore
The system has been restored after a critical error. Data integrity and hard drive integrity verification required.

Activation Reminder
Win Scan Activation
Advanced module activation required to fix detected errors and performance issues. Please purchase Advanced Module license to activate this software and enable all features.

Low Disk Space
You are running very low disk space on Local Disk (C:).

Windows - No Disk
Exception Processing Message 0x0000013

Requested registry access is not allowed. Registry defragmentation required
Read time of hard drive clusters less than 500 ms
32% of HDD space is unreadable
Bad sectors on hard drive or damaged file allocation table
GPU RAM temperature is critically high. Urgent RAM memory optimization is required to prevent system crash
Drive C initializing error
Ram Temperature is 83 C. Optimization is required for normal operation.
Hard drive doesn\'t respond to system commands
Data Safety Problem. System integrity is at risk.
Registry Error - Critical Error

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Win Scan will try and block the user’s ability to execute programs on the PC. This is done in an effort to prevent the user from running a program which can terminate Win Scan. It will present the user with the following fake security messages each time he attempts to launch a program:

Windows detected a hard drive problem.
A hard drive error occurred while starting the application.


Windows cannot find notepad. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.


Windows detected a hard drive problem.
Scanning for hard drive errors...
Hard drive scan helps to detect and resolve hard drive problems and system performance issues.

Once the user closes this alert he will find himself faced with another pop up generated by Win Scan which states it will now attempt to fix the hard drive:

Fix Disk
Win Scan Diagnostics will scan the system to identify performance problems.
Start or Cancel

Should the user fall for this scam and press the START button Win Scan will pretend to scan the PC and report with the following fake security message that there is something wrong with system:

Win Scan Diagnostics
Windows detected a hard disk error.
A problem with the hard drive sectors has been detected. It is recommended to download the following sertified software to fix the detected hard drive problems. Do you want to download recommended software?

Take note of all the spelling and grammatical mistakes in Win Scan’s falsely generated warnings. This should already alert you as to the legitimacy of these supposed security warnings. If you would like to \"ACTIVATE\" Win Scan on the system, and in so doing circumvent all its annoying symptoms then simply paste in the following activation key:


Do not think by simply having entered the above activation key that you have successfully taken care of the threat, as you still need to remove this insidious rogue from the PC. Win Scan does not have your best interest at heart. In fact it will do whatever it can to steal your money while leaving you with nothing more than an empty shell. Do not fall for this incredulous cyber scam and destroy Win Scan while there is still time.

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How to manually remove Win Scan

Files associated with Win Scan infection:

%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Win Scan\Win Scan.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Win Scan\Uninstall Win Scan.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Win Scan\
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Win Scan.lnk
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\[random].exe
%AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\[random].dll

Files associated with Win Scan infection (Win7, Vista):

%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Win Scan\Win Scan.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Win Scan\Uninstall Win Scan.lnk
%UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Win Scan\
%UserProfile%\Desktop\Win Scan.lnk

Win Scan DLL's to remove:


Win Scan processes to kill:


Remove Win Scan registry entries:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[random].exe"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "[random]"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Associations "LowRiskFileTypes" = '/{hq:/s`s:/ogn:/uyu:/dyd:/c`u:/bnl:/ble:/sdf:/
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Attachments "SaveZoneInformation" = '1'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Download "CheckExeSignatures" = 'no'
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main "Use FormSuggest" = 'yes'

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