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Danger level 6
Type: Adware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Cant change my homepage
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Shows commercial adverts
  • Slow Computer
  • Slow internet connection
  • Strange toolbar installed without Your permission

Adware.BasicScan

When one looks at the program-related files list, there is nothing but basicscan.exe under the Adware.BasicScan. Since the name of the file is practically the same as the program’s name, one might expect that there is nothing wrong about it, but security experts clearly indicate basicscan.exe being a malicious software file, that has been in various countries worldwide ever since November 2011. It only adds up to the fact that Adware.BasicScan is a malicious program that comes forth as a web browser toolbar that can enhance your search. However, the real thing that this adware does is hijacking your browser and forcefully redirecting you to suspicious malware-related websites such as basicscan.com.

A lot of users get infected by Adware.BasicScan, because at first sight it looks like a useful browser add-on. According to its promotion the toolbar should provide you with links that are useful and relevant to your search. However, instead of that Adware.BasicScan shoves sponsored links onto you, hoping to make some profit out of your gullibility. The websites that you might end up at after clicking on a link from Adwre.BasicScan include Papergap.com, QueryScan.com, Placelow.com, Crownhub.com and others.

Also, Adware.BasicScan is not browser-specific, so you can be exposed to the infection if you use Internet Explorer, Firebox and Chrome browsers. It should be mentioned that this toolbar does not install itself without your permission. It usually comes together with other software that is related to BasicScan, and then the toolbar is installed automatically when the user goes through the software installation wizard. You might not want to have the toolbar, but you end up with it nevertheless, because it is included in the package of the program you have downloaded. Thus you have to be absolutely sure of the legitimacy of the program that you are downloading.

The most annoying thing about Adware.BasicScan is that it is rather tricky to remove. It has the uninstall icon, but it does not work, and this can be your first alarm signal, notifying you of the fraud. Obviously, this program poses a threat your privacy and your computer’s security, so you have to remove Adware.BasicScan from your system the moment you determine that the infection is there. If you do not know how to do it manually, feel free to acquire an antispyware program that will terminate this piece of adware for you.

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How to manually remove Adware.BasicScan

Files associated with Adware.BasicScan infection:

basicscan.exe
basicscan.dll
dnsbasic.dll
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\BasicScan
basicscan.dll
uninstall.exe
dnsessential.exe
%ProgramFiles%\BasicScan
basicscan.exe
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\BasicScan
dnsbasic.exe

Adware.BasicScan DLL's to remove:

basicscan.dll
dnsbasic.dll

Adware.BasicScan processes to kill:

dnsessential.exe
uninstall.exe
dnsbasic.exe
basicscan.exe
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