- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
Googlescan.ru is a suspicious search engine that you might recognize as a browser hijacker if it has corrupted your web browser without your permission. Whether you face this search engine after having your homepage or default search provider hijacked, or you are redirected to it, our research team strongly recommends deleting it immediately. Even if it might be possible to use this search tool without jeopardizing your virtual security, it is way too unpredictable, and, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will not face any threats. On the contrary, it is much more likely that you will be exposed to potentially unreliable links, and information about you could be recorded and shared with potentially malicious parties. These are the main reasons we advise removing Googlescan.ru. Unfortunately, if you need to eliminate this search tool, it is quite possible that you also need to eliminate other suspicious programs as well. Read this report to learn how to identify and eliminate all unwanted programs and malware.
Unsurprisingly, Googlescan.ru does not have a website representing it. An installer for this search engine does not exist as well, which is why its entrance is pretty mysterious. Whether the search tool corrupted your browser illegally by replacing your homepage or default search provider without your permission, or it was installed with your permission, it is most likely that other suspicious pieces of software were offered along with it. Software bundling is a very effective method to spread unpopular and, possibly, malicious software, especially when more attractive programs are offered along with it. So, have you let in anything else along with Googlescan.ru? If you are not sure, install a trusted malware scanner to help you figure that out. Once you know exactly which threats are active, you have to make a decision regarding the removal. If you are set on eliminating threats manually, you have to check if highly dangerous ones were found. If they were, you need to get rid of them as soon as possible. If the scanner has detected adware, potentially unwanted programs, intrusive cookies, and similar kind of software, you might be able to get rid of it yourself.
The server that Googlescan.ru is associated with has been found to host a bunch of websites that might introduce users to malicious advertisements and scams. Needless to say, legitimate and useful websites are unlikely to be hosted on this server, and that is the first red flag. The second red flag is that there is no information supporting Googlescan.ru, and, for example, you cannot review the privacy policies regarding it. What that means is that the suspicious search tool is unpredictable. For all you know, it can collect and leak personal information, spy on you while you are browsing the web, and showcase malicious advertisements. Speaking of ads, the final red flag pops up when you enter keywords into the provided search dialog box, and you are redirected to the Google Custom Search engine. Although it has the name of Google – which is meant to trick you into trusting the results shown – this search engine is not reliable because the hijacker can use it to showcase sponsored content. Unfortunately, this content could be misleading and malicious.
The reasons for deleting Googlescan.ru are pretty obvious, and you should get rid of this suspicious search tool as soon as you possibly can. Since it could manifest in different ways, and it is not exactly clear which browsers it can affect, we have created a guide that shows how to reset the most popular web browsers. Why should you reset your browser? That is because by doing that you will get rid of tracking cookies that might have been employed to record your activity. If you modify the homepage or default search provider settings, traces of Googlescan.ru could remain active, and you do not want that. If you are trying to remove other unwanted programs manually as well, you should look up specific guides. Use the search box at the top to find them. Otherwise, install anti-malware software to have all undesirable and unreliable pieces of software eliminated automatically. If you want to ask anything else regarding the suspicious search tool, use the comments section to communicate with us.