- Hijacks homepage
- Changes default search engine
ScanGoogle.ru is a search tool that shares similarities with Googlescan.ru, another website that claims to be a legitimate search provider. It is also usually set on users’ browsers as a homepage and, in some cases, a default search tool and then starts generating advertisements and sponsored links to users. Because of this, malware researchers at pcthreat.com cannot call it a reputable search provider. In fact, they even call it a browser hijacker because users usually find a new URL set on their browsers without their knowledge. Delete ScanGoogle.ru without consideration if you have nothing to do with its appearance on your browsers. We can assure you that it is not a fully legitimate search tool, and it does not matter that it has Google, a popular search tool, mentioned in its name and uses Google Custom Search. If you do not know a single reason why you should remove this URL from your browsers, read this article from beginning to end. Users who still have a positive opinion about ScanGoogle.ru will surely change their minds by the end of this report.
The first sign showing that ScanGoogle.ru is not a trustworthy search tool is the fact that it acts as a browser hijacker. That is, it changes users’ browsers settings without their knowledge. Researchers at pcthreat.com have revealed that the majority of its victims live in Indonesia, and it is being spread the most actively in this region; however, this might change soon, so do not be so sure that you are safe. The ability to change users’ browsers settings without their permission is a huge drawback which immediately makes ScanGoogle.ru an untrustworthy URL, but, unfortunately, we cannot confirm that it is the only reason it is called an unreliable search engine. It has another huge drawback too – it displays third-party advertisements and sponsored links to users. You will see ads on its main page below the search box. In addition, if you perform web searches using this search provider, you might see sponsored links on its search results page as well. It is not safe to click on these ads and third-party links. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to avoid them all, which means that users who use ScanGoogle.ru as a default search tool risk encountering untrustworthy software. It is one of the main reasons it should be eliminated from browsers, but it is not the only one. According to our experienced researchers, this dubious search engine might also record information about users and then disclose it to third parties. On top of that, it might redirect users to third-party pages gathering data about users and trying to extract personal details from them too.
The label “browser hijacker” has been attached to ScanGoogle.ru not without reason. As you can find it mentioned at the beginning of this article, this search tool usually replaces users’ default homepages and search tools without permission. It manages to enter PCs unnoticed because it is mainly distributed in software bundles. Although it is the most popular distribution strategy, other ones might be used as well, so it is not always easy to prevent browser hijackers from entering computers. Luckily, our experienced security specialists still know a way how to do that – they recommend installing a security application for all those users who browse the web every day. Some tools available on untrustworthy pages might bring even more problems, so install a tool you know is 100% trustworthy. You should be more careful yourself too. What we expect you to do is to stop downloading suspicious software from P2P and similar websites. In addition, always opt for the Advanced installation of new software so that you could see programs which are going to be installed on your computer listed for you and, consequently, could decide which of them to install on your computer and which to leave behind.
Although ScanGoogle.ru changes all browsers’ settings, users usually do not find its removal a very complicated procedure because they only need to do one thing – reset all browsers to their default settings. If you need some help with that, consult our removal guide located below this article. You can also use an automatic tool to remove this browser hijacker from your PC. There is one criterion for an antimalware tool – it must be fully reliable so that it could remove all active threats.
How to delete ScanGoogle.ru