How to uninstall (remove) ScanGuard

What is ScanGuard?

ScanGuard is bogus security application, that uses unethical methods for distribution and monetization. It is not considered virus, but potentially unwanted application. It looks like modern security program, but does not provide trial version and shows security alerts, demanding payment for removal. In addition to that it installs search.scanguard.com (or ScanGuard Smart Search) as default search engine and homepage in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer. This search engine is affiliated with InfoSpace.com search network. This page contains tutorial to remove ScanGuard from Windows 10, 8, 7, XP.

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How ScanGuard gets on your PC?

ScanGuard presents itself as legitimate optimization tool or security application – program has modern interface and it seems to perform good. But, due to the fact that ScanGuard installs without user consent it is considered “badware” or “potentially unwanted program”. Antivirus software normally cannot detect and remove such applications. In this cases, it is recommended to use anti-malware software like SpyHunter or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

How to remove ScanGuard from your computer?

To uninstall ScanGuard remove it from Control Panel, then delete all files and regkeys.

According to our tests there are 3 products that have ScanGuard in their database. Please, use them to remove ScanGuard.

Recommended Solution:

Plumbytes Anti-Malware – fully removes all instances of ScanGuard – files, folders, registry keys.

 

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Alternative Solutions:

1. Plumbytes Anti-Malware – detects files, registry values and folders of ScanGuard.

 

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2. Malwarebytes Antimalware – finds ScanGuard – can clean up leftover items after removal.

 

Download MalwareBytes Antimalware

 

Or uninstall ScanGuard manually.

Step 1: Remove ScanGuard from Control Panel

Windows XP:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Control Panel.
  3. Then click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find ScanGuard.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows XP.

Windows 7/Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Then Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find ScanGuard and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 7.

Windows 8/Windows 8.1:

  1. Open the Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Then as in Windows 7, click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find ScanGuard, select it and click Uninstall.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 8 (8.1).

Windows 10:

  1. Click on the Start button (or press the Windows key) to open the Start menu, click on the Settings at the top.
  2. Click on App & features on the left menu.
  3. On the right side, locate ScanGuard and click it, then click on the Uninstall button.
  4. Click on Uninstall to confirm.

Learn more about uninstallation of programs in Windows 10

Note: If you can’t find required program, sort programs by date in Control panel and search for last installed programs.

Step 2: Remove following files and folders of ScanGuard:

Remove following registry entries:

HKLM\SYSTEM\CURRENTCONTROLSET\SERVICES\SecurityService
HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\UNINSTALL\ScanGuard
HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\TRACING\ScanGuard_RASAPI32
HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\MICROSOFT\TRACING\ScanGuard_RASMANCS

Remove following files:


SharedDesktop.dll
Engine.Win.dll
Utilizr.dll
Utilzr.WPF.dll
LinqBridge.dll
Utilizr.VPN.Win.dll
SSCore.dll
Utilizr.VPN.dll
Utilizr.OpenVPN.dll
DotNetZip.dll
AviraLib.dll
Ionic.Zip.dll

Remove following folders

C:\Program Files\ScanGuard
C:\Program Files (x86)\ScanGuard\

After that remove ScanGuard from your browser.

Reset browser settings to remove Search.scanguard.com

Reset browser setting in Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu (3 bar button) in the top right corner.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. Go to Reset browser settings section.
  5. Click Reset browser settings.
  6. In the dialog that appears, click Reset.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Google Chrome.

Reset browser setting in Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Go to Help.
  3. Go to Troubleshooting information.
  4. Click Reset Firefox… button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Mozilla Firefox.

Reset browser setting in Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the cogwheel in the right upper corner.
  3. Click Internet options.
  4. Got to Advanced tab.
  5. Click Reset button.
  6. Put a tick near Delete personal settings checkbox.
  7. Click Reset button.

Learn more about resetting browser settings in Internet Explorer.

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About Aleksei Abalmasov 552 Articles
Computer security specialist. I try to do my best and share my knowledge with you by creating simple-to-follow and useful guides on various topics about computer security.

3 Comments

  1. ……Uninstalling ScanGuard is so difficult to uninstall. Having used the correct sequence, and rebooted, the ScanGuard Dashboard remains on ones browser no matter what one does to attempt to get rid of the nuisance.

    • Same here Chaz and the instructions for Windows 10 do not match what comes up on my laptop. ie: going to apps, clicking on Scanguard, there is NO uninstall option and it will not uninstall from programs install/uninstall. So still have it blocking 1/3 of my screen…what a PITA and what is scanguard thinking?

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