How to remove Winscanner

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Malware Winscanner

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Name

Winscanner

Description

Winscanner stands for malicious software and is used to describe any program that causes a computer to perform unwanted actions or alters its settings and functionality. It can be used to steal sensitive information, gain unauthorized access to a computer, and deploy other threats like viruses and worms.

Type

Malware

Alias

Manual

How to manually remove Winscanner guide. Only for ADVANCED users.

  • Step 1: Basic check for Winscanner activity

    Check running processes on your system. Usually you can find Winscanner process running. Use the Ctrl+Shift+Esc buttons combination to open system information window and click Processes tab. Scroll down the whole list and try to find the process named like Winscanner. If you find Winscanner process running, right click on it and choose “End Process”. It will disable Winscanner for the current Windows session, but remember that if you do not completely remove Winscanner using next steps, then your PC will stay vulnerable to malware attack. Next steps are much more important in removing Winscanner.

  • Step 2: Disconnect your PC from the Internet

    Prevent the malware from leaking or spreading your personal data. Malware usually uses the Internet to transfer all possible and important information you have. Some Malwares are not so “Active” and they can simply disable some Windows features and options. To disconnect your PC from the Internet you need to plug-off LAN cable (if you use LAN connection) or to turn of the Wi-Fi module (if you use Wi-Fi Internet connection). Most of (not 100%) Malwares can not access Wi-Fi module preferences. Turning off the Internet will disable Winscanner from transferring any data from your PC.

  • Step 3: Enter the safe mode.

    The next step is very important in removing Winscanner. After turning off the Internet and disabling Winscanner process you will need to reboot your PC in so-called Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a Windows mode which allows you to start the System using only important applications and services. Safe Mode does not usually allow Winscanner to load when the system boots (!!!but exceptions can appear!!!). Choose Restart in Windows Start menu and wait until the screen turns off.

    After that you have to follow the next instructions according to the versions of Microsoft Windows you use:

      Windows XP:
    1. Press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.

    2. Select Safe Mode from Windows Advanced Options Menu and press ENTER.

      Windows Vista, 7:
    1. Press the F8 key repeatedly when the first screen appears.

    2. Use the arrow keys from Windows Advanced Options Menu in order to select Safe Mode and press ENTER.

      Windows 8, 8.1, 10:
    1. Press and hold the Shift button when left-clicking the Restart button on Windows log-on screen.

    2. Select Safe Mode from Windows Troubleshooting boot screen and press ENTER.

  • Step 4: Removing virus files

    Having booted your PC in Safe mode you have to start cleaning your PC manually by deleting every file associated with Winscanner one by one. Here is the list of all files associated with Winscanner. Delete all files listed below using the Shift+Delete buttons combination. Always double check the file name as sometimes Malwares use very similar filenames as very important system files do and you can mistakenly remove important system file what will harm your system and you will not be able to boot your PC at all.

    Please, remember that viruses are always progressing and sometimes new files can appear. If you are using our offline PDF guide on How to remove Winscanner, please check if you have it’s latest version.

    We do not guarantee that Winscanner has the same file structure at the moment of deleting.

    After removing all files associated with Winscanner that were listed above, reboot your system in normal mode and check if your PC works fine or you still have any troubles.

    It it is OK – congratulations! You have made a great job!

    If it is still NOT ok – use OSHI Defender to check your PC.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Countries with the highest Winscanner infection rates.

  • The first recorded appearance of Winscanner

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How did my computer get Winscanner?

Winscanner may not necessarily need user interaction to get installed. It can get into your system by exploiting weak spots in your browser or operating system. In most cases, though, Winscanner needs to be installed manually (open a file, install software, etc).

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I detected Winscanner on my computer. What do I do?

Start OSHI Defender or another antimalware program to immediately remove Winscanner. Remember that widely used antivirus software may not detect Winscanner in your operating system.

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What damages can Winscanner do to my computer?

Hackers may use Winscanner to hold your data hostage and extort money from you, steal personal and valuable data from your computer or get access to your bank accounts.

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What are the main symptoms of Winscanner?

Extra HD activity
High network activity
PC slowdown
System crashes
Unusual browser settings
Pop-up windows

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Can Winscanner spread to other computers?

To install Winscanner on other computers in your network, you must perform the same action you did on your infected computer.

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Countries with the highest Winscanner infection rates.

US

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The first recorded appearance of Winscanner

2016-02-22

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