What is Registry Scanner?
Who would not like to have an application like Registry Scanner claims to be, i.e., one that can allegedly boost your PC performance, improve its effectiveness and strength simply by cleaning up invalid registry entries and Internet junk? The truth is that most of these registry cleaner and supposed PC optimizer applications end up in the potentially unwanted program (PUP) category once they are thoroughly tested. This software had the same fate. Although we cannot say that this PUP is dangerous in any way or that it poses a direct threat to you or to your computer, our malware specialists have found that it is not at all reliable when it comes to displaying registry scan results and pushing you to buy the full version. We believe that this software is unreliable and totally useless for you as no registry cleaners have been proved to actually improve performance, not to mention that it seems that Microsoft does not approve of such tools either. All in all, we suggest that you remove Registry Scanner from your system because it usually does not end well if even one single unwanted program enjoys your hospitality for too long.
Where does Registry Scanner come from?
The problems and suspicions start at the very core when it comes to this PUP, i.e., its distribution. Although it has a fairly professional-looking promotional webpage, lishbos.com, it is not the only and direct way for you to download this useless program. In fact, there is a so-called silent installer available on its own website (lishbos.com/reg-software/registry-scanner-01236541_silent.exe) alongside the official installer. Unfortunately, this installer is capable of slithering onto your system without your noticing it, behind your back. This is rather suspicious behavior that should not be tolerated. In fact, this is a clear breach of your privacy when you think about it for a moment. It is possible, for example, that there are malware infections out there or malicious websites that promote this silent installer by redirecting you to this link, which would drop this PUP onto your machine without your knowledge. This should be enough already for you to want to delete Registry Scanner from your computer. But there is more to come.
It even gets worse when you realize that this PUP may also be found in freeware bundles packed together with malicious software installers. Such a bundle can contain all kinds of PUPs and malware infections, including adware programs, fake alerts, browser hijackers, Trojans, and more. As you can see, installing a software bundle can always surprise you in the wrong way; therefore, it pays to be more cautious whenever you are about to install a package you have downloaded from questionable sites (torrent and shareware). It is important, for instance, that you read the license agreement that usually reveals the real content of such a bundle and the possible browser setting changes that come with it. You may want to download a totally different application but when you search the web to find a site where you could download it from, you land on an unfamiliar suspicious file-sharing page that will infect you with a bundle of threats instead of a single file installer. Remember that these pages may also promote unreliable third-party contents you may click on and drop further infections onto your PC or open malicious pages. We think that it is not enough for you to delete Registry Scanner from your system because you need to detect all other threat sources, too. For this, you can use a free online malware scanner that you can trust.
How does Registry Scanner work?
Similarly to all other supposed PC optimizers and registry cleaners, including Pc Health Aid, Reg TuneUp, and SystemKeeperPro, this application also offers you a free system scan that usually returns with thousands of alleged errors, which are supposed to scare inexperienced users. This is a rather pushy way to promote the full version of this PUP that normally costs $25 but somehow now there seems to be a huge discount and you can buy it for as little as $7. In any case, this appears to be a way to make some easy cash with a useless program. Our malware specialists say that the displayed scan results could be partly forged and thus fake; in other words, there could be references to invalid registry keys that do not even exist on your system. This is quite suspicious and should be considered to be a sign that the full version may not be reliable or beneficial at all. Since this PUP starts up with your Windows automatically, it will bug you every time to purchase the full version. Although we cannot claim that this program could endanger your system in any other way than forcing you to spend money on a potentially worthless full version, we still believe that you should remove Registry Scanner from your computer if you want to use a safe PC.
How do I delete Registry Scanner?
You can try to use its official uninstaller as a first attempt and you may well succeed. Open the list of installed programs in your Control Panel to locate this uninstaller and activate it. The only problem is that this will only work with the officially installed version but how about the silent one? Well, our tests indicate that you need to manually remove Registry Scanner if it was installed behind your back. Therefore, we have prepared the necessary instructions for you below. Still, it is possible that you do not wish to eliminate this PUP manually. If so, you can always use a reliable automated anti-malware tool, such as SpyHunter. But even when your PC has a decent protection like that, you need to remember to update your programs and drivers frequently so that cyber criminals cannot exploit potential vulnerabilities of outdated versions.
Remove Registry Scanner from Windows
- Tap Win+E to launch the File Explorer.
- Find these folders and bin them all:
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Registry Scanner
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Registry Scanner
%USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Registry Scanner
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Registry Scanner
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Registry Scanner
- Empty your Recycle Bin.
- Tap Win+Q and enter regedit. Press the Enter key.
- Find these registry keys and delete them:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\Registry Scanner
- Close your Registry Editor and reboot your system.
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