What is Wscanner?
Wscanner is definitely not the best choice when it comes to PC optimization. In fact, this optimizer seems to be very similar to AllPCOptimizer, RapidFixer, and DrSpeedyPC, which are all well-known to our malware experts. Since this application exhibited questionable behavior while it was tested by our researchers, it has been categorized as a PUP, i.e., a potentially unwanted program. To be frank, most likely the majority of computer users have PUPs on their system, and most of them may not even know about it. It is, of course, only possible if your PC is not protected by an up-to-date malware removal tool that could filter out even potentially harmful applications such as this one. In all fairness, we cannot claim that this program is a huge risk or a dangerous beast. But we are still concerned about this PUP and its usefulness. We believe that you should delete Wscanner if you do not want to litter your hard drive with a messy and questionable application. As a matter of fact, this PUP may be the least of your worries if it managed to crawl onto your computer along with malware infections.
Where does Wscanner come from?
According to our researchers, reports show that this application may be found bundled with malicious software installers. It is quite common for schemers to pack browser hijackers, adware programs as well as potentially unwanted programs in one bundle with a legitimate free application. You can find such packages mainly on questionable websites related to file sharing, including torrent, freeware, and pornographic sites. These are usually filled with shady third-party advertisements, which are quite often disguised in a way. For example, it is possible that you think that you click on a download button or link, but, in reality, it hides a corrupt third-party ad that will trigger the download of an infectious bundle right away. There are two lessons to learn here. First, do not visit unreliable websites. Second, do not click on third-party ads. You may think that you can recognize which ads you can safely click on. Let us warn you that if an adware application is active on your computer, it is possible that it hijacks even legitimate ads on trustworthy websites. If you click on a corrupted ad, you may easily find yourself on a malicious website. In order to make sure that your system is all clean, we recommend that you remove Wscanner and then, scan your computer with a reliable malware scanner to find all other threats as well.
We also need to mention that this application has a promotional website, wscanner.com, where you can download it. But, if you do not remember visiting this site or installing this program, it is quite likely that it has sneaked onto your computer in a bundle.
How does Wscanner work?
You cannot expect anything revolutionary from this application. In fact, it seems to follow the same recipe of its predecessors. This PUP is promoted in two versions: a free and a paid one. Obviously, the free version is kind of a good-for-nothing program that mainly lists empty Windows Registry entries and temporary files as issues that need fixing. Of course, in order to be able to clear these issues from your computer, you need to buy the paid version, which costs $17. We do not think that it is an unreasonable price to pay if the application actually delivers and is useful for your PC, not to mention if it can also protect you from infections. As a matter of fact, these minor fixes this PUP may be capable of doing are not really substantial when it comes to system performance. $17 may be a high price when you buy something that is as good as useless. We think that you could find reliable and useful applications if you carry on with your web search. As for this PUP, we advise you to remove it.
How can I delete Wscanner?
We hope that we have been able to help you make up your mind with regard to the fate of this program. Unfortunately, saying goodbye will not be just a single click away. The uninstaller of this PUP does not do a proper job and leaves certain files and registry keys behind that need to be deleted manually. Please use our instructions below carefully to be able to make this program disappear. Remember that there may be more dangerous threats on your system that require your immediate action. Do not hesitate to eliminate all of the potential malware infections because your computer will not be safe unless you do so. If you do not wish to go after all potential threats manually, we suggest that you apply a decent anti-malware application.
How to remove Wscanner from Windows
Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
- Tap Win+X and choose Programs and Features.
- Click on the application and click Uninstall.
Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Access the Start menu and pick Control Panel.
- Select Uninstall a program.
- Click on the application and click Uninstall.
- Click Start and open Control Panel.
- Pick Add or Remove Programs.
- Click on the application and click Remove.
How to remove leftovers
- Tap Win+E to open File Explorer.
- Find the following files and delete them:%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\wscanner.lnk
%Windir%\Tasks: Wscanner Secure.job and Wscanner Updater.job (directory is dependent on your operating system)
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\wscanner.lnk
%Windir%\System32\Tasks: Wscanner Secure and Wscanner Updater (directory is dependent on your operating system)
- Find the following folders and delete them:
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Wscanner\secure (64-bit system!)
- Empty the Recycle Bin (Right-click on the desktop icon, choose Empty Recycle Bin, and press Yes).
- Tap Win+R and enter regedit. Click OK.
- Find HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Wscanner registry key and delete it.
- Close the editor.
- Reboot your system.
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