|Type||Ad-supported Application, Fake Tech Support Scam|
|Short Description||Once triggered, the user will start viewing pop-up windows about a virus detected on the system.|
|Symptoms||Pop-ups imitating a legitimate Microsoft Windows service.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (the ‘bundling’ method), or visiting suspicious websites.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Scaninfor.info|
Scaninfor.info is a malicious domain that is believed to be a Tech Support scam by many security investigators. It has not been confirmed that this application can insert malicious code, but experts believe it can be a result of a redirect caused by a PUP(Potentially Unwanted Program)on your computer. In case you have seen this screen without deliberately clicking on it, recommendations are to scan immediately your system with a professional anti-malware protection software.
How Did I Get Scaninfor.info Redirect?
The most probable method to distribute this malicious domain via a third-party freeware unwanted application. Such an app may be a browser extension, a toolbar installed as a program, or simply a process running actively in the background of your OS. Such programs usually come in combination with other free software such as free media player, file converters, image editors and other free programs.
What Does Scaninfor.info Do?
Scaninfor.info is regarded as a tech support scam. When opened, the site included what appeared to be an artificial voice message saying the following message:
→“Important Security Message
Please call the number provided as soon as possible. You will be guided for the removal of the adware/spyware virus on your computer. Seeing these pop-ups means that you have a virus installed on your computer that puts the security of your personal data at a serious risk. It is strongly advised that you call the number provided and get your computer fixed before you do any shopping online.”
Judging by the end of the message, this fake message, associated with the number 1-855-720-2636 could be linked to an adware PUP that is possibly a shopping assistant, like BlazerDeals Ads, MacMin Ads and others.
Bear in mind that you should not call the number provided by this application due to several reasons. Main of those is that the phone call can be very expensive for you. Another reason is that the scammers use different techniques to convince users like you to give out their financial and personal information. Scammers may sell this info to the highest bidder or may take advantage of it in their interests, so it is important not to comply with the demands in scaninfor.info.
How To Remove Scaninfor.info Redirect?
You can close your browser, of course, but this is no guarantee that the pop-up may surface once more on your computer. This is why, the most efficient way to remove such threat is to eliminate the files associated with it which may be lying on your computer. In order to do this, you should follow the step-by-step tutorial below. Also, in case you are not tech-savvy user, please refer to downloading a particular anti-malware program that will detect all objects associated with scaninfor.info in a safe manner.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Scaninfor.info from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Scaninfor.info from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Scaninfor.info from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Scaninfor.info from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Scaninfor.info from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Scaninfor.info from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Scaninfor.info from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Scaninfor.info from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Scaninfor.info
Step 2: Uninstall Scaninfor.info and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Scaninfor.info on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Scaninfor.info there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Scaninfor.info from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Scaninfor.info and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Scaninfor.info via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Scaninfor.info from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Scaninfor.info from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Scaninfor.info from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Scaninfor.info from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Scaninfor.info will be removed.
Eliminate Scaninfor.info from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.