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Remove Registry Scanner virus (Removal Guide) - updated Feb 2019

removal by Alice Woods - - | Type: System tools

Registry Scanner is the product from Lishbos that tricks users into thinking their device is infected and needs a full version of this optimization tool

Registry Scanner by LishbosRegistry Scanner is the program that tricks users into purchasing their software or calling the fake tech support number.

Questions about Registry Scanner virus

Registry Scanner by Lishbos is a registry optimizer that belongs to a PUP category because it gives no real value for the user. In promotional advertisements, this tool is called as a useful program that can fix issues on your computer. Once on the system, this scanner claims that the scan revealed problems with the device and you need to fix them with the paid version of the Registry Scanner. Various alerts about the security issues may also encourage you calling the fake support number 1-800-887-7982. This is a questionable system optimization program [1] designed and distributed by an India-based company called Lishbos. These fake registry cleaners use false positive scan results to trick users into purchasing their software.[2]

Name Registry Scanner
Type  System tools
Category  Potentially unwanted programs
Symptoms  Delivers fake scan results with false-positive results, encourages installing their software
Distribution  Software bundling, deceptive websites
main executable System Ignitor.exe
Developed by  Lishbos 
Elimination  Try uninstalling the fake cleaner. Use anti-malware tools like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego and scan the system entirely to find all additional intruders

This application starts its activity on the computer as soon as its executable System Ignitor.exe is deployed on the system. According to the software creators, the scanner is compatible with the majority of Windows versions, starting with Windows XP and going up to the latest Windows 10 but it is possible that MacOS users get similar threats also. 

Unfortunately, this software is not a product that will benefit your computer. On the opposite, users who have tried using it tend to express disappointment and discontent when talking about it. The majority of the complaints circle around the Registry Scanner's aggressive marketing strategies [3]. People claim that the program has shown up on their computers without warning and started scanning the system without permission.

Registry Scanner is promoted as a tool that promises to:

  • Repair registry damage
  • Improve PC's performance;
  • Improve outdated software;
  • Boost the speed of the computer.

However, these features belong to a Pro version that is encouraged to purchase when the scanner delivers results about possible issues with your machine. However, you shouldn't believe the suspicious program and its results because it automatically creates these results and shows the process of a system scan that might not even happen.

Registry Scanner virus

Your device is probably not affected by any of those issues you see on the screen beside the Registry Scanner PUP itself. When this tool gets installed on your device by you or automatically from the software bundle you may notice the slowness of the system or experience crashes from time to time.

Additionally. Registry Scanner icon appears on the Desktop and when you check the Task Manager it shows the process running in the background. It may show the high usage of resources like memory or CPU too. This is one of the most frustrating features about these intruders alongside intrusive commercial content.

Besides, the pop-ups that the program generates also come with a purpose. Registry Scanner virus developers try to foist the users a Pro version of the program, which should supposedly provide additional features and better computer use experience. If you are not planning on making such a purchase, there is no way to opt out these notifications.

Thus, after some time, this whole marketing strategy turns into a plain nagging [4]. You can put all of this to a stop only by carrying out Registry Scanner removal. We suggest employing reputable software like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for this purpose.

Because of this unwelcomed guest, the infected computer may start behaving unpredictably and become more prone to various errors and malware infections. Thus, to prevent your device from experiencing further issues, we recommend to remove Registry Scanner from your PC and inspect the system for additional malware.

Image displaying Registry Scanner virusRegistry Scanner is the PUP that looks like a legitimate system optimization software, but it is actually a nasty malware which will nag you with annoying pop-up urging you to purchase the full version of the product.

The many ways malware can reach your computer

The site of the scanner providers offers a paid full version of the software, but the users are also tempted with the free trial as well. Nevertheless, such an official way of obtaining this tool is just a part of the show that the fraudulent creators put up for the potential victims. In reality, it is more common for the similar scanners to be brought into the victim’s computers inside software packages together with other popular programs [5].

The users who want to keep their devices free from random programs should always choose Advanced or Custom settings when installing new software and follow all the installation steps very carefully. The process will allow you to opt out unwanted components and proceed with the installation safely.

Remove Registry Scanner from the infected device automatically

Talking about the best Registry Scanner removal techniques, we could say that the tendencies remain the same: specialized antimalware utilities to the best job taking care of the malware. Of course, the antivirus functionalities will be effective if the antivirus tool is legal and updated to the latest version.

Even if you do not have access to such a tool, do not ignore the virus or let it roam your computer unattended. Instead, skip to the manual tutorial below and try to remove Registry Scanner yourself. The removal steps are described in detail. Thus even the least tech-savvy users should be able to follow them without much difficulty.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Registry Scanner virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Registry Scanner from Windows systems

The instructions below explain how to remove undesirable PUP from the Windows operating system without the help of additional software.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Registry Scanner and related programs
    Here, look for Registry Scanner or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Registry Scanner from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Eliminate Registry Scanner from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Registry Scanner or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Erase Registry Scanner from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Registry Scanner and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Registry Scanner removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Registry Scanner virus from Microsoft Edge

You will remove Registry Scanner software properly only if you clean up all the places this virus may have left its trace on your computer. This involves your web browsers, too. Remove all the unfamiliar component from your Microsoft Edge extension list and reset the browser.

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Registry Scanner-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall Registry Scanner from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Registry Scanner and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Registry Scanner removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Registry Scanner from Google Chrome

If the adware is terrorizing you via Google Chrome, do not wait around and take some steps to stop it. Here is what you should do:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Registry Scanner and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Registry Scanner removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Registry Scanner from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Registry Scanner or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by Registry Scanner, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  6. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Registry Scanner removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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