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Remove Scoutee.net virus (Improved Guide) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Things you didn’t know about Scoutee.net search engine

We inserted the description of Scoutee.net virus into browser hijacker[1] category due to the behavior of it. This potentially unwanted program (PUP), just like any other browser hijacker, pretends to be a useful search tool, while at the same time it seeks for revenue, and at this point, the user becomes the victim. We highly recommend you to remove Scoutee.net hijacker if you accidentally installed it on your computer, because most likely it won’t provide you with relevant search results. If your PC was infected, you should notice that Google Chrome, Firefox, and possibly other browsers now consider Scoutee.net URL to be the new homepage, new tab and even default search engine address. The identified domain suggests using a search engine that, in fact, looks like any other search engine in the world – its simplistic design does not give the pretext to believe that there’s something wrong with it. Sadly, this search tool provided by AVSoftware, LLC seems to be gathering affiliate links and converting them into search results rather than actually providing results that respond to user’s search queries. Sponsored search results are used to promote certain third-party websites and attract pay-per-click revenue[2], sadly, these results can throw the user onto highly suspicious web pages. If your privacy and computer’s protection matter to you, Scoutee.net removal should be your priority task right now.
Scoutee.net virusScoutee.net virus attempts to trick users into using this shady search engine, which provides many paid search results.

Questions about Scoutee.net virus

On top of that, Scoutee.net redirect virus might try to collect personally non-identifiable information about you and your browsing preferences, such as your IP address, browser type, ISP, cookie information, websites you visited and also your recent search queries[3]. Collected information may be provided to internal and external clients, or, in other words, third-parties and advertisers. To put it shortly, you are going to receive dozens of ads from third-party advertisers via Scoutee.net search results, but the associated browser hijacker might also attempt to display ads in pop-up windows or banners. Such activity is highly annoying and, as we have mentioned, can expose you to dangerous content[4]. Therefore, we suggest you use the tutorial provided below the article to eliminate the program that keeps the suspicious search tool in your browser. To complete the removal procedure, run a full system scan with ReimageIntego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner software.

Beware of browser hijackers and other PUPs included in Default software installation mode!

Browser hijackers tend to hide in installers of other free programs[5], and that is the reason why they manage to enter computer systems unnoticed so successfully. We doubt that you can find a user who hasn’t been tricked into installing a potentially unwanted program this way. Software bundling is a hands-down the most efficient technique to spread ad-supported programs; however, you only need to know a couple of things to prevent PUPs from hijacking your computer system. To prevent Scoutee.net hijack, and to keep other spyware programs at distance, select Custom or Advanced settings when installing new programs on your computer. If the software installer doesn’t provide you an option to choose, simply look for pre-marked checkboxes that grant your permission to install “recommended” third-party software alongside your chosen program. Deselect these check boxes and proceed with the installation. Finally, if the installer doesn’t give you an option to choose, read Privacy Policy and Terms of Use documents provided in it, and, if you find any suspicious statements about additional software, close the installer and try to download your desired software from a more reliable web source.

Remove Scoutee.net hijacker easily

Luckily, browser hijackers are not sophisticated programs, and usually, it takes just a couple of minutes to uninstall them manually. Of course, if you are an advanced computer user. If you’re not, we suggest you to use Scoutee.net removal instructions (provided below) or anti-spyware program to remove Scoutee.net virus from the system. If you have any questions regarding this browser hijacker, do not hesitate to ask us!

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To remove Scoutee.net virus, follow these steps:

Eliminate Scoutee.net from Windows systems

Open Control Panel and go to Programs and Features panel. Here, look for a program called Scoutee or similarly. Uninstall it.

  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 Scoutee.net and related programs
    Here, look for Scoutee.net 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 Scoutee.net 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.

Erase Scoutee.net from Mac OS X system

Remove application called Scoutee, but do not forget to remove all other shady-looking apps as well.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Scoutee.net from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Scoutee.net-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Scoutee.net, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Scoutee.net and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Scoutee.net-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Delete Scoutee.net 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 Scoutee.net 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 Scoutee.net removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Scoutee.net virus from Microsoft Edge

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 Scoutee.net-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 Scoutee.net from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Fix Firefox by removing Scoutee add-on.

  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 Scoutee.net 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 Scoutee.net removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove Scoutee.net from Google Chrome

Scoutee.net browser hijacker should be lurking in Chrome in a form of Scoutee extension. Find it and uninstall it.

  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 Scoutee.net 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 Scoutee.net removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Eliminate Scoutee.net 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 Scoutee.net 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 Scoutee.net, 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 Scoutee.net removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

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Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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  1. Ralpg says:
    April 4th, 2017 at 8:56 am

    scoutee.net search engine SUCKS

  2. gurlq28 says:
    April 4th, 2017 at 8:58 am

    True! i cant get rid of it!

  3. Cathy says:
    April 4th, 2017 at 8:57 am

    DONT INSTALL SCOUTEE. ITS USELESS!

  4. Lawrence says:
    April 4th, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I installed this search tool and it doesnt work properly! It annoys me so much!

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