by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: Corrupt Anti-Spyware

Scan&Clean does not only use false positives, but also creates malicious objects during system scans. These objects are mostly harmful registry keys related to certain parasites. The program does not actually install any threats, but only creates some apparently harmless objects, which it then identifies as dangerous risks. This is made in order to deceive the user and trick him or her into purchasing Safe&Clean.

We have carefully tested the application on several absolutely clean uninfected computers. On one machine Scan&Clean managed to find 9 harmful registry keys and 8 malicious files related to 9 different parasites. Further analysis revealed that 2 entries were false positives, as files and keys in them actually belong to installed fully legitimate VMWare software. Other purportedly malicious objects were created by Scan&Clean during system scan. See a screenshot provided below.

On another test machine Scan&Clean produced similar results. It found 4 harmful registry keys and 4 malicious files related to 5 different parasites. Further analysis revealed that 3 entries were false positives, as files and keys in them actually belong to installed fully legitimate programs – STOPzilla anti-spyware and WMF vulnerability hotfix. Remaining 2 entries were created by Safe&Clean. See another screenshot.

System scan doesn’t take more than one minute. Apparently Safe&Clean doesn’t check most parts of the system at all.

Free version refuses to remove any malware it finds. It asks to register and purchase full commercial version.

Scan&Clean is a clone of UnSpyPC, the infamous illegally distributed spyware remover. Both applications have the same interface, use very similar spyware definitions database and consist of terribly similar components.

The official web site is www.scanandclean.com

DO NOT buy this product! AVOID Scan&Clean at all costs!

ScanAndClean download: not recommended

ScanAndClean was carefully tested by 2-spyware.com research center. The review is the result of our test. If you know additional information about ScanAndClean please send us the note
Advice: If your computer seems sluggish, or you are suffering from unwanted advertisements and redirects to unknown websites, we highly recommend you to scan it with reputable anti-spyware program. Do some FREE scan tests and check the system for unwanted applications that might be responsible for these problems.
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Compatible with Microsoft Windows Compatible with OS X
What to do if failed?
If you failed to remove infection using Reimage, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Reimage is a recommended tool to scan your system for possible threats and crappy software. The trial version of the product will find harmful applications in your system. Free scanner allows you to check whether your PC is infected or not. If you need to remove malware, you have to purchase the licensed version of Reimage malware removal tool.
More information about this program can be found in Reimage review.
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