What is UScanWeb?
The experienced security professionals have determined that UScanWeb is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) from the category of Browser hijackers. Typically, browser hijackers make changes to the default homepage and search engine of user internet browsers, making it difficult to change them back. Browser hijackers may also include unwanted advertisements and pop-ups to show up in the hijacked web browsers. Browser hijackers are usually installed with freeware or shareware downloaded from third-party web-pages; they can also be found inside legitimate web pages and software.
Being affected by UScanWeb browser hijacker you will be forced to use its own search engine. It could seem not to be dangerous, but you still should be very careful, since it may display unwanted and harmful ads developed to trick you into buying certain questionable programs or products, provide search results that may redirect your web browser to certain deceptive, misleading or harmful websites. We recommend that you use only the reliable search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing.
As well as unwanted browser redirects, UScanWeb can collect your Internet browsing activity by saving web sites visited, browser version and type, cookie information, Internet Service Provider (ISP), URLs visited and IP addresses. Such kind of behavior can lead to serious security problems or personal data theft. This is another reason why the browser hijacker should be uninstalled as quickly as possible.
As evident, browser hijackers and potentially unwanted programs are quite dangerous. So, we recommend you remove it from your computer sooner. Follow the tutorial presented below to remove UScanWeb from your web-browser.
How can a browser hijacker get on your personal computer
The majority of PUPs and browser hijackers such as UScanWeb gets onto computer by being attached to free software or even paid programs which Internet users can easily download online. The setup packages of such apps, most often, clearly display that they will install third-party programs. The option is given to users to stop the setup of any third-party apps. So, in order to avoid the install of any hijackers: read all disclaimers and install screens very carefully, choose only Custom or Advanced installation mode and uncheck all third-party apps in which you are unsure.
|Type||browser hijacker, PUP, redirect virus, search engine hijacker, startpage hijacker|
|Affected Browser Settings||home page, newtab URL, search provider|
|Distribution||free applications installers, malicious pop-up ads, fake updaters|
|Symptoms||You experience a lot of of unexpected advertising pop-ups. Web page links redirect to web pages different from what you expected. There is an unexpected program in the ‘Uninstall a program’ section of your Control Panel. An unexpected internet browser addon appears in your web browser. Your web-browser startpage or search provider keeps changing or is not set to Google anymor.|
|Removal||UScanWeb removal guide|
How to remove UScanWeb hijacker
There are several steps to removing UScanWeb browser hijacker, because it installs itself so deeply into MS Windows. You need to remove any suspicious and unknown apps, then delete harmful extensions from the Chrome, Internet Explorer, MS Edge and Firefox and other web browsers you have installed. Finally, you need to reset your web-browser settings to remove any changes UScanWeb hijacker has made, and then check your computer with Zemana Anti-Malware, MalwareBytes Anti Malware (MBAM) or Hitman Pro to ensure the browser hijacker is fully removed. It will take a while.
To remove UScanWeb, complete the following steps:
- How to manually remove UScanWeb
- Automatic Removal of UScanWeb
- How to stop UScanWeb redirect
How to manually remove UScanWeb
Read this section to know how to manually delete the UScanWeb hijacker. Even if the steps does not work for you, there are several free malicious software removers below that can easily handle such hijackers.
Removing the UScanWeb, check the list of installed software first
The best way to begin the PC cleanup is to delete unknown and questionable apps. Using the Microsoft Windows Control Panel you can do this quickly and easily. This step, in spite of its simplicity, should not be ignored, because the removing of unneeded applications can clean up the Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox from popups hijackers and so on.
|Windows 7||Windows 8|
|Windows 10||Mac OS|
Remove UScanWeb hijacker from Internet Explorer
By resetting Microsoft Internet Explorer internet browser you restore your browser settings to its default state. This is good initial when troubleshooting problems that might have been caused by browser hijacker such as UScanWeb.
First, launch the Microsoft Internet Explorer, press ) button. Next, click “Internet Options” as shown on the image below.
In the “Internet Options” screen select the Advanced tab. Next, click Reset button. The Internet Explorer will display the Reset Internet Explorer settings prompt. Select the “Delete personal settings” check box and click Reset button.
You will now need to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. It will remove UScanWeb browser hijacker, disable malicious and ad-supported web browser’s extensions and restore the Microsoft Internet Explorer’s settings such as start page, newtab page and default search engine to default state.
Remove UScanWeb from Chrome
Reset Chrome settings will remove UScanWeb from start page, search provider and new tab and disable malicious extensions. It will also clear cached and temporary data (cookies, site data and content). When using the reset feature, your personal information such as passwords, bookmarks, browsing history and web form auto-fill data will be saved.
Open the Google Chrome menu by clicking on the button in the form of three horizontal dotes (). It will show the drop-down menu. Choose More Tools, then click Extensions.
Carefully browse through the list of installed extensions. If the list has the extension labeled with “Installed by enterprise policy” or “Installed by your administrator”, then complete the following instructions: Remove Google Chrome extensions installed by enterprise policy otherwise, just go to the step below.
Open the Chrome main menu again, press to “Settings” option.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Advanced” link. Now scroll down until the Reset settings section is visible, as shown on the image below and click the “Reset settings to their original defaults” button.
Confirm your action, click the “Reset” button.
Remove UScanWeb from Mozilla Firefox by resetting web-browser settings
If the Mozilla Firefox internet browser default search engine, newtab page and homepage are hijacked by UScanWeb and you want to restore the settings back to their default state, then you should follow the guidance below. Essential information like bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, cookies, auto-fill data and personal dictionaries will not be removed.
First, run the Firefox and click button. It will open the drop-down menu on the right-part of the internet browser. Further, click the Help button () similar to the one below.
In the Help menu, select the “Troubleshooting Information” option. Another way to open the “Troubleshooting Information” screen – type “about:support” in the browser adress bar and press Enter. It will open the “Troubleshooting Information” page as shown in the figure below. In the upper-right corner of this screen, click the “Refresh Firefox” button.
It will display the confirmation prompt. Further, click the “Refresh Firefox” button. The Mozilla Firefox will start a task to fix your problems that caused by the UScanWeb hijacker. Once, it’s done, press the “Finish” button.
Automatic Removal of UScanWeb
If you’re unsure how to get rid of UScanWeb hijacker easily, consider using automatic hijacker removal software that listed below. It will identify the UScanWeb browser hijacker and remove it from your PC for free.
How to remove UScanWeb with Zemana
If you need a free utility that can easily scan for and remove UScanWeb browser hijacker, then use Zemana Anti Malware. This is a very handy program, which is primarily developed to quickly look for and remove adware software and malware infecting web-browsers and changing their settings.
Zemana Free can be downloaded from the following link. Save it directly to your MS Windows Desktop.
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When the download is finished, close all apps and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup like the one below.
When the installation begins, you will see the “Setup wizard” which will help you setup Zemana Free on your PC.
Once installation is finished, you will see window as shown below.
Now click the “Scan” button . Zemana program will scan through the whole PC system for the UScanWeb browser hijacker. Depending on your device, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Zemana program is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
After the checking is done, you can check all items detected on your personal computer. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and press “Next” button.
The Zemana Free will delete UScanWeb browser hijacker.
Run HitmanPro to remove UScanWeb browser hijacker
In order to make sure that no more harmful folders and files linked to the UScanWeb browser hijacker are inside your PC, you must run another effective malware scanner. We recommend to use Hitman Pro. No installation is necessary with this utility.
Click the link below to download Hitman Pro. Save it on your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
When the downloading process is done, open the file location and double-click the HitmanPro icon. It will run the HitmanPro utility. If the User Account Control prompt will ask you want to start the application, click Yes button to continue.
Next, press “Next” to begin scanning your PC for the UScanWeb browser hijacker. Depending on your device, the scan can take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. When a threat is found, the count of the security threats will change accordingly.
Once HitmanPro completes the scan, it will display the Scan Results like the one below.
Make sure to check mark the threats which are unsafe and then press “Next” button. It will show a prompt, press the “Activate free license” button. The Hitman Pro will remove UScanWeb hijacker and move the selected items to the program’s quarantine. After the task is finished, the tool may ask you to restart your PC.
Run MalwareBytes Free to delete UScanWeb browser hijacker
Manual UScanWeb browser hijacker removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the hijacker can be not completely removed. We suggest that run the MalwareBytes that are completely clean your PC system of hijacker. Moreover, this free program will help you to remove malicious software, potentially unwanted programs, adware and toolbars that your computer can be infected too.
Installing the MalwareBytes Free is simple. First you’ll need to download MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) by clicking on the following link.
Category: Security tools
Update: April 15, 2020
When the downloading process is finished, close all software and windows on your PC system. Double-click the install file named MBSetup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the Setup wizard that will help you install MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) on your device. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is done successfully, press “Get Started” button. MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will automatically start and you can see its main screen such as the one below.
Now click the “Scan” button to perform a system scan for the UScanWeb hijacker. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your personal computer and the speed of your PC system.
As the scanning ends, MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will show a screen which contains a list of malware that has been found. All detected items will be marked. You can delete them all by simply click “Quarantine” button. The MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) will start to delete UScanWeb hijacker. Once disinfection is complete, you may be prompted to restart the computer.
We suggest you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes AntiMalware to get rid of adware, browser hijacker and other malware.
How to stop UScanWeb redirect
In order to increase your security and protect your computer against new intrusive ads and harmful web pages, you need to use ad blocker application that stops an access to malicious ads and webpages. Moreover, the program can block the display of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web-pages and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
- Download AdGuard on your Windows Desktop by clicking on the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- Once downloading is done, launch the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the setup is done, click “Skip” to close the install program and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial which will help you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will launch automatically and stop unwanted ads, block UScanWeb, as well as other harmful or misleading web sites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which can be found on your desktop.
To sum up
Now your computer should be free of the UScanWeb hijacker. We suggest that you keep Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) (to periodically scan your personal computer for new hijackers and other malware) and AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted ads and harmful web pages). Moreover, to prevent any browser hijacker, please stay clear of unknown and third party apps, make sure that your antivirus program, turn on the option to detect PUPs.
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