ScanGoogle.ru is an untrustworthy search tool targeting computer users living in Indonesia at the time of writing. Although the majority of victims of it are Indonesian people, this search tool might slither onto computers and change all users’ browsers settings no matter where they live because several distribution methods are adopted to disseminate it. Generally speaking, it might appear on any users’ PCs if it is connected to the Internet. ScanGoogle.ru is usually referred to as a browser hijacker by specialists because it changes settings on users’ browsers without permission and, on top of that, it arrives on computers in malicious software bundles. The entrance of this browser hijacker does not go unnoticed. It replaces default homepages on all web browsers it finds installed. On top of that, some users claim that they have found it set as a default search engine too, so it might alter these settings as well. Although ScanGoogle.ru does look like an ordinary search tool, you should know that you must take action immediately if you ever find this URL in the address bar of your browser after launching it. Not all applications/tools which have a legitimate-looking appearance are really harmless, and ScanGoogle.ru is one of them. Let’s find out why researchers at 411-spyware.com know it as an untrustworthy search provider.
First of all, decent search tools never show up on browsers without permission. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about ScanGoogle.ru – users usually find their browsers’ settings altered and do not know anything about that. Second, research conducted by our malware researchers has revealed that ScanGoogle.ru not only displays Google search results when a user enters a search query, but might also provide users with the sponsored content. Specifically speaking, it might show third-party links and advertisements to users. There are two places where they can be found. Users should be able to locate ads on the start page of ScanGoogle.ru below Google Custom Search. Also, sponsored links might appear on the search results page opened by this search provider. It does not matter if you encounter real advertisements or the so-called sponsored links, do not click on them in any way. Unfortunately, it is easier to say than do. It is not always easy to distinguish between ordinary search results and third-party links promoting third-party pages, so you will sooner or later click on those links if you continue using ScanGoogle.ru as your default search tool. Both ads and these links belonging to third-parties might redirect straight to third-party pages with no information you are looking for. Instead, users might encounter malicious software on those websites. Privacy-related issues might arise too because not all these promoted third-party pages are trustworthy. Some of them might also gather data about users. Then, they might disclose/sell this information.
ScanGoogle.ru is called a browser hijacker mainly because it arrives on computers illegally and then hijacks all web browsers. Although there are so many distribution methods to distribute browser hijackers, it usually slithers onto computers unnoticed because it is spread in software bundles. Researchers at 411-spyware.com say that ScanGoogle.ru might act as a redirect as well. That is, malware active on a user’s computer might keep opening this URL automatically. Also, users’ searches might be redirected to ScanGoogle.ru from another page which is not associated with this website in any way. We have to admit that it is not always that easy to prevent undesirable software from entering computers because it might adopt aggressive tactics to enter systems. It is especially hard to stop them for those users who do not have much knowledge about malware. Of course, it does not mean that they cannot protect their PCs – they only need to enable security software on their PCs.
Although ScanGoogle.ru does not seem to be harmful, it might become your worst nightmare, so if you see that it opens search results to you, you must take action to eliminate it soon. You could set a new reputable search tool in its place right after its removal. All you need to do is to reset your browsers one by one. If it happens that ScanGoogle.ru is still launched for you after resetting web browsers, malicious software inside your system might be the one responsible for opening this URL. In this case, you should scan your system with an automatic malware remover, such as SpyHunter.