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#1 RichardH23

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 07:10 AM

Hi, I hope you can help.  I sometimes run EMIsoft Energency Kit as a backup scanner (I have Norton as the main antivirus) and for the last couple of months it has been finding a registry entry which it identifies as "No risk" but is still picking up on.  Each time I quarantine it, but it shows again on the next scan.  The other day I ran Malwarebytes Junkware removal tool, which finds the same registry entry, which I remove, and it comes back.  I've scanned with Malwarebytes, Norton, Adwcleaner, and these have found nothing. 

 

Is this entry a problem?  Do you have any ideas what it might be?  The entry is:

 

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{AFBCB7E0-F91A-4951-9F31-58FEE57A25C4}

 

I am running Windows 10 and using IE 11.

 

The computer itself is running fine, although IE crashes from time to time.

 

Thanks for any help you can give me.

 

Richard



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 08:37 AM

I googled SearchScopes...it's annoying but not dangerous.  Download and run AdwCleaner; find the SearchScope item[s] and delete those.  I recommend not deleting everything else it finds 'cause not everything else it find - is bad; if you recognize some thing[s] you do not want - delete that of course.


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 10:38 AM

Hi, thanks for replying.  I just ran AdwCleaner and it still couldn't find anything. 

 

After AdwCleaner, I then tried the Junkware scanner: the first time it found nothing - I tried it a second time, just a minute or so later, and this time it found the same registry entry.  AdwCleaner can't seem to detect anything, and Junkware detects it, says its removed, then it comes back again.

 

I don't suppose you could suggest anything else?  Apart from running the different scanners, which either can't find anything wrong, or only remove it temporarily, I'm not sure what else to do.

 

Thanks

 

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 11:44 AM

I did not vet any of the sources given by Google...

 

Dec 21, 2014 - SearchScopes extension is an adware that infiltrate the computer by means of third-party ... [malwarefixes.com]

https://www.google.com/search?q=SearchScopes+removal&oq=SearchScopes+removal&aqs=chrome..69i57j0.14495j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 

In the past, I've gotten rid of Conduit and other related unwanted adwares, via a combination of locating the involved files and surgically-precise usage of [un-named, BC doesn't approve of registry-editors].


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 12:51 PM

Thanks for trying.  I don't want to mess around with the registry myself, as I don't really know what I am doing with it...






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