Is it weird to have a lot of pop-ups on my computer as I didn’t order them? Recently, I have been received many advertisements coming from a stuff called ShopScouter. I don’t know if it is a good program or something bad as I’m not familiar with it at all. What can it bring to my computer as I haven’t gotten any security warning about it from my anti-virus program? What should I do?

Brief Introduction to This Hijacker

It can be annoying to have been disturbed by a lot of irrelevant pop-ups made by this ShopScouter when you are watching video, playing games or working on your computer. Technically speaking, this kind of program is not a safe software that can help computer users to choose goods on the Internet. It can be classified as a potentially unwanted program that can generate too many problems to the infected computers in many aspects. Also, we can also alert users that it is a browser hijacker which can attach browsers installed on the target computers and change many settings in them. Under this circumstance, cyber hackers who make this infection can get illegal benefits from innocent computer users without being noticed.

The Screenshot of This Hijacker


To make the situation even worse, this kind of browser hijacker cannot be detected by most security tools nowadays as it doesn’t belong to any type of computer virus that listed on the detection ranges of anti-virus programs. That can be really bad as not all users can distinguish this ShopScouter as a bad stuff for their machines. Also, the creators of this hijacker can forge it as a useful online shopping program for people to download from the network. Many PC users will never notice what optional program they will get when they try to install the really needed programs to their machines as cyber criminals can bundle this infection to those programs. So, after people install the corrupted programs to their computers, this hijacker can infiltrate the machines at the same time.

When this ShopScouter infection gets installed on the target machines, the browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome can be the main targets for it to attack. It will add lots of harmful extension and add-ons to them and make changes in settings arbitrarily. Important browsers settings like DNS can be modified into wrong order, which can make users take a long time to load web pages and being redirected to some strange and unsafe websites when they go online. Default homepage and search engine can also be controlled by some pages that made by cyber hackers. It can be really dangerous to keep using the infected computers to go online as this infection can be able to steal the privacy information and send them to hackers secretly.

The properties of Browser Hijacker

-Can not be detected by your anti-virus software, which makes it hard to uninstall from the computer.
-Once you open your browser, you will be redirected to some unknown websites.
-Can slow down the performance of the computer, or even blue screen.
-Can pop up many unwanted advertisements when you are doing something else.
-Can change your settings in your browser and it is not easy to change it back.

If you find any symptoms listed above showing on your computer, then your computer must be suffered with a browser hijacker that causes you keep being redirecting to this ShopScouter. Welcome to contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts for manual removal guide. Also, we will provide a short removal guide below for computer literate.

NOTE: Being afraid to do any wrong operation during the process of removing this browser hijacker? Please contact YooSecurity Online PC Experts, we are here to help you:

Manual Removal Guide of Browser Hijacker (For Computer Literate)

There is a removal guide of Browser Hijacker provided here; however, expertise is required during the process of removal, please make sure you are capable to do it by yourself.

Step 1: Find Ctrl, Alt, and Delete these 3 keys and then press them together to open task manager to end the process related to this hijacker, the name of the process of it is random.

XP task manager

Step 2: Try to find Folder Options in Control Panel, select the View tab, and then tick Show hidden files and folders and non-tick Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) and then click OK.


Step 3: Click on Start button at the right lower corner, then click on Control Panel


Then you will come to the Control Panel windows, click on Add and Remove Programs


Then try to find the program which relates to this browser hijacker, highlight it and choose Remove, the program’s name is random.


Step4: Change your homepage in your browser (Take Internet Explorer as an Example)

From the Navigation toolbar in Internet Explorer, click Tools and select Internet Options.

IE tools

Then type the URL you want into the Home page box and then click OK


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People who get this ShopScouter on their computers must try to get rid of it as soon as possible. It is not a good program that can provide useful advertisements to users. What it can bring to the affected systems can only be chaos. If this infection cannot be removed in time, it will help many other computer viruses like Trojan, malware and many bad things to damage the corrupted systems more.

Suggestion: To follow removal guide that mentioned above, a level of computer knowledge is needed. Still can’t get out of ShopScouter? Contact online experts for help now!

Published by Tony Shepherd & last updated on April 10, 2015 11:50 pm

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