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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

How to Remove Scour (Uninstall Guide)

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Scour is a meta search engine that combines search results from Google, Yahoo, MSN and integrates real time search results from social networks to deliver the most relevant search results. is the official website of this meta search engine. But you can also install Scour Toolbar or web browser search plug-in and use it directly from your favorite web browser. Although, Scour is not a virus or any other type of malicious software, we often receive emails from our readers saying that they can't remove Scour from their computers completely and that they didn't even install it. Well, we just want to remind you that Scour toolbar and similar applications are often bundled with freeware or shareware software. We haven't found any evidence that Scour comes bundled with malicious software. Anyway, we totally understand you that it's quite frustrating when your search results are being redirected to especially when type something into Google or any other search engine, hit search, click on a certain search result link and you get another search engine instead of the page you was looking for. To remove Scour from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below. Good luck and be safe online!

Scour removal instructions:

1. First of all, download recommended anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this browser hijacker. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. Go to the Start Menu. Select Control PanelAdd/Remove Programs.
If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, select Control PanelUninstall a Program.

3. Search for Scour Toolbar in the list. Select the program and click Remove button.
If you are using Windows Vista/7, click Uninstall up near the top of that window.

Alternate removal: run C:\Program Files\scourtoolbar\uninstall.exe

Remove Scour in Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons.

2. Select Toolbars and Extension. Choose Scour Toolbar from the list and click on Disable button.

3. Select Search Providers. Select Scour - Search Socially and Sourc Search and click Remove button to remove it.

Remove Scour in Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to ToolsAdd-ons.

2. Select Extensions. Choose Scour Toolbar and click Uninstall button.

Associated Scour files and registry values:

  • C:\Program Files\scourtoolbar\install.ico
  • C:\Program Files\scourtoolbar\scourtoolbar.dll
  • C:\Program Files\scourtoolbar\toolbar.ini
  • C:\Program Files\scourtoolbar\uninstall.exe
Registry values:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AppDataLow\Software\scourtoolbar
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\scourtoolbar
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Anonymous said...

Scour is definitely malicious. It is not a currently installed program or add-on in any browser but redirects Google searches regardless.

It has coincidentally started affecting the computer along with PING.EXE, which is a valid Windows executable, but it is being accessed through other malicious software.

Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous. Also, none of the above "solutions" help because the scour virus cannot be found in any of the apps suggested.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, when a search is briefly redirected to a porn site before going to their 'search' page.... THAT'S MALWARE!

Christopher Franko said...

ugh blah, i cant find this shit anywhere

Anonymous said...

How can you call this not a virus or malware? This thing is horrible and redirects links I click and freezes my browser. Example:

Thats what comes up when I clink on my own personal links. Someone please find a fix.