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Thursday, December 18, 2014

How to Remove CloudScout Malware (Uninstall Guide)

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What is CloudScout and how do you know if you've been infected by it? Well, CloudScout is adawre and it can be accused of being many things but luckily for you and me, being subtle is not one of its strong points! Unlike many types of malware, it makes itself pretty visible by displaying "Ads by CloudScout" so luckily it is actually not difficult at all to know if you've been a target.

Apart from the fact that you'll now be seeing numerous pop up windows, banners, pop under windows and other types of online advertising brought by CloudScout, there are a few other tell tale signs that you have this adware installed on your PC or laptop. These are a few of them:
  • If you've noticed that your computer seems to be running a lot less efficiently than normal, this is often a sign that you have CloudScout or similar adware - or something more disturbing - installed on your machine. Malware can have a real knock on effect on your operating system's resources causing both your processor and your Internet connection to slow right down. It can also adversely interact with the other programs you have installed which in turn can cause websites or programs to crash and pages to load far more slowly.
  • CloudScout can also sap your memory so if you've noticed a big drop in the available space on your drives, this could also be highlighting an internal problem.
Here's an example of "Ads by CloudScout" when it comes to banner ads. As you can see, it can sometimes display blank ads.

So we know why your computer is suddenly acting like it was manufactured in the year 2000 but how did the CloudScout adware get on to your system in the first place? If you think back to the actions you performed just prior to this strange behavior, then you may well remember that you downloaded some music, installed a free app or program, or perhaps simply visited a website that uses cookies. Such adware more often than not is bundled with free programs and downloads, so chances are you've picked it up when downloading and installing something else.

The million dollar question is, how do you stop these nasty infections from attacking your computer in the future? Here are a few suggestion that will help to keep you safe from advertising supported software like CloudScout:
  • Install a good make of anti-virus software on your computer as well as a specific anti-malware program as this will provide you with a solid defense. It is a good idea to run your security programs on a regular basis manually so you can be sure of maintaining an adware and malware free machine.
  • You should also be careful when you are browsing the Internet as some websites can be infected, and without the site's owner knowing too. Websites that are the worst offenders for infection are adult content sites, sites that let you download programs for free, and even some sites dedicated to streaming or downloading music.
To remove this CloudScout and stop annoying ads, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!

Written by Michael Kaur,

CloudScout Removal Guide:

1. First of all, download 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 malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.

2. Remove CloudScout related programs from your computer using the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP) or Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7 and Windows 8).

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

If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".

Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.

3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
  • CloudScout
  • and any other recently installed application

Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.

Remove CloudScout related extensions from Google Chrome:

1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to ToolsExtensions.

2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove CloudScout, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.

Remove CloudScout related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:

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

2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove CloudScout, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.

Remove CloudScout related add-ons from Internet Explorer:

1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to ToolsManage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.

2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.


T Christine said...

there is no cloudscout in my uninstall program list but im getting clouscout ads?

Admin said...

@T Christine, it's probably installed under a different name. List your programs by install date and remove all recently installed programs that you do not recognize.

GembalaGajah said...

I could not find any recently installed program that could be the cloudscout. Any other way to find it?

Anonymous said...

Look for adware.bubble dock. that's what it was on my computer and i'm glad it's gone :0