0scan.us is a deceptive website that is used to carry out a common rogue security software scam. The 0scan.us website displays a fake scan of the victim's computer in order to distribute rogue security programs such as System Security 4.51 and System Security 2009. One of the reasons why PC security analysts have warned against 0scan.us is that browser hijackers have been observed that drive traffic to this URL. Affected computer users may find that their computer forces them to visit 0scan.us repeatedly, where a fake scan of their computer is executed in order to convince them that they need to download and install bogus security programs. Since 0scan.us is associated with several well known online scams, including rogue security software and browser hijacking, ESG security researchers strongly advise computer users to avoid 0scan.us and to regard contact with this website as possible exposure to severe malware threats.
The 0scan.us website is designed to resemble the Windows' My Computer window. It will show that a scan of the victim's computer is being carried out. Like most fake security programs, 0scan.us will claim to have found numerous problems with this supposed 'scan' and then recommend that the computer user download and install a fake security program in order to get rid of these supposed malware issues. ESG security researchers have issued the following two main recommendations regarding 0scan.us:
- When your web browser is leading you to 0scan.us repeatedly or if your homepage has been replaced with 0scan.us, this is a symptom of a severe browser hijacker infection. ESG security researchers strongly advise using a strong anti-malware application to detect and delete all browser hijacking malware from your computer.
- 0scan.us has no components that carry out a legitimate malware scan; in other words, 0scan.us has no way of detecting or removing malware. Because of this, ESG security analysts strongly advise that computer users ignore all content on the 0scan.us website and avoid downloading any software recommended on this website. Malicious components on 0scan.us may try to force your web browser to download and install rogue security software in the background, without your authorization. Because of this, if you have had contact with the 0scan.us website, it is highly recommended that you scan your hard drive with a real security program to ensure that no unwanted software has entered your computer as a consequence of visiting 0scan.us.
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