ScanGuard Antivirus: Here’s what you need to know about it

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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Browsing through Microsoft’s forum, we noticed there is one term that caught the attention of many people: ScanGuard. Most users believe this software is actually a malicious program and avoid installing it on their machines.

Other Windows users aren’t sure whether ScanGuard is a virus or not, and simply want to gather more information about it. So, is ScanGuar malware or not?

ScanGuard Antivirus puzzles Windows users


Do not use this, I believe it to be a scam. The first trick is it is free——-oh no it aint, sooner or later your brain will ask just how much is this going to cost me, carry on at your peril ! If you do back out (common sense kicks in) make absolutely sure you can delete it all in its entirety.

ScanGuard is a PC clean-up and optimization tool. Since it’s a very new program, there is not much information available about it. All data indicates that ScanGuard was rolled out in September last year, but the fact that its creators have yet to provide potential users with more details is, indeed, worrisome.

However, the tool’s official website appears to be genuine, although this is not a solid evaluation criterion.

ScanGuard is free to install, but it comes with a yearly subscription of $49.00. As far as users’ feedback is concerned, it appears ScanGuard leaves much to be desired because its behavior is similar to a malware’s.

Here’s what one user reports:

Beware this Scanguard software. If you don’t purchase the removal tools after it finds multiple problems on your computer it will then take over your computer via the Edge browser and threaten to lock it.

Other users report that while well-known antivirus solutions can’t detect any threats on their machines, ScanGuard comes up with a long list of potential threats.

big scam not free. found loads of malware a on my computer that had just been scanned and found to be safe and clear, but they come up with loads of preinstalled alerts about infections that just are not there. then they expect you to buy it to clear your fictitious malware, not Free just a scam don’t use it.

What does Microsoft say about ScanGuard?


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Microsoft’s forum moderators recommended users to stick to Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender. These tools are powerful enough to protect your computer against virtually all the threats lurking in the dark.

For Vista or Windows 7 use MSE – Free. For Windows 8/8.1 and 10 use Windows Defender which in those OS’s is a full antivirus (same as MSE).
And use the Windows Firewall. Use Malwarebytes – Free as an On-Demand scanner if needed.

Why are there so many people promoting ScanGuard?

Many users are also wondering why there are so many tech websites and tech gurus promoting the product. There are quite a few positive ScanGuard reviews available online.

It is worth mentioning that ScanGuard has a very enticing affiliate program, its partners can earn up to $70 for each user that signs up for a paid account.

Of course, there may also be users and tech websites that actually found value in ScanGuard and then decided to promote the product — to each his own.

The suggested alternative to ScanGuard antivirus


We strongly suggest you check out some of the best antivirus software for your Windows PC before falling prey to ScanGuard.

While no cybersecurity company has confirmed that ScanGuard is a malware, the tool’s unstable behavior doesn’t recommend it for use. Indeed, the program appears to be genuine, yet its adware behavior ruin its reliability.

Users complained about its marketing oriented approach: you can download it for free, use it to scan your PC, but when it comes to actually removing the threats detected, you’ve got to show ScanGuard the money.

Many users wouldn’t have this hostile attitude towards ScanGuard if things had been laid out clearly from the very beginning. Again, technically speaking, the company behind ScanGuard never lied because it never stated that the tool would also remove the threats for free.

Indeed, the download and scanning processes are free. However, if you want ScanGuard to go to the next level, you need to pay.

Conclusions —  ScanGuard: scam or legit?

In a nutshell, we don’t recommend ScanGuard to anyone. There are many user testimonials that point to its malware-like behavior. Also, the scan results always seem to be the same, and this raises many questions.

Another fishy element is the lack of reaction of the company behind ScanGuard Antivirus. Most user reviews are negative, yet ScanGuard has yet to issue any comments on the situation.

However, if you decide to give it a go, install it on an old PC where you don’t keep essential files and folders. In this manner, you can quickly reformat the device if you don’t like the way that the software is behaving.

Also, don’t forget to create a Restore Point before installing the software. In case anything goes wrong, you’ll be able to restore your PC’s settings and files to a time where everything was running smoothly.

Please leave your comment below and let us know what has been your experience so far with ScanGuard on Windows 10 or on any other Windows OS version.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • they renewed scan guard automatically without my permission, as they had my visa card from the previous year , now I’m not able to contact anyone to take it of my credit card, there is no phone # and the sites cannot be displayed.

  • Total Scamware! After installation, it slowed my Alienware to a crawl and Malwarebytes reports over 3800+ PUP issues. Do NOT purchase this.

  • scanguard is a con, i have asked usa interpol, uk government to investigate, scanguard force millions of users to buy anti virus software when there is no virus, the only malware is scanguard who will not go away, it stops your computer from working. does microsoft own scangaurd even if they dont they back scanguard. what an evil joke they are hackers, they obtain very large monies ( from all users ) by deception, grand larson.

  • Do NOT go anywhere near SCANGUARD, since I installed it but did not pay them for the tools that they were offering I have been affected by SPORA RANSOMEWARE, which I suspect is linked to Scanguard, no proof but everything went berzerke, with loss of all photos and work from the date that I stupidly installed Scanguard.

  • Thanks for reviews and details on ScanGuard, one of earlier reviews I checked rating ScanGuard among all the others including the most recognized family popular Anti Viruses rating ScanGuard as the Best?? One of the things I liked about it was it doesn’t hog your disk drive with Updates and it resolves problems on you PC/ Laptop, including problems with MS Outlook which I have. Something I don’t like is they have an introductory Price of $39 (Au) then the annual price goes to $109??? Appreciate the shared knowledge, I’ll have to resolve my Outlook problem elsewhere unless there are any tools around?? Thanks Jose

  • ADVERTORIAL BY SCANGUARD ON WEB LIFE ADVICE LINKED TO VIA NEWS ARTICLES ON GOOGLE. SO DOES GOOGLE THINK THIS IS SAFE AND IF NOT WILL THEY EITHER REMOVE IT FROM THEIR SITE OR STEP UP AND COVER ALL COSTS …. I DONT THINK SO

  • Scam Guard don’t download it. To remove it simply go to My Computer click on uninstall, than click on it from the list and then click un-install. You will have to restart the computer for it go be completely removed.

  • i had a new drive installed on mycomputer,and theseguys have listed about40 promblems wrong with my computer,also i can t reomove their warning when i try to activate my services. should i report them to the ctrc the federal body that looks into these matters. their email site i can not acess.

  • I don’t know how it happened, but I checked out Scanguard, thought it looked sus, so did not look any further.
    Shock & horror … It had been debited to my VISA card without my authority. So have raised a scam complaint requesting an immediate refund. Just hope I’m lucky!
    Caveat emptor … buyer beware

  • SCAM IMO. I had this ScanGuard window pop on my screen and no matter what I did I can never get rid of it. I have a suspicion, they collect all personal info and track your online usage.

  • If you did get it, like I did 🙁 , How do you remove it completely! I can’t remember how I got it in the first place, but it isn’t on the list to add/remove programs. I don’t find an app, so I don’t know how to remove it.

  • Scanguard – I have just gone through the steps needed to download Scanguard, and have paid for the privilege via PayPal. Attempts to activate the software simply lead back to a page where I can fill in my bank account details. Attempts to activate a ‘Contact’ link simply leads to adverts. So far then ScanGuard appears to be nothing more than an attempt to obtain the public’s bank and/or PayPal details. Do not go anywhere near it.