RunScanner Review – A excellent startup & hijack analyzer

RunScanner is an excellent application that will scan the startup items and hunt for Malware. It will scan for all running processes, programs, services, drivers, auto start locations, and hijack points. It can detect system changes made by viruses, malware.

RunScanner Review

When you open the application it will give you an option to select which mode you want to open with Expert Mode or Beginner mode. If you’re a newbie to the whole start-up analysis then it’s best to go into Beginners mode. If you know what you are doing, the Expert Mode is for you.


If you’re opening in Expert Mode it will first show you a blank screen and you have to click on Scan computer to check for loaded processes, Startup locations, Hijack points and MD5 hashes, digital signatures, etc. Once that’s done it will give you the list of all Startup item.


From the list, you can select the rogue items and put a check mark. It will copy it’s entry to the Item Fixer section. You should exercise extreme caution with this application,  since it may accidentally delete an important entry. Once you select all the unwanted items using the check box, go the Item Fixer tab for further steps.


Click on Fix selected items to delete all the entries. I can’t stress enough the danger of selecting the wrong file or entry. If you’re not sure please, post in our forum and take advice from people with advanced knowledge.

Next, under the Loaded Modules, you’ll find all the dynamic linked library files that are loaded with the operating system. Someone with good understanding about the operating system should be able to interpret if it’s a legit file or a rogue file.

Under Extra Stuff tab you have All Auto start items, Process Killer, Installed software, Host file editor and History of backup. One of the best feature of this tool is that under Process Killer, you have the option to upload the suspicious file directly to Virus Total, which is well-known online malware scanner with multiple antivirus engines. It will carry out a complete analysis of the file and post us the results.

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RunScanner is an excellent tool especially for IT Pros who manage the PC or hunt for Malware on computers. You can download it from here.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at