What is scandev.386?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the scandev.386 on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Scandev.386 file information

The process known as SCANDEV.386 belongs to software OpticPro (version 9630P, 4830P) or Plustek Color Flatbed Scanner or Color Flatbed Scanner by unknown.

Description: Scandev.386 is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The scandev.386 file is located in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 63,129 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 37,682 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. There is no file information. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: system.ini). Scandev.386 is not a Windows core file. scandev.386 appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 69% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with scandev.386, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramPlustek Color Flatbed Scanner or OpticPro 9630P.

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If scandev.386 is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 67% dangerous. The file size is 43,792 bytes. It is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: system.ini). Scandev.386 is not a Windows system file. scandev.386 appears to be a compressed file.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with scandev.386, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramColor Flatbed Scanner or OpticPro 4830P.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as scandev.386, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the scandev.386 process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This file is found in a directory created when I installed the following scanner "SP Color 6000" manufacture by Plustek.
  Yves JULIEN  
Virtueller Gerätetreiber für Scanner (bei mir für Plustek Optic Pro 6000P)

Summary: Average user rating of scandev.386: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think scandev.386 is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving scandev issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with scandev. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the scandev.386 process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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