AutoClean Pro 2018 “Virus” Removal (June 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove AutoClean Pro 2018 “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

In the next lines, we will be focusing your attention towards a piece of software called AutoClean Pro 2018 “Virus”. This is a software tool that operates as a computer optimizer. It’s main task is to clean your PC off unwanted software such as adware, browser hijackers and other programs that might be causing issues on your PC as well as optimize your machine’s registry and delete any unnecessary data and/or redundant data which might be making your computer slower. However, ironically, due to a number of factors that we are going to go over down below, AutoClean Pro 2018 “Virus” in itself is regarded as unwanted by a number of security researchers and also by a lot of customers who have had this program installed on their computer. In the next paragraphs, we will explain to you why this software might not actually be something that you’d want to have on your machine and also, for those of you who currently have AutoClean Pro 2018 “Virus” in their systems, we will also provide you with a guide manual that has all the needed instructions that will show you how to quickly and easily uninstall and fully eradicate this piece of software in case that’s what you want to do. Just make sure that you read the rest of this write-up before you actually attempt to remove the PUP (potentially unwanted program) because we believe that everybody should be well-informed regarding the nature and the most typical traits and characteristics of any potentially undesirable app or program.

AutoClean Pro 2018 “Virus”

 What’s the issue with AutoClean Pro 2018 “Virus”?

This program is certainly not some nasty virus like a Trojan or a Ransomware and it will not compromise your machine or cause any actual issues or damage. This is a perfectly legitimate piece of software and some customers are actually likely to find it helpful and useful. This, however, is not to say that there are no problems with this tool – there are. We will divide the reason why this program is deemed potentially unwanted into two sections: Functionality and Dubious promotional methods.

AutoClean Pro 2018 “Virus” Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. If you want a fast safe solution, we recommend SpyHunter. 

>> Click to Download Spyhunter. If you don't want this software, continue with the guide below.

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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Maximum file size: 128MB.

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Scan Results


Virus Scanner Result
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AVG AV
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

appwiz

You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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Step4

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

msconfig_opt

Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Step5

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

Questionable functionality

A common thing among most system optimizers is that they might not always be as effective as advertised. Different reports from both regular customers and experienced cyber-security specialists suggest that similarly to many other optimization tools out there, AutoClean Pro 2018 might oftentimes not improve the performance of the computer any significant amount. For instance, one typical example here is the cleaning of the Registry. Did you know that there’s no actual concrete proof that deleting registry keys would actually make your PC run faster or smoother. Even if there’s some technical improvement, it is most likely not going to be noticeable in a lot of the cases. On the flip side, however, bear in mind that if some important Registry key gets deleted by a system optimizer tool there are all kinds of serious issues that might arise. Your computer might become unstable or exposed to online threats, random errors might start popping-up and many other similar problems might occur.

Promotional techniques for the paid version

AutoClean Pro 2018 “Virus” isn’t actually a free program. It has a free version, yes, but the free version only comes with a scanner feature. Now, that can be useful sometimes as the tool could point the user to the potentially problematic software on their PC and allow them to manually remove it. However, there are a lot of reports that the free version of AutoClean Pro 2018 “Virus” actually tends to give a lot of false positives by detecting elements on the user’s system as problematic whereas in reality there are no visible issues with the user’s PC. Not only that but the program also rather aggressively prompts the user to buy its full version in order to resolve the detected issues (which might not even be there to begin with). As you can see, such a dubious promotional method could easily trick someone into spending money on a software that they don’t really need. Also, if you decide you won’t buy the licensed version, you are likely to be getting continuously irritated by the intrusive prompts that are coming from the optimization tool.

Distribution of PUPs

Normally, most PUPs get distributed through file bundles. Some such apps might have an official site but the file-bundling method still seems to be the main reason people get such programs on their machines. To avoid future encounters with AutoClean Pro 2018 “Virus”or any other similar app, be sure to always customize the installation of new programs you want to set up on your PC. To do that, use the Advanced/Custom setup option and see if there are any added components to the main install. If you see anything bundled that looks unwanted, opt out of it before you continue.

SUMMARY:

Name AutoClean Pro
Type PUP
Danger Level  Low (This program isn’t dangerous to your PC but could still persuade you into buying its full license without you really needing it)
Symptoms  Pop-ups that warn you about issues with your PC which might not be real or which might be exaggerated in attempts to make you purchase the paid version of the program.
Distribution Method Mostly through file bundles where the app is added to another program as an optional install.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.