This page aims to help you remove Malware Crusher “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows and Mac.
Within the next lines, we will be focusing on a piece of software for Mac/Win computers that is promoted as an optimization tool which is supposed to boost the performance of the machine. However, most researchers regard this program as potentially unwanted due to several reasons that we will be covering in the following paragraphs. The name of the program that will be the main topic of this article is Malware Crusher “Virus” and if you currently have it on your Mac or Windows, you should probably uninstall it. To help you do that, we have prepared a guide with detailed instructions that will help you quickly eliminate the software so make sure that you have a look at them and complete the suggested steps in order to get rid of the PUP (potentially unwanted program).
Distribution of unwanted software and how to avoid undesirable programs like Malware Crusher
Most methods used for spreading such rogue and questionable software the likes of Malware Crusher “Virus” are optimized for stealth and obscurity so that users are more likely to get tricked and misled into downloading and installing the PUP. One typical method used for PUP distribution are the spam letters – the unwanted app is put inside them in the form of a download link or file attachment and this is how the user gets it. Another method is through sketchy and misleading web ads – those typically get generated by just as sketchy and obscure websites so try to stay away from any web addresses that don’t seem to be reliable. File bundles is yet another very popular and widespread method for distribution of PUPs like Malware Crusher. In this case, the app is bundled with another program and enabled by default under the Quick installation configuration. Therefore, we advise you to abstain from using the Quick installation options when trying to setup a new program on your machine. Instead, make use of the Advanced/Expanded configuration settings and from there uncheck any of the added installs that you think might be unwanted so as to leave them out.
Malware Crusher “Virus” Uninstall
If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.
If you have Malware Crusher on Mac follow this link instead.
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Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous.
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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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.
Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.
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:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
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:
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:
If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
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—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!
Most such programs have two versions – a free one that people could easily download (sometimes without even wanting it) and a paid one. Now, most users typically only get the free version of the program. However, it really cannot do anything other than scan your PC for issues. Once the scanning process has been completed, the user typically gets notified that there are problems with their machine – errors that need to be resolved, redundant data that needs to be deleted, unwanted or dangerous files that must be removed, etc. However, in order for the program to remove and optimize the PC, the user needs to buy its full version. Now, that would be a fair deal if there are real issues in your computer that need to be taken care of. The thing is that in most cases, the warnings and errors that the optimizer displays are actually fake positives. Most such programs either exaggerate or outright lie to you about your computer having issues that need to be resolved. Of course, if you fall for the bait, you’d be highly likely to actually buy the license for the full version of the program – something that you almost certainly do not need on your computer. This is basically how most such optimization applications function and according to cyber-security specialists Malware Crusher is no exception.
Why is Malware Crusher unwanted
First and foremost, we need to say a couple of words regarding optimization and security software for Mac. More experienced Mac users should know that those machines actually do not really required such software in order to function properly. Apple computers are famous for their innate security and lack of errors/issues that might slow them down or cause malfunction. Of course, this is not to say that getting a viruses or errors on a Mac machine isn’t possible but it is still rather unlikely. However, there are still hundreds of applications out there that are labeled as security programs or system optimizers for Apple computers. The question here is why would you need such a program if your machine is working fine as it is and if there are no actual issues with it. Well, the answer is that you probably do not really need such software. The likelihood of such a program not actually doing anything helpful and not improving the performance of your Mac whatsoever is rather high. The truth is that the majority of system optimizers are a ruse or are at least nowhere as effective and as useful as their developers try to make them out to be. However, lack of functionality isn’t the only problem with applications like Malware Crusher and isn’t the only reason why such software is typically seen as undesirable.
|Danger Level|| Low (Isn’t harmful for the system but might trick you into buying its license without you really needing it)
|Symptoms||Fake computer problem warnings and prompts about buying the license for the program.|
|Distribution Method||Typically, through file bundles and sketchy web ads and spam letters.|
|Detection Tool||We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.|