Is PC Purifier a “Virus”? How do I remove PC Purifier from my machine? Find the answers in our article!
If you’ve happened to run into a program called PC Purifier on your machine and are wondering what kind of software this is exactly, you’ve definitely come to the right place. On this page we will inform you of all the most important aspects to PC Purifier and what’s more – we’ll show you how to remove it from your computer. For that purpose we’ve assembled a special removal guide, which you will find just below this article. Be sure to read through these few paragraphs first, however, as in doing so you will learn how to protect yourself from this and similar programs in the future.
PC Purifier is NOT a virus!
Let’s get this out of the way. PC Purifier is in no way a computer virus! PC Purifier is a piece of software, marketed as a PC optimization tool. Its alleged purpose is to clean out any junk files from your system and clear valuable space, while also serving as protection against viruses and various malware infections. However, despite its seeming usefulness, this software is widely considered to be a potentially unwanted program or PUP. For one, it can be quite annoying, as we’re sure you’ve come to notice by now. The moment PC Purifier is installed on your system, your screen becomes flooded with popups and advertisements of various kinds. The vast majority of popups is aimed towards persuading the user to purchase the full version of the software, download some other program or install a given update. You are also very likely to start seeing in-text links, as you browse the web, which is also a form of advertising and a typical characteristic for other unwanted programs, such as adware and browser hijackers.
Aside from its intrusive behavior, there’s also the factor of its distribution, which also contributes to PC Purifier landing the title of a PUP. Chances are you probably don’t even know how you ended up with this program to begin with. In fact, very many users who’ve been faced with it reported having no recollection of ever interacting with this software before it unexpectedly just appeared on their computer. There are a number of ways you could have unknowingly installed this program, but the most common and effective means of spreading it is through a technique known as program bundling. This mechanism allows software developers to incorporate one program or even a set of programs within the installer of another. This ‘main’ program is usually a piece of freeware or shareware and an typically be downloaded from various shady, not-particularly-trustworthy websites. It can be a torrent site, a file sharing website or some other open source download platform, the likes of which are all but rare on the vast planes of the Internet.
When downloading a bundle, in most cases you will have no idea that it is in fact a bundle. In your mind, you will have acquired some new software, which you will then be eager to install and use. How you install the program of choice, however, is what determines whether you will make your PC home to any other programs as well, or just the one. Also, a good way of getting informed regarding the piece of programming you’ve decided to interact with, would be to read the EULA, which will most probably mention any and all added content. But, as no one really does this, people tend to rush through the installation process, using the quickest options at hand and often without even paying attention to anything in the setup wizard.
How to avoid PUP’s
You’d be surprised to find out how simple it is to actually keep your machine PC Purifier-free and prevent any other unwanted software from getting installed, too. All you need to do is customize the installation process of any new program you’re about to use. By that, we mean going for the corresponding option, which is usually the first step in any setup wizard. The option you’re looking for will normally either be called advanced or custom and that’s the one you should go for. Don’t shy away from it, thinking it includes some detailed technical options that you won’t be able comprehend. That’s not the case – you will simply be shown a list of all the added programs (if any) and from that list you can deselect anything you don’t recognize and don’t want on your machine.
|Danger Level||Medium (A mild security risk, but nowhere near threats like Ransomware)|
|Symptoms||Ads in your browser, some urging you to perform a system cleanup and similar.|
|Distribution Method||Available for direct download from the manufacturer, marketed as a cleanup tool. Most commonly found in program bundles with other software.|
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PC Purifier “Virus” Removal
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).
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.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC simultaneously. Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
- This step is very important, because you can catch other threats (like Ransomware and Spyware) while looking for the Adware process.
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder, then delete the directories you were sent to.
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 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 all the prior steps fail to help you or you have reason to believe your system is exposed to threats like Ransomware, we advise you to download a professional scanner and remover.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!