This page aims to help you remove the Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” . These Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” removal instructions work for every version of Windows. “Is Pro PC Cleaner a virus” and “what is Pro PC Cleaner” are two of the most common question we have received lately, showing that there is some confusion towards the merits this program has to offer.
NOTE! In reality Pro PC Cleaner is not a Virus, but users commonly refer to it as such, and we will oblige them for simplicity.
Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” is a paid utility and PC optimization software, at least on paper. In reality it is the latest copy of a whole series of scam software – also referred to as Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs). If you are curious to learn more details about these Programs, try the search term “rogue security software” in Google. Regardless what the correct terminology might be, you want this PUP removed from your computer.
|Name||Pro PC Cleaner|
|Type||PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program)|
|Danger Level||Medium (Not malicious, but spending any money on it is wasteful)|
|Symptoms||Windows boots slower due to extra load, also you may see annoying flashing messages about non-existing problems.|
|Distribution Method||Through software bundles, monetization platforms and download “aids”,|
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1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
3: Permanently delete Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” from Task Manager’s Processes.
4: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Programs of this type are commonly characterized by their aggressive behavior – if installed they will embed themselves into the list of Programs that are run on system boot and slow down your computer accordingly. Another “feature” of PUPs is that they will always find a large number of Problems for removal in your PC – even if it is in pristine condition. The targeted outcome is, of course, to make you spend money on the software. As soon as enough bad publicity is generated for a Program of this sort its name is scrapped and a new Program with the same code, but different name, is published.
Note that Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” is not malicious, at least not in the sense of computer security terms – it is merely an annoying Program that is after your money. It is perfectly legal and this fact is exploited in its marketing campaign, but more on that later.
How to recognize a Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” for the PUP it really is
The creators of this type of software actually pray on people’s fears and lack of intimate knowledge on how computers work. Usually old files and obsolete registry records are blamed for any Problems your computer may be experiencing. For most computer systems this is simply not true – wasted space can only interfere with the speed of your computer only If your hard disk is full to the brim. The Windows registry section is another scarecrow employed by Programs in the likes of Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” . Essentially the registry is a database containing settings for Programs installed on your computer. Some of these settings may become obsolete over time, especially when the Programs they refer to are uninstalled or updated. These leftover registry records are perfectly harmless, but Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” would make you believe they are outright malicious. Messing with the registry can also be dangerous – sometimes Programs keep old records which they will need and “optimization” software is often eager to remove these records. Of course, this will make the Program unusable.
Tricks used by Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” to install itself on your computer
You will find no honest recommendations for this PUP. The trick employed is to load Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” into the installers of other free software or download platforms – usually for a small fee. This practice is called software bundling and is Probably responsible for installing Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” on your PC. Getting tricked in this way is certainly annoying, but there really is an easy solution to this Problem – don’t use the default installation option on any Program’s installer.
Software bundles are legal, they just rely on people’s impatience to dump their load of PUPs and Adware. Whenever you use the Quick/Default installation option of any installer you are basically agreeing to install everything that the creator has seen fit to include into that installer – in most cases these will be unwanted Programs of various sorts. The solution is to always select the advanced installation option – it only takes a couple of extra clicks on the mouse button, but in the meantime you’ll go through a menu, which contains a list of the Programs that are about to be installed. You’ll have the option to remove any “bonus” Programs from that list and that is exactly what you have to do in order to keep your PC free of unwanted Programs.
Remove Pro PC Cleaner “Virus”
Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).
This is the first preparation.
The first thing you absolutely must do is Reveal All Hidden Files and Folders.
- Do not skip this. Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” may have hidden some of its files and you need to see them.
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:
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.
Open the Start Menu, type “Control Panel” in the search box —> Enter. Network and Internet —> Network and Sharing Center —> Change Adapter Settings. Right-click your Internet connection —> Properties.
In Networking, left click Internet Protocol Version 4 —> Properties. If everything is normal, your window will look like this:
If it’s not, click on the two “automatic” choices. NOTE: If you are in a domain network, contact your Domain Administrator so he can make these settings, or this may break your Internet Connection.
Right click on the Taskbar —> “Start Task Manager.”
Go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments.
A BIG WARNING HERE! READ THIS BEFORE ProCEEDING!
This is the most important and difficult part, so be extremely careful. If you make a big mistake, it can damage your system significantly. Accounts connected to your credit cards or important information may be exposed to Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” . If you do not feel you can do this, download a Professional remover.
Right click on each of the virus Processes and select Open File Location, then End the Process. Copy the folders somewhere (as a backup if you make a mistake) and delete the directories you were sent to.
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:
Go in Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
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 these things fail to help you find Pro PC Cleaner “Virus” you need to resort to a Professional scanner – obviously this is a malware that was created to steal your credentials and credit cards – meaning the people who created it spent a lot of resources to make it as dangerous as possible.
Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble!