This page aims to help you remove the Secure PC Cleaner “Virus”. These Secure PC Cleaner “Virus” removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
There have been some questions from various users regarding Secure PC Cleaner by Jawego Partners LLC. The program claims to be a useful tool in determining and fixing certain system, registry and other errors. The only thing is that it tends to hurl people into panic when upon completing the scan, it proceeds to show some very alarming results. The results are usually littered with a whole list of errors that allegedly have slowed down the computer’s performance and have led it to a very poor state. In addition to this, the interface tends to resemble that of an antivirus program and the appearance of the window with the results implies the presence of a threat. In other words, it makes it look like there were some virus detected or some genuine danger, and unless you remove it – you will probably end up regretting it.
And here comes the catch (because there’s always a catch) – you need to pay a humble price to be able to get all these errors fixed and save your computer from utter destruction. Secure PC Cleaner (which was essentially free) requires that you purchase the full version of it, in order to solve all these suddenly discovered problems. This is what’s known as a scare tactic, and is unfortunately often employed by dishonest developers all for the purpose of making a profit. Sadly, the Secure PC Cleaner “Virus” is not the only software of its kind and many of its predecessors have already been dubbed as unwanted, rogue, etc. In fact, most antivirus programs will even detect it as a threat and probably remove it, or better yet – block it before it even gets the chance to be installed. In addition to this, following the installation of this program many users have reported seeing an increased amount of advertisements in their browser. These are often times in the form of pop ups, banners, page redirects, etc.
How it gets on your PC
The program has an official website, from which you can download the program if you so choose. As pointed out, it is marketed as a legitimate tool, which would benefit your system. However, as is the case with most potentially unwanted programs, this one tends to have to be bundled into other programs, in order for it to reach the end user. Why? Well, news travel fast and so do bad reviews. The technique of program bundling is among the oldest tricks in the book and is usually always distributed through various shady websites, like open source download platforms or torrent sites. The thing with them is, that you will have no way of knowing whether there was additional software hidden alongside the program you wished to install, until you have already downloaded it. There’s one easy way to deal with this: once you have already downloaded your software of choice, use the custom or advanced setup to install it. That way you will be able to see what other programs have been bundled in and you will have the option of unticking them from the list of additional software. Hence, you will be denying them access to your PC.
How to avoid it
You may have found by now that Secure PC Cleaner is pretty difficult to uninstall and even after you’ve done so – it’s still there. Though we have compiled this guide to help you remove this nuisance, we think it no less important to prevent this issue from happening in the first place. To begin with, you should at all times have a working antivirus program, preferably one with a browser extension, because this will ensure an even greater level of security as you surf the web. We also recommend running virus scans on a regular basis, in case your computer had for some reason failed to block a threat. Once a week is the frequency most experts consider sufficient.
Also, a great way of staying out of harm’s way is by avoiding the places you know harm is at. This includes the websites mentioned above. It should go without saying that downloading any materials from sites like that ought to be out of the question, if you really want to maximize your chances of going infection-free.
|Name||Secure PC Cleaner|
|Symptoms||Possible increase in ads while browsing; program cannot be uninstalled using custom uninstallation|
|Distribution Method||Official download from the developers’ website or through program bundles|
|Detection Tool||Secure PC Cleaner may be difficult to track down. Use SpyHunter – a professional parasite scanner – to make sure you find all files related to the infection.|
Remove Secure PC Cleaner “Virus”
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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. Secure PC Cleaner 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:
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!