SlimCleaner Plus “Virus” Uninstall (Nov. 2017 Update)

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.


This page aims to help you uninstall SlimCleaner Plus “Virus”. Our uninstall instructions work for every version of Windows.

Several of our regular users have been complaining about a program they have come across on their computers called SlimCleaner Plus, often believing it is a computer virus. It is not in fact, but we will get to that in a bit. We have received questions regarding the nature of this program and, of course, since this is after all our specialty, about its uninstall. Below we will provide those of you, who also wish to have this program uninstalled from their computers with a detailed removal guide. The steps in it are fairly simple to comprehend and follow and should have your computer free of the unwanted software in no time. And, naturally, you are also free to make use of our professional removal tool, which will make sure that there are no traces of SlimCleaner Plus left in your system. However, before you head over to the instructions, we recommend you stick around for the following few paragraphs to gain a better idea of what SlimCleaner Plus is all about and what you may have done to end up with it in the first place.

What is SlimCleaner Plus?

Of course, your first instinct when encountering an unfamiliar program on your computer would be to assume the worst – that you have been infected by some virus. In the case with SlimCleaner Plus that assumption would be farfetched, however. So, that’s the good news. The bad news, though, is that this type of software is generally seen as invasive and some experts even classify it as potentially unwanted. This particular piece of programmers is marketed by its developers as a PC optimization tool, and there are tons of these tools available on the internet. There is, in fact, even an official website, where you can download this program from. On the website, the manufacturer vows that this tool will extend your device’s battery life and increase its speed. And it aims to do this by cleaning junk files from your computer, updating its software, optimizing the system startup, etc. Furthermore, the website offers 24/7 support and it all looks pretty legit at first. However you should continue reading.

SlimCleaner Plus “Virus” Uninstall


 

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.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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:

Drag and Drop Files Here to Scan
Maximum file size: 128MB.

This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users. You can find its full-page version at: https://howtoremove.guide/online-virus-scanner/




Scan Results


Virus Scanner Result
ClamAV
AVG AV
Maldet

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:

virus-removal1

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.
Avoid this by using SpyHunter - a professional Parasite removal tool.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware & virus scanner is free. To remove the infection, you'll need to purchase its full version. More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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

However, as it often tends to be the case with similar software, SlimCleaner Plus comes with a handful of side effects that lead users to want to remove it from their computers. For one, the beneficial functions it boasts are of questionable value. In fact, many experts outright dub them completely useless. What’s more, this program automatically starts when your PC does, as part of its settings. And in addition to that it runs constantly in the background. As a result of this, your PC’s performance may actually be hindered, depending on its processing power, amount of files stored on it, etc. So, in essence, you will end up with the exact opposite results that you may have wanted, if you installed SlimCleaner Plus willingly.

However, what about those users that never intended to install the program in question? How did they end up with the unwanted software? Well, you could have downloaded and installed the software by accident alongside some other program. It’s not uncommon for developers to bundle different programs together and distribute them as a package. Typically, this happens with various shareware, freeware or other software that’s available for free download. If you rush the installation process, you might not notice that there were actually added programs included in the setup, such as for example SlimCleaner Plus. So, when agreeing to the terms and conditions and completing the installation process, you actually automatically may have installed whatever added software onto your computer alongside the main program.

And, as a matter of fact, this could have easily been prevented. In the majority of instances, users don’t read the EULA and opt for the simpler default or quick installation option in the installation manager. This is a common mistake that should be avoided. Instead, opt for the more detailed custom or advanced installation settings. That way you will have more control over the setup and will be able to determine which of the added content will actually be allowed into your system and which of it will be left out. Normally, there will be a list with check boxes beside each added component. To stop anything unfamiliar or unwanted from being installed, simply untick the corresponding box or boxes and proceed with the subsequent steps to complete the process.

SUMMARY:

Name SlimCleaner Plus
Type PUP
Danger Level Low
Symptoms You will notice the SlimCleaner Plus icon in the system tray and/or on your desktop, alongside popups and notifications from the program regarding junk files and similar.
Distribution Method From the official website of the manufacturer or as a component of program bundles.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
More information about SpyHunter and steps to uninstall.

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!