This page aims to help you remove PC Clean Plus. These PC Clean Plus removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
PC Clean Plus is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that is promoted as PC optimization software but has the tendency to display deceitful or fake ads, banners, warning messages, etc. The actual functionality of the software is questionable and if you only install the free version, you’ll simply get a scanner tool that could potentially display deceitful and/or false results. If the user wants to use the cleaner feature of the program, they’d need to purchase the full version of the software. If you have had this PUP installed onto your computer and want to get rid of it, you can find instructions on how to uninstall the unpleasant software down below, within our removal guide. However, since many potentially unwanted programs tend to be somewhat tricky to remove and oftentimes a simple uninstallation might not be enough, we have given you a couple more methods that would help you ensure that PC Clean Plus has indeed been fully removed from your computer. However, we advise you to read the rest of this article before you visit our removal guide, because the information you can learn here might prove to be very helpful in future encounters with similar software.
As we already established, there are quite a few shady aspects to PC Clean Plus that need to be taken into consideration. One thing that comes to mind when looking at the program in question is that it somewhat resembles a Browser Hijacker or Adware application due to the fact that it employs some rather unpleasant and even aggressive marketing techniques. As stated earlier, PC Clean Plus is known to display different shady banners, warnings and offers that all have the purpose of attracting potential users through misleading the user and maybe even evoking fear inside them. For example, if you get the free version of the software and use to scan your PC, it will be more than likely to tell you that there has been a big number of errors detected on your computer that need to be resolved. First of all, in many cases the number of errors will be vastly exaggerated and the scan results would seem as scary and as intimidating as possible. Secondly, this is all made for the sole purpose of persuading the user to buy the full version of the program that is said to be able to deal with the overwhelming amount of errors. This is one good example of why many people regard PC Clean Plus as unwanted software and we too agree that one would probably be better off without having this program on their PC.
Even though PUP’s like this one are nowhere near as problematic as a, for example, Ransomware virus or a Trojan horse, they could still cause certain problems and might at times even compromise the security of one’s PC. Generally speaking, one should be careful with any kind of software that tends to employ aggressive advertising techniques even if the program itself is legitimate and even useful. The main reason for that is the fact that in some cases, the advertising networks supporting the potentially unwanted software could have a questionable reputation and might spam the user with shady and possibly harmful advertising materials. That is why, if you think that a program on your PC is being overly persistent in its attempts to persuade you into buying something or is just simply being annoying with its ads, banners, offers, etc., you should probably reconsider allowing it to remain on your computer.
How most people get PUP’s installed on their PC’s
Different methods are used for distributing this type of programs. For example, some potentially unwanted applications get sent directly to the user through spam e-mails or Skype/Facebook messages. Others are promoted via online ads throughout the pages of different shady and obscure websites. One method that seems to be quite effective is the so-called file bundling where the PUP is added to the installer of another program. Users that do not pay enough attention to the setup wizard when installing new software are particularly prone to landing some sort of undesirable program. Therefore, a good piece of advice that would help you avoid software like PC Clean Plus would be to always pay close attention to the installation settings before actually launching the installation. If you see that there’s some shady-looking application that has been added there, it is advisable that you uncheck and only then move on with the installation of the program that you want.
|Name||PC Clean Plus|
|Danger Level||Medium (might expose your machine to various online hazards)|
|Symptoms||The user might notice various shady-looking web offers or banners generated by the PUP.|
|Distribution Method||The majority of these programs are spread through online ads and software bundles.|
Remove PC Clean Plus
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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 didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!