Uninstall Win Tonic Malware (March 2018 Update)

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This page aims to help you uninstall Win Tonic Malware. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

In the following article, you will be introduced to a program called Win Tonic that a number of users and security researchers have regarded as unwanted. If you currently have Win Tonic but want to have it removed, we can help you uninstall it from your system – a separate guide regarding that will be presented to you at the bottom of the article.

Win Tonic (Potentially Unwanted Program)

Pretty much everybody wants their computer to run faster and smoother, to be cleaner and to have no errors or issues of any sort. There are programs out there that can help users achieve that. However, there are also many software developers that seek to exploit people’s desire for a more optimized system. This is what has lead to the development of many “system optimizers” – programs that seemingly offer you to improve the performance of your computer and clean it off anything unwanted. However, a notorious trait of many of such software tools is that they tend to show false positives when scanning your PC. Oftentimes, such a program might “detect” some issue on your computer and tell you that the problem needs to be taken care of when in reality there’s nothing wrong with your computer. On this page, we will review one system optimizer tool called Win Tonic that has been reported by several cyber-security experts to have this same tendency of showing false or exaggerated results to the users and then prompting them to make a purchase for the program’s license.

About Win Tonic

As we already mentioned, Win Tonic is a legitimate optimizer tool that is supposed to boost and enhance the performance of the computer by cleaning redundant data and registry keys. On paper, this should indeed improve the way your computer works. However, in many instances with such programs, the improvement is barely noticeable if there’s any improvement at all. On the flip side, it has been reported that Win Tonic tends to show fake positive results when it scans the computer. One thing to mention here is that you could download the application for free but that way there would be only a limited number of features that you could use the main one being the scanner. Once you use that scanner, it is likely that even if there aren’t any problems with your PC the program will show you that something needs improvement. This is when you would get prompted to buy the full version in order to resolve the detected issues. However, since there might not be any issues whatsoever, it is likely that you wouldn’t even need the full version of Win Tonic (or the free one for that matter). Unfortunately, this is how many such optimizer tools function and many users fall for the exaggerated (or fake) warnings and buy the license for the software. This is the main reason why those programs are oftentimes regarded as PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) and why users typically want to have them removed. As we said above, we can help you with the removal of Win Tonic – just follow the instructions below and meticulously complete all of the steps. Once you are done, there should be nothing left from the PUP on your PC. In case you need extra help, feel free to contact use through the comments section – we will make sure to get back to you once we see your request.


Uninstall Win Tonic Malware


 

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!

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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:

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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. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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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:

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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!
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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

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!

Avoiding unwanted software

Potentially unwanted programs are all over the Internet and it is easy to get one such program installed on your computer without even realizing it. Win Tonic has an official site from where users could download it but it is also possible that other distribution methods are also employed to distribute such software. One example are the so-called file bundles – the unwanted software is put inside the installer file of some other software (normally some free program). Since most users normally choose the Quick setup configuration when installing anything, any added/bundled software gets installed by default alongside the main program of the bundle. However, you can prevent this from happening to you as long as you remember to opt for the expanded setup settings – Advanced/Manual/Custom is how they are normally labeled. From there, you would have more control over the installation process and you will be able to leave out any of the bundled applications that you consider to be unwanted on your computer. Note that there are also many other methods for distributing unwanted software – spam messages, malvertising, pirated downloads, etc. so make sure that you always stay careful when on the Internet so as to avoid interaction with any web content that might get you some undesirable or maybe even hazardous software.

SUMMARY:

Name Win Tonic
Type PUP
Danger Level  Low (the program isn’t dangerous but you might get persuaded into buying something you don’t really need)
Symptoms  Obstructive warnings that tell you there’s some problem with your PC and that you need to buy the license for the program.
Distribution Method The official site and file bundles (potentially).
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.