PC Cleaner Description
Do not be fooled! PC Cleaner is a fake security program, which is part of a well-known computer scam. Applications like PC Cleaner are known as rogues, rogue security application or rogue defragmenters. Basically, programs like PC Cleaner pretend to be legitimate security programs, while actually causing a large number of problems on the infected computer system. While they advertise that they clean, or speed up your computer, in reality they do the complete opposite of what they promise. Rather than cleaning your computer system, PC Cleaner is a malware infection that will almost certainly cause your computer system to become slower, more unstable, and infected with other malware threats. PC Cleaner has a browser hijacking component that will force the victim to visit the PC Cleaner website constantly. Because of these characteristics, ESG malware researchers consider PC Cleaner a malware infection that should be dealt with as soon as possible.
Removing a PC Cleaner Infection from Your Computer
PC Cleaner cannot be removed through normal means. While other programs have a convenient uninstall button or can be removed through the Control Panel, it is nearly impossible to remove PC Cleaner through normal means. To remove PC Cleaner, it is necessary to undo the harmful changes PC Cleaner makes to your system settings and to the Windows Registry. Since PC Cleaner cannot be removed through normal means, an actual anti-malware program will be necessary to remove PC Cleaner. However, it is important to first bypass PC Cleaner's self-defense features. PC Cleaner can block legitimate security applications from launching and can also block certain websites associated with security programs. To prevent PC Cleaner from doing so, ESG PC security analysts recommend starting up Windows in Safe Mode. Safe Mode prevents PC Cleaner from launching, starting and stopping processes in the background.
PC Cleaner Seldom Attacks Alone
It is important to take into account that a malware like PC Cleaner seldom attacks alone. The presence of PC Cleaner on your computer is a sure sign of other Trojan infections being present. One particularly worrying situation is the association of PC Cleaner with several dangerous rootkits. Rootkits associated with PC Cleaner include the ZeroAccess rootkits. In these cases, ESG PC security researchers recommend using a specialized anti-rootkit tool to remove any rootkit infections, before attempting the removal of PC Cleaner. It is often almost impossible to remove PC Cleaner, unless its associated rootkit is removed.
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Security Doesn't Let You Download SpyHunter or Access the Internet?Solutions: Your computer may have malware hiding in memory that prevents any program, including SpyHunter, from executing on your computer. Follow to download SpyHunter and gain access to the Internet:
- Use an alternative browser. Malware may disable your browser. If you're using IE, for example, and having problems downloading SpyHunter, you should open Firefox, Chrome or Safari browser instead.
- Use a removable media. Download SpyHunter on another clean computer, burn it to a USB flash drive, DVD/CD, or any preferred removable media, then install it on your infected computer and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.
- Start Windows in Safe Mode. If you can not access your Window's desktop, reboot your computer in "Safe Mode with Networking" and install SpyHunter in Safe Mode.
- IE Users: Disable proxy server for Internet Explorer to browse the web with Internet Explorer or update your anti-spyware program. Malware modifies your Windows settings to use a proxy server to prevent you from browsing the web with IE.
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This article is provided "as is" and to be used for educational information purposes only. By following any instructions on this article, you agree to be bound by the disclaimer. We make no guarantees that this article will help you completely remove the malware threats on your PC. Spyware changes regularly; therefore, it is difficult to fully clean an infected machine through manual means.