PC Optimizer Pro

Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 4,441
Threat Level: 10 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 57,155
First Seen: August 29, 2012
Last Seen: December 20, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

PC Optimizer Pro is a fake PC optimization program. The makers of PC Optimizer Pro accompany this program with a large-scale misleading advertising campaign. There are hundreds of websites related to PC Optimizer Pro advertising PC Optimizer Pro as a top-notch optimization program that allows registry cleaning and complete deletion of unwanted files and Internet history. This campaign also includes fake comments and reviews on reputable software download websites. However, if one looks deeper, will find hundreds of terrible reviews from real sources that expose the truth about this program. Malware researchers have found that PC Optimizer Pro offers no real functionality in PC Optimizer Pro's 'trial version' and, like most rogues, is only concerned about getting the computer user's payment of $39.99 for the supposed full version. However, there is no full version of this program.

Testing PC Optimizer Pro

Security researchers have tested out PC Optimizer Pro, coming to the conclusion that it is impossible to get PC Optimizer Pro to do anything but demand the computer user's money. Its interface includes a help feature and customer support, but these are completely nonexistent. Any email sent to their contact address will not be returned. In the 'trial version,' PC Optimizer Pro will supposedly do some basic registry cleaning and Internet history removal. However, these are not actually being done and any functionality PC Optimizer Pro's trial version may have is completely useless. There are many versions of PC Optimizer Pro, including PC Optimizer Pro 5.1.5.6 and PC Optimizer Pro 4.1.5.13; in reality, all of these versions are the same program. PC Optimizer Pro has also been known to take actions similar to a rogue security program, including running a fake scan, finding false problems on the computer system, and decreasing computer performance. Security analysts recommend that your remove this program immediately and then run a full system scan with a legitimate anti-malware tool, to make sure PC Optimizer Pro hasn't left any harmful remainders behind.

PC Optimizer Pro Poses a Severe Identity Theft Risk

PC security researchers recommend that you do not purchase, download, or pay for this program. Clicking anywhere on the PC Optimizer Pro interface will invariably lead to a page asking for the computer user's name and email address. There is no doubt that this information will not be used for legal or ethical purposes. Eventually, regardless of the actions taken, PC Optimizer Pro will ask the computer user for his credit card information for a payment of $39.99. Due to the dubious nature of this program, PC security experts strongly recommend you do not disclose this information. Doing so may put you at risk for identity theft.

Aliases

14 security vendors flagged this file as malicious.

Anti-Virus Software Detection
AVG Generic.C74
Fortinet Riskware/SpeedingUpMyPC
Panda PUP/OptimizerPro
GData Win32.Application.OptimizerPro.D
Sophos Generic PUA AO
DrWeb Program.Unwanted.295
Comodo Application.Win32.OptimizerPro.FY
Symantec Trojan.Gen.2
McAfee Artemis!AB7E9CC40554
AVG Generic.038
Antiy-AVL RiskWare[RiskTool:not-a-virus]/Win32.OptimizerPro
DrWeb Program.Unwanted.99
Kaspersky not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.OptimizerPro.b
Avast Win32:MultiPlug-OP [PUP]

SpyHunter Detects & Remove PC Optimizer Pro

File System Details

PC Optimizer Pro may create the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detections
1. livesupport.exe e62ed65a47933b4b8ebc4646420f07a4 3,224
2. StartApps.exe 178a381fb0b72167a6b5097eba61ae30 248
3. PCOptimizerPro.exe 4c9d5a65681a78fc0e045209cd6dbc4e 135
4. PCOptProTrays.exe db1e587318ef9346278cba6582505de1 96
5. PCOptimizerPro.exe 4d5a3e0f9e6c8954c6cfda720380177d 77
6. PCOptimizerPro.exe 0e31156f1807bc2a676a0fceccaf9be4 63
7. PCOptimizerPro.exe 937b7492445ed47416a1d741d9ac17e0 48
8. PCOptProTrays.exe 4e022a832cbaae7b4e683ce51bf13607 43
9. PCOptimizerPro.exe b32946df9f538ee118e34a0c45ec9914 37
10. PCOptimizerProSetup.exe 0bf896fcc7ca560530dd2fc46345e47a 33
11. PCOptimizerPro.exe cd11db62b744bfaf504a9170d2c233c9 29
12. PCOptimizerPro.exe 16122d3e9e011cd05cd738633860ea85 21
13. PCOptimizerPro.exe 8d11f8008032b83940c9a2a45e70acf5 17
14. PCOptProTrays.exe 8021f99eeee6a4ab6ce4ae64b8aabc10 17
15. PCOptimizerPro.exe d20f6550f6ad2992fab43e98d3f6c2db 15
16. PCOptProTrays.exe 91b01ab4546acfbe6a4e94e87889962c 14
17. PCOptProTrays.exe 973cb117be6422c16dde159c020122af 14
18. PCOptimizerPro.exe 20fd11d943ae11e6540abf5309c2f59b 13
19. PCOptimizerPro.exe aef8dc47fa656e2eea32158307a02257 13
20. PCOptProTrays.exe 50e52029b9074e44f72e69cbedc7c2ca 11
21. PCOptimizerPro.exe 8a3c65f377f1e765d3ff95c64ae2a150 11
22. PCOptimizerPro.exe 370a07b59c6e7bf0930f5099789a7ff5 10
23. PCOptimizerPro.exe 38133778f3569a66877e6dc220b742a8 10
24. PCOptProTrays.exe ed2fae06750e69a57ab521aa01485c6a 10
25. PCOptProTrays.exe 7af4229a631f636e4f059f2d4813286e 10
26. PCOptimizerPro.exe 68b6c6bcb23ac1a12b99dd85b7278ad7 10
27. PCOptimizerPro.exe 709dbec8a7bdbef0d509f79cf6620248 10
28. PCOptimizerProSetup.exe fbff72fd4074cac5a2d965540b1734dc 9
29. PCOptimizerProSetup.exe e1372a4455e0c5bef4d9408f6eefc8ab 5
30. %ProgramFiles%\PC Optimizer Pro\uninst.exe
31. %ProgramFiles%\PC Optimizer Pro\PCOptProCtxMenu.dll
32. %ProgramFiles%\PC Optimizer Pro\UpdatesDll.dll
33. setup.exe 12c7c20fd93e9f2c28a55c802afd6159 0
More files

Registry Details

PC Optimizer Pro may create the following registry entry or registry entries:
CLSID
{003B9C22-6FE0-4BCA-A73F-9AA99B9BBDAA}
{12AB121E-44C6-488B-8773-B0AE25E662E1}
{203ABD21-41F1-4F1B-BAE3-D6A89A90D239}
{C62485E9-50DB-4F12-AE49-5D0A9B8BAC2C}
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\CLSID\{EB5A3A22-ECA7-4198-BEBF-2A3DE20513B7}
File name without path
Launch PC Optimizer Pro.lnk
PC Optimizer Pro.lnk
www.pcoptimizerpro[1].xml
Regexp file mask
%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Idle
%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Scan
%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro startups
%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Updates
%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan
%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups
%WINDIR%\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Idle.job
%WINDIR%\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Scan.job
%WINDIR%\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro startups.job
%WINDIR%\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro Updates.job
%WINDIR%\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan.job
%WINDIR%\Tasks\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups.job
SOFTWARE\Classes\*\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PCProCtxMenu
SOFTWARE\Classes\Directory\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\QPCBCtxMenu
SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\QPCBCtxMenu
SOFTWARE\Classes\lnkfile\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\PCProCtxMenu
Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\MuiCache\C:\Program Files\PC Optimizer Pro\PC Optimizer Pro.exe
SOFTWARE\Classes\PC Optimizer Pro
SOFTWARE\Classes\PCOptimizerPro
SOFTWARE\Classes\PoP.Control
Software\Local AppWizard-Generated Applications\PCOptimizerPro
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\DOMStorage\pcoptimizerpro.com
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DOMStorage\pcoptimizerpro.com
Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\LowRegistry\DOMStorage\www.pcoptimizerpro.com
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptimizerPro_RASAPI32
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptimizerPro_RASMANCS
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptimizerProSetup_STD_RASAPI32
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptimizerProSetup_STD_RASMANCS
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptProTrays_RASAPI32
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptProTrays_RASMANCS
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro Idle.job
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro Idle.job.fp
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro Scan.job
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro Scan.job.fp
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro startups.job
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro startups.job.fp
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro Updates.job
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro Updates.job.fp
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan.job
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan.job.fp
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups.job
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups.job.fp
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\PC Optimizer Pro Idle
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\PC Optimizer Pro Scan
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\PC Optimizer Pro startups
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\PC Optimizer Pro Updates
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\PC Optimizer Pro64 Scan
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\PC Optimizer Pro64 startups
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\PC Optimizer Pro.exe
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\PCOptimizerPro.exe
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro\PC Optimizer Pro.lnk
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar\PC Optimizer Pro.lnk
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro\PC Optimizer Pro.lnk
Software\PC Optimizer Lite
Software\PC Optimizer Pro
Software\PC Optimizer Pro64
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptimizerProSetup64_1_RASAPI32
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptimizerProSetup64_1_RASMANCS
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptimizerProSetup_ASK64_1_RASAPI32
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptimizerProSetup_ASK64_1_RASMANCS
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptimizerProSetup_STD64_RASAPI32
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\PCOptimizerProSetup_STD64_RASMANCS
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\PC Optimizer Pro.exe
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\PCOptimizerPro.exe
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\PC Optimizer Pro
SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\4ef60154
SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\ff148bd5
SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\4ef60154
SYSTEM\ControlSet002\services\ff148bd5
SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\4ef60154
SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\ff148bd5

Directories

PC Optimizer Pro may create the following directory or directories:

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\PC Optimizer Pro
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\PC Optimizer Lite
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\PC Optimizer Pro
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Pro
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Optimizer Lite
%PROGRAMFILES%\PC Optimizer Lite
%PROGRAMFILES%\PC Optimizer Pro
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Optimizer Lite
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Optimizer Pro

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