PC Clean Plus Unwanted Application

Also Known As: PC Clean Plus potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

PC Clean Plus removal instructions

What is PC Clean Plus?

The PC Clean Plus application is described as the best registry cleaner and optimizer to improve PC performance by removing all registry errors. This may appear to be a useful tool, but it is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA), since it is distributed using the "bundling" method. Therefore, many users install it inadvertently.

PC Clean Plus unwanted application

PC Clean Plus scans for system for the following errors: Com and ActiveX, user-related, and startup/uninstall. Once the scan is complete, it displays a number of different errors in each section and the registry damage level. The app is not able to fix any of these errors unless the 'full version' is purchased. Note, however, that it is possible that the scan results are false. Bogus results are shown by this type of application to trick users into paying for so-called 'full versions'. There is no guarantee that the full version will fix any errors - it is likely to clean the fake error list only. Many applications are designed in this way, and this might include PC Clean Plus. It is possible that during installation of PC Clean Plus, other potentially unwanted applications (browser hijackers or adware) were also installed. These often cause unwanted redirects, collect data, and deliver intrusive ads. We do not recommend that you keep PC Clean Plus installed and also advise you to check the list of installed applications on your browser (and programs on the operating system). Uninstall any unwanted/unknown entries immediately.

The list of potentially unwanted applications that supposedly provide 'useful tools' is long. Some examples of similar apps include SweepTools PC Cleaner, Cosmos System Care, and Swift PC Optimizer. These PUAs might offer different features, but few deliver the functionality promised. Most are designed only to generate revenue by delivering ads, collecting data, and causing redirects.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PC Clean Plus can be downloaded from its official website, but it is also distributed using the "bundling" method - stealth installation of potentially unwanted applications with third party software. Software developers hide bundled apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the installation processes, and thus information regarding bundled apps is not properly disclosed. Furthermore, many users install software without checking the aforementioned settings and go on to install potentially unwanted applications. These installations might lead to privacy/browsing safety issues.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Use direct links and official sources to download software. Do not use third party software downloaders/installers or torrents as sources for downloading software. Never skip installation steps and check "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar options/settings. Opt-out of unwanted offers (potentially unwanted applications) and only then finish the installation or proceed to the next step. If you encounter advertisements that redirect you to gambling, pornography, adult dating, or other similar websites, immediately check the list of installed programs on your computer and applications (plug-ins, add-ons, extensions) on your browser. Remove all suspicious entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of PC Clean Plus application:

PC Clean Plus application

Screenshot of third party installer promoting PC Clean Plus application:

pccleanplus third party installer

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

PC Clean Plus adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "PC Clean Plus" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

At time of research, PC Clean Plus did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however some unwanted applications are installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you see unwanted ads or experience unwanted redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the pc clean plus potentially unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the pc clean plus potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with pc clean plus potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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