Secure PC Cleaner Unwanted Application

Also Known As: Secure PC Cleaner potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Secure PC Cleaner removal instructions

What is Secure PC Cleaner?

The developers state that Secure PC Cleaner is the best registry cleaner and optimizer to clean the Windows Registry and improve overall PC performance. Judging by the description, this may seem to be a useful application, but developers distribute it using the "bundling" method. Therefore, users often install Secure PC Cleaner inadvertently and it is thus classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Secure PC Cleaner unwanted application

Secure PC Cleaner's main function is to detect and fix various Windows Registry, system/user, and startup/uninstall-related errors. These might be slowing down the operating system or causing other problems. It is likely that once a scan performed by Secure PC Cleaner, it will list some (or many) registry errors. These could be legitimate, however, most applications distributed using the "bundling" method do not fix problems until 'full versions' are purchased. Furthermore, apps installed via bundling often display fake results to trick users into paying for so-called 'full versions'. Secure PC Cleaner might be one of these rogue apps. Furthermore, in some cases (even when full versions are purchased), they provide no real value, other than 'fixing' fake issues that do not exist in the first place. "Bundling" is often used to distribute several applications at once and, therefore, Secure PC Cleaner might be installed together with other potentially unwanted applications such as browser hijackers or/and adware-type apps, which cause unwanted redirects, deliver ads, and collect information. We recommend that you uninstall Secure PC Cleaner and check for any unwanted/unknown apps installed on your system. If found, remove them immediately.

Threat Summary:
NameSecure PC Cleaner potentially unwanted application
Threat TypePUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
SymptomsA program that you don't recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found issues. Asks for payment in order to eliminate the supposedly found errors.
Distribution methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
DamageMonetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
Removal

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The internet is full of potentially unwanted applications, most of which are very similar. Generally, developers attempt to give the impression of legitimacy by promoting these PUAs as 'useful', capable of providing tools and features, however, few provide the functionality promised. Most generate revenue for their developers by collecting data, delivering ads, causing unwanted redirects, and promoting in-app purchases. Other apps similar to Secure PC Cleaner are SweepTools PC Cleaner, Cosmos System Care, and Swift PC Optimizer.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

"Bundling" often tricks users into installing potentially unwanted applications. Software developers achieve this by hiding PUAs in "Advanced", "Custom" (or other similar) sections of the installation processes. Information about PUAs (that are bundled into set-ups of other software) is not properly disclosed. Furthermore, many users do not check these settings and skip installation steps, thus causing inadvertent installations of PUAs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Avoid using third party software installers and downloaders, torrents, unofficial and untrustworthy sources to download software. Use only official sources/websites and direct links. Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar settings/options when installing software, especially if the software is free. Opt-out of unwanted apps (additional software, etc.) and only then complete the installation. Note that cyber criminals time and invest money in advertisement design and they often seem legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect users to untrustworthy/potentially malicious websites. If you encounter ads that redirect you to pornography, gambling, adult dating, or other untrustworthy websites, check installed add-ons, extensions, and plug-ins on your browser for unknown/unwanted or suspicious entries and remove them immediately. Also apply this to programs installed on your computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Screenshot of Secure PC Cleaner application:

Secure PC Cleaner application

Secure PC Cleaner installation setup:

Secure PC Cleaner installation setup

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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.

Secure PC Cleaner adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Secure PC Cleaner" 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, Secure PC Cleaner 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 secure pc cleaner 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 secure pc cleaner 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 secure pc cleaner 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.

Removal assistance:
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