Lowe Registry Cleaner Unwanted Application
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Lowe Registry Cleaner?
Developers promote Lowe Registry Cleaner as an application used to clean Windows Registry: to remove unwanted/obsolete items, thereby improving system stability and performance. This may seem to be a legitimate program, however, it is classified as a potentially unwanted app (PUA), since most users do not install it intentionally.
Research shows that developers stealthily promote Lowe Registry Cleaner through various adware-type applications. After system infiltration, these adware-type apps download, install, and execute Lowe Registry Cleaner, which then performs a system scan and delivers a list of registry errors that "must be fixed".
Lowe Registry Cleaner supposedly allows users to make their computers more stable, increase performance, provide automatic backups, use the app in 17 different languages and a portable version, manage executable files launched on a Windows startup, provide the ability to remove traces of already deleted software, and much more. In fact, the installed version is just a free trial.
To use the features offered, users must purchase the 'full version'. Note that many such apps allow users to perform free scans or other actions, however, to fix any issues and perform more advanced functions, they are encouraged to purchase the software. Apps that are installed unintentionally in this way often display fake scan results.
The results are simply generated to trick users into purchasing so-called 'full' versions. Even if purchased, these apps often do not provide any real value.
It is possible that Lowe Registry Cleaner is just another one of these rogue apps. Lowe Registry Cleaner is installed inadvertently via adware and together with various browser hijackers. Having these apps installed can lead to unwanted redirects, intrusive ads, and recording of browsing-related data.
|Name||Lowe Registry Cleaner potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Symptoms||A 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 methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Many applications are distributed using "bundling" method. Some other examples are Power PC Care 2018, Advance PC Protector, and PC Health Aid.
Typically, potentially unwanted apps are promoted as 'useful tools' and full of features, however, these apps are designed only to generate revenue for the developers and provide none of the features promised (or any other value). In summary, having PUAs installed might lead to various issues.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
In some cases (including Lowe Registry Cleaner), potentially unwanted apps can be downloaded from their official websites, however, people usually install them accidentally or inadvertently together with other, regular software (when the "bundling" method is used) or through intrusive advertisements.
Bundling is used to trick people into installing PUAs together with other chosen programs. Developers hide unwanted apps in "Custom", "Advanced" options, and other similar parts of the installation/download set-ups. Information about the inclusion of PUAs in installation/download set-ups is not provided.
Furthermore, many users skip installation steps and leave settings unchanged, thus leading to inadvertent installations of unwanted apps. In this case, it is unknown exactly how Lowe Registry Cleaner is installed, however, it is likely to be via adware (rogue software that is often installed through "bundling").
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download software using official and trustworthy sources (websites). Avoid using third party software downloaders (and installers), peer-to-peer networks (such as torrents), and so on. When installing software (especially freeware), check "Custom", "Advanced" settings and deselect unwanted offers to install additional products.
Remember, intrusive ads usually seem legitimate, but some redirect to untrustworthy websites (gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on). If you encounter these redirects or ads, check installed plug-ins, extensions, and add-ons on your browser, and programs on your computer.
Remove all unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of a website promoting Lowe Registry Cleaner:
Screenshot of Lowe Registry Cleaner application:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Lowe Registry Cleaner?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Lowe Registry 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, Lowe Registry Cleaner did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications are installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or unwanted redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the lowe registry 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the lowe registry cleaner potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with lowe registry 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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the lowe registry cleaner potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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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