Light Cleaner removal instructions
What is Light Cleaner?
According to Light Cleaner's developers, it is a program designed to clean Windows Registry. It also works as a optimizer - allows to improve PC's performance. There are many programs of this type out there, the problem is that some of their developers promote them using questionable methods. In this case they distribute Light Cleaner using a "bundling" method. For this reason it is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA). Most people install apps of this type inadvertently/unintentionally.
When installed and opened, Light Cleaner allows to choose scan options (as in a screenshot below). Basically, it scans for various problems related to Windows Registry. Nevertheless, it will not be able to fix any problems (fix errors, clean broken entries and so on). Free version is capable only of finding problems, not fixing them. It is known that many optimization-oriented applications of this type (PUAs) are designed to scan systems and find various problems, usually quite a number of them. The problem is that very often those results are fake, they are displayed with a purpose to encourage people to buy a full version of a particular program. Simply said, PUAs of this type are designed to make it look like there are many problems that need to be fixed and to trick people into paying for them. It is possible that Light Cleaner is one of these apps - it is very common for PUAs that are promoted using the aforementioned "bundling" method to operate that way. It is worth mentioning that this method often is used to promote several potentially unwanted apps at one. Simply said, it is possible that during Light Cleaner's installation there were other programs downloaded and installed as well. Usually these apps are various browser hijackers, adware-type apps and so on. Apps of this type deliver intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups etc.), gather various information (related to user's browsing habits) or perform other actions. One way or another, having PUAs of this type installed might lead to problems with browsing safety, privacy or other, even more serious problems. We do not recommend to trust apps like Light Cleaner and to uninstall all installed PUAs.
There is a long list of apps that are more or less similar to Light Cleaner, some examples are: One Click Booster, Registry Scanner and Lowe Registry Cleaner. Potentially unwanted apps usually are promoted as useful, legitimate tools. Nevertheless, once installed, PUAs often do not deliver promised features, cause various problems or/and perform actions that allow their developers to generate revenue. One way or another, most apps that are promoted via "bundling" method cannot be trusted.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
There is a website that Light Cleaner's developers use to promote it, people can download it from there. However, most of the times they install apps of this type unintentionally, unwillingly. Unwanted installations usually happen when users click intrusive (unreliable) ads displayed on deceptive/untrustworthy websites or during various downloads/installations - when software developers use a "bundling" method. They use it to trick people into installing/downloading PUAs together with other software that they download intentionally (on purpose). Any information related to PUAs being bundled/included into software download/installation setups usually is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of these setups. The problem is that many people download or install various software without paying attention to details/without checking any available options or settings. By doing that they give permissions to install (or download) unwanted apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
We recommend to download software using only official/trustworthy websites (or other sources), and to avoid using third party software downloaders (and installers), torrent clients, eMule (or other Peer-to-Peer networks), unofficial websites and so on. It is important not to forget to check all available "Advanced", "Custom" and other sections/settings of any software download or installation setup. The main goal of this part is to deselect offers to install or download any unwanted software. Do not click various intrusive ads, they often cause redirects to untrustworthy websites (like gambling, pornography, adult dating etc.). If unwanted redirects happen often or intrusive ads appear regularly, then check if there are no new/unwanted plug-ins, add-ons and extensions installed on a browser, or suspicious programs on a computer. Uninstall/remove all suspicious, unwanted browser apps and computer programs as soon as possible. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of Light Cleaner application:
Light Cleaner installation setup:
Instant automatic removal of Light Cleaner potentially unwanted application:
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- What is Light 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 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "Light 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 the time of research Light Cleaner did not install any unwanted browser extensions. However note that some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you see unwanted ads or get 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 light 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 light 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 plugins 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 light 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove light cleaner potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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