Registry Doctor virus removal guide
What is Registry Doctor?
Registry Doctor is a program which supposed to operate as a system optimization tool. It is promoted as a tool that removes junk files, fixes registry, optimizes browsers and improves overall computer's performance. However, it is also known as Trojan.Clicker, a malicious program which is designed to perform click fraud. Simply said, Trojan.Clicker is disguised as Registry Doctor, a supposedly legitimate and useful software.
Registry Doctor/Trojan.Clicker is promoted on some questionable website. Once downloaded and installed, it starts a malicious process in Task Manager called "EpizyCleanup". It might look like a legitimate process, however, by running in the system's background it performs the aforementioned click fraud. It connects to various websites and clicks links, and advertisements. Simply said, by clicking various ads it generates revenue for cyber criminals through the Pay-per-click (PPC) model. It is illegal to generate revenue in such ways (using the click fraud method). If there is any reason to believe that this Trojan.Clicker (disguised as Registry Doctor) malicious program is installed on the computer, it should be removed as soon as possible. Besides, it is very likely that the Registry Doctor is not an actual system optimization tool - it only detects issues (probably fake ones) but does not fix any of them. It is designed to give an impression that it is effective so that people would not uninstall it shortly after installation and would keep it installed for a long time. Keeping it installed keeps Trojan.Clicker installed as well, which allows cyber criminals to generate revenue as long as it is not uninstalled.
|Threat Type||Trojan.Clicker, fake system optimizer.|
|Detection Names (WRCFree.exe)||Avira (PUA/RegDoc.ME.2), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of Generik.BFSOAJC), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.faf), Malwarebytes (Trojan.RegistryDoctor), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|Malicious Process Name(s)||EpizyCleanup (the process name may vary).|
|Symptoms||Trojans are designed to stealthily infiltrate victim's computer and remain silent thus no particular symptoms are clearly visible on an infected machine.|
|Distribution methods||Infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering, software cracks.|
|Damage||Decreased web browsing experience, pop-up windows, fake system alerts.|
To eliminate Registry Doctor Trojan.Clicker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
There are many various malicious programs that are disguised as legitimate and useful software. Some of them might be designed to cause computer infections, steal personal, confidential details, control computers remotely and so on. Typically, programs of this type get installed when people use carelessly browse, use questionable software or sources to download it.
How did Registry Doctor infiltrate my computer?
How to avoid installation of malware?
Do not open attachments (or web links) presented in irrelevant emails without carefully analyzing them first. If such email is received from a suspicious, unknown email address, it is better to keep its contents unopened. Furthermore, it is important to download all software from official websites (or other trustworthy sources) only. Every download/installation should be handled properly, it means that any software's setups should be analyzed and their "Custom", "Advanced" settings, options should be checked. If there are any offers to download/install unwanted apps, they should be dismissed. One more crucial thing is to update installed software via implemented functions or tools that are provided by official software developers. Other tools might cause installations of malicious programs. And finally, we strongly recommend to have a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware suite installed and always enabled. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Dubious website promoting Registry Doctor:
Registry Doctor's installation setup:
Registry Doctor application:
Appearance of Registry Doctor (GIF):
Instant automatic removal of Registry Doctor Trojan.Clicker:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of Registry Doctor Trojan.Clicker. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Registry Doctor?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of Registry Doctor malware.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
How to remove malware manually?
Manual malware removal is a complicated task, usually it's better to let antivirus or anti-malware programs do it automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Spyhunter for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here's an example of a suspicious program running on user's computer:
If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example using task manager and identified a program that looks suspicious you should continue with these steps:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry and file system locations:
Restart your computer into Safe Mode:
Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.
Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run Autoruns.exe file.
In the Autoruns application click "Options" at the top and uncheck "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure click the "Refresh" icon.
Check the list provided by Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.
You should write down it full path and name. Note that some malware hides their process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage it's very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate he suspicious program you want to remove right click your mouse over it's name and choose "Delete"
After removing the malware through Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware won't run automatically on the next system startup) you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the file of the malware be sure to remove it.
Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should help remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills, it's recommended to leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it's better to avoid getting infected that try to remove malware afterwards. To keep your computer safe be sure to install latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.
To be sure your computer is free of malware infections we recommend scanning it with Spyhunter for Windows.