Registry Mechanic Virus

Also Known As: Registry Mechanic Trojan.Clicker
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

Registry Mechanic virus removal guide

What is Registry Mechanic?

Registry Mechanic is a program that supposed to make computers fast and clean. According to its developers, it can improve computer's performance by removing junk files, fixing and cleaning registry and optimizing browsers. However, it actually is a malicious program that is known as the Trojan.Clicker, a tool used for click fraud. Registry Mechanic is just a name that is used to disguise its true intents.

Registry Mechanic malware

This malicious programs can be downloaded from a website that may look legitimate and official. However, pages of this kind do not promote malware. When installed, it starts a background process that can be identified as the "EpizyCleanup" process in Task Manger. This process is a disguised Trojan.Clicker which performs click fraud. However, in some cases this malicious program could be used to spread other computer infections. Click fraud is an illegal way to generate revenue on the Internet in PPC (Pay-per-click) advertising. Simply said, programs like Trojan.Clicker are designed to imitate legitimate advertisement clicks and generate traffic to various sites. The more ads they click, the greater revenue they generate for host of websites where those ads are displayed. They can be used to drain advertiser's budget by increasing costs of advertising too. In other words, one advertiser might use this technique to sabotage their competitors. Clicks generated by programs like Trojan.Clicker are illegal, therefore, programs of this type should not be used. However, there are many cases where people are unaware of the fact that they have such program running on their systems and unintentionally help fraudsters to generate revenue. In this particular case it would be the people who intentionally or unintentionally installed the Registry Mechanic program on their computers.

Threat Summary:
Name Registry Mechanic Trojan.Clicker
Threat Type Trojan.Clicker, fake system optimizer.
Detection Names (WRCFree.exe) DrWeb (Trojan.MulDrop8.43952), Fortinet (W32/Generic.AC.40D1F5), McAfee-GW-Edition (BehavesLike.Win32.Dropper.tc), NANO-Antivirus (Trojan.Win32.GenKryptik.ffdtyh), 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 Diminished computer performance, decreased Internet speed, potential installation of additional malware.
Removal

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Registry Mechanic is not the only program operates as Trojan.Clicker malware, a couple of other examples are Microsoft Cleaner and Registry Doctor. As a rule, such programs are promoted using deceptive methods/ways, in this case through a deceptive website that is designed to look like an official, legitimate page. We strongly recommend to make sure that a desired program is legitimate before downloading and installing it.

How did Registry Mechanic infiltrate my computer?

In addition to unofficial pages, malicious programs could be proliferated using other unreliable software download sources such as Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule etc), free file hosting or freeware download websites, third party downloaders and other similar channels. Other deceptive ways to distribute malicious programs are spam campaigns, trojans, fake updating and software 'cracking' tools. Cyber criminals use spam campaigns to proliferate their viruses by sending emails with files attached to them. These attachments usually are Microsoft Office documents, PDF docs, archives like RAR, ZIP, executables (i.e., .exe files), JavaScript files and so on. When (and if) opened, these files cause downloads and installations of high-risk malware. Trojans are malicious programs that are designed to spread other programs of this kind. Simply said, they cause cain infections. However, in order to be able to do so they must be installed first. Fake software updaters usually either exploit outdated software's flaws or bugs, or download and install malicious programs instead but not fixes or updates. People who use software 'cracking' tools to avoid having to purchase installed software (pay for its activation) often unintentionally allow for these tools to download and install malware. In other words, cyber criminals often employ them to spread viruses too.

How to avoid installation of malware?

We recommend to browse the web, install, download and update software properly. Do not open attachments that are presented in irrelevant/questionable emails received from unknown email addresses. Same applies to web links presented in them. Keep installed software updated, however, it is important to do it using implemented functions or tools provided by official developers, not some third party tools. All software should be downloaded from official websites and using direct links. None of the sources mentioned above should be/can be trusted. Same applies to software 'cracking' tools - it is not legal to use them and they often are used by cyber criminals who attempt to trick people into downloading/installing malware. And finally, it is also very important to have reputable anti-spyware or anti-virus software installed and to make sure that it is 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.

Unreliable website that is used to promote Registry Mechanic:

website promoting registry mechanic

 Registry Mechanic's installer:

registry mechanic installer

Registry Mechanic program:

registry mechanic program

Registry Mechanic in the Programs and Features list:

registry mechanic in programs and features list

Appearance of Registry Mechanic:

appearance of registry mechanic in gif

Instant automatic removal of Registry Mechanic 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 Mechanic Trojan.Clicker. Download it by clicking the button below:
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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:

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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:

manual malware removal step 1 Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry and file system locations:

screenshot of autoruns application

manual malware removal step 2Restart 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.

Safe Mode with Networking

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.

Windows 8 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.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

 

manual malware removal step 3Extract the downloaded archive and run Autoruns.exe file.

extract autoruns.zip and run autoruns.exe

manual malware removal step 4In 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.

Click 'Options' at the top and uncheck 'Hide Empty Locations' and 'Hide Windows Entries' options

manual malware removal step 5Check 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"

locate the malware file you want to remove

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.

searching for malware file on your computer

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.