PC Boost Pro Virus

Also Known As: PC Boost Pro Trojan.Clicker
Type: Trojan
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

PC Boost Pro virus removal guide

What is PC Boost Pro?

PC Boost Pro is promoted as a registry cleaner, memory booster and junk cleaner. Simply said, its developers present it as a tool designed to make computers faster and cleaner. What they do not mention is that PC Boost Pro is actually a malicious program known as Trojan.Clicker. This is a tool that cyber criminals use for a click fraud.

PC Boost Pro malware

After installation PC Boost Pro runs the "Pccurepro" process in Task Manager and performs the aforementioned click fraud. It is quite common for people to be unaware of the fact that they have such programs installed on their computers. However, various cyber criminals use them intentionally. It is not legal to perform click fraud and to use it to profit from Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising. PC Boost Pro/Trojan.Clicker is a program that can be used to fake ad clicks, by clicking them it generates revenue for people who host websites where clicked ads are displayed. Besides, clicking ads on a website you own can make a website attractive for other advertisers. However, this malware can be used to drain competitors advertising budged too, clicking their ads increases cost of advertising. No matter how programs like Trojan.Clicker are used, actions performed with them are illegal. Besides, it is possible that some of these trojans might be designed to spread various computer infections. These are the main reasons why PC Boost Pro should not be trusted, if it is installed on a computer, then we recommend to uninstall it immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name PC Boost Pro Trojan.Clicker
Threat Type Trojan.Clicker, fake system optimizer.
Detection Names (PCBoostPro_setup.exe) DrWeb (Trojan.MulDrop8.43952), Fortinet (W32/Generic.AC.40D1F5), Jiangmin (Hoax.DeceptPCClean.zw), NANO-Antivirus (Trojan.Win32.GenKryptik.ffdtyh), Full List (VirusTotal)
Malicious Process Name(s) Pccurepro, Pccurepro_service (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

To eliminate PC Boost Pro Trojan.Clicker our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
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In this particular case Trojan.Clicker is disguised as PC Boost Pro, however, there are other programs that are being used for that. Some examples are Registry Mechanic, Microsoft Cleaner and Registry Doctor. These apps might seem legitimate and to be promoted on supposedly official websites, however, their developers use them to generate revenue by performing click fraud. Besides, it is very likely that none of these programs operate as actual system optimization tools.

How did PC Boost Pro infiltrate my computer?

Malicious programs can be distributed in various ways. Here are some of the most commonly used ones: using spam campaigns, untrustworthy software download sources, fake software updaters, trojans and unofficial tools that are used to activate software. Cyber criminals use spam campaigns as tools to spread various viruses by attaching infected files to emails. These attachments could be Microsoft Office documents, archive files (such as RAR), PDF documents, executables (.exe files), JavaScript files and so on. They send these emails to a lot of people, if they open those attachments, they cause downloads and installations of various high-risk malware. Examples of untrustworthy software download sources are Peer-to-Peer networks, free file hosting, freeware download websites, unofficial pages, various third party downloaders and so on. They can be used to trick people into downloading and installing viruses by themselves too. Simply said, cyber criminals use these channels to present malicious files as legitimate and harmless. Unofficial, fake, software updaters distribute malware by downloading and installing it instead of updates, or they exploit bugs, flaws of some outdated (installed) software. As we mentioned above, software 'cracking' tools cannot be trusted as well. It is not legal to activate software using them (bypass paid activations) and they often are used as tools to proliferate malicious programs.

How to avoid installation of malware?

It is important not to open attachments (or web links) that are presented in irrelevant emails received from unknown, untrustworthy or/and suspicious addresses. Update installed software using implemented functions (or tools) that are provided by official developers only. Download software from official websites and use direct download links. Other sources should not be trusted or used. Do not activate software using 'cracking' programs, not only because they are illegal, bet because they often cause computer infections too. And finally, have a reputable anti-spyware or anti-virus software installed and make sure to keep it enabled at all times. If you believe that your computer is already infected, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Website promoting PC Boost Pro:

pc boost pro website

PC Boost Pro's installer:

pc boost pro installer

PC Boost Pro on the list of installed programs:

pc boost pro o the list of installed programs

Screenshot of PC Boost Pro application:

PC Boost virus app

Appearance of PC Boost Pro program (GIF):

pc boost pro appearance

Instant automatic removal of PC Boost Pro 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 PC Boost Pro 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:

malicious process running on user's computer sample

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.