Registry Cleaner Virus

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

Registry Cleaner virus removal guide

What is Registry Cleaner?

As the name suggests, Registry Cleaner is a program that supposed to clean/fix system registry. According to its developers this program is capable of boosting memory and cleaning junk files too. The problem is that Registry Cleaner only seems to be a legitimate program. In reality it works as a malicious program, a Trojan.Clicker that is used perform a click fraud.

Registry Cleaner malware

Registry Cleaner is promoted on some questionable website that is made look like a legitimate/official page. Once downloaded and installed, this registry cleaner/system optimizer starts running the "EpizyCleanup" process in Task Manager which is actually the Trojan.Clicker process performing click fraud. This malicious program is designed to commit click fraud in an automated way. It can be used to click on ads with a purpose to generate revenue or to drive up costs of competitor's advertising campaigns. Simply said, this is an illegal way to make profit from clicking ads in PPC (Pay-per-click) advertising or to drain advertising budget of competitors by increasing ad costs. Besides, if a person is a publisher, it can use tools like Trojan.Clicker to click on its own website ads which could make its page more attractive for other who might want to look for a place to place their online ads. Click fraud is quite a big problem in PPC advertising business and tools like Trojan.Clicker are used only for illegal purposes. That is why recommend to uninstall this malware which is disguised as Registry Cleaner. In other words, to uninstall the Registry Cleaner program.

Threat Summary:
Name Registry Cleaner Trojan.Clicker
Threat Type Trojan.Clicker, fake system optimizer.
Detection Names (WRCFree.exe) Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), DrWeb (Trojan.MulDrop8.43952), ESET-NOD32 (a variant of Win32/GenKryptik.CLRL), Fortinet (W32/Generic.AC.40D1F5), Full List (VirusTotal)
Malicious Process Name(s) EpizyCleanup, Epizy Cleaner 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

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There are other programs that are created with a purpose to generate revenue by operating as Trojan.Clicker. This malicious programs can be disguised as Registry Mechanic, Microsoft Cleaner, Registry Doctor or some other program. One way or anther, people who download and install them intentionally expect them to be system optimization programs. However, it is very likely that they do not fix any problems and provide their users with fake lists of detected issues.

How did Registry Cleaner infiltrate my computer?

Cyber criminals spread malware in different ways, usually they employ spam campaigns, untrustworthy software download sources, trojans, software 'cracking' tools and fake updaters/updating tools. To proliferate malicious programs through spam campaigns send emails that contain malicious attachments. The purpose of these spam campaigns is to trick people into opening them. If opened, they download and install one or another virus. Attached files could be Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel and others), executables (like .exe files), archives (RAR, ZIP and similar), JavaScript files and so on. Another way to spread infections is through various unreliable software download sources such as Peer-to-Peer networks, freeware download websites, free file hosting websites and so on. Cyber criminals present their malicious executables as legitimate files. People who download and open them install malware by themselves. Trojans are designed to proliferate other viruses. If such program is installed, then most likely that it will infect computers with other malicious programs as well. Software 'cracking' tools are used by people who do not want to pay for some software that is not free. However, by using these tools they risk to cause installations of malicious programs. Cyber criminals use them as tools to spread viruses too. Fake software updaters usually infect systems by exploiting outdated software's bugs, flaws, or by downloading malware instead of the expected updates, fixes.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Avoid opening attachments or links that are presented in irrelevant emails that are sent from unknown/suspicious email addresses. Keep in mind that these emails usually are created to look like official and important. Download software from official pages and using direct download links. All other, questionable sources might be used to promote unwanted programs or even malicious ones. Update software with tools or implemented functions that are provided by official software developers. Activate it properly, which means do not use third party ('cracking') tools for that. They are not legal and might cause serious damage (computer infections). And finally, have a reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware installed and keep it enabled at all times. It really helps to prevent viruses from causing damage to computers/systems. 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 the Registry Cleaner program:

registry cleaner website

Regitry Cleaner's installation setup:

registry cleaner installer

Registry Cleaner on the list of installed programs:

registry cleaner installed on a computer

Screenshot of Registry Cleaner application:

Registry Cleaner app virus

Apprarance of Registry Cleaner (GIF):

registry cleaner appearance in gif

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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.