PC Regcleaners Virus

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

PC Regcleaners virus removal guide

What is PC Regcleaners?

PC Regcleaners (other known variants are named Regcleanerz and Regcleaners) is promoted as a system/computer optimization program which supposed to make its user's computer cleaner and to start faster. According to its developers, it includes tools such as registry cleaner, memory booster and junk cleaner. However, after installation it runs as a Trojan.Clicker, a tool that is being used to engage in click fraud.

PC Regcleaners malware

Like other programs of this type PC Regcleaners is presented as a legitimate program which can be downloaded from supposedly official website. Once downloaded and installed, it starts running the Trojan.Clicker which is disguised as "EpizyCleanup" process in Task Manager (as in a screenshot above). Basically, this is a malicious program used to perform click fraud. Click fraud is illegal, its purpose is to click on Pay-per-click (PPC) advertisements to generate revenue or to drain advertiser's budget. It can be performed manually or automatically, in this particular case it the second variant. People use Trojan.Clicker malicious program to click their own ads or to click on competitor's ads. They either use it to make money for themselves or to cause increased price of advertising for their competitors. For example, if a competitor has a limited budget, then its funds may run out fast and it will stop receiving clicks on his ads. Another way to generate revenue from click fraud is to click ads displayed on owned website and to make it more attractive for other advertisers. One way or another, whoever uses programs like Trojan.Clicker perform illegal actions. For this reason we recommend to uninstall PC Regcleaners as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name PC Regcleaners Trojan.Clicker
Threat Type Trojan.Clicker, fake system optimizer.
Detection Names (WRCFree.exe) Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.31946799), ESET-NOD32 (MSIL/TrojanClicker.Agent.NTL), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.eiv), 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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PC Regcleaners is not the only program that is used to trick people into installing Trojan.Clicker, other examples are Registry Cleaner, Registry Mechanic and Microsoft Cleaner. All these programs are presented as system optimization tools. However, it is very likely that they provide their users with fake results (detect non-existent problems), in other words, they do not fix any issues and are designed only to generate revenue for their developers by performing illegal actions.

How did PC Regcleaners infiltrate my computer?

It is known that PC Regcleaners's developers promote this app using a questionable website. However, there are more ways to distribute malicious programs. For example, using spam campaigns, trojans, other unreliable software download sources, fake software updating and software 'cracking' tools. To proliferate malware through spam campaigns, cyber criminals send emails that contain attachments like Microsoft Office or PDF documents, archives (ZIP, RAR and other files), JavaScript, executable files and so on. Their goal is to trick unsuspecting people into opening these attachments. If opened, they download and install malicious software. Trojans are malicious programs that are used to cause chain infections. If installed, they cause downloads and installations of other malware. Various freeware download, free file hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule) are often used to present infected files as legitimate. People who use these sources download various file/software risk to cause installations of malicious programs. Fake software updating tools cause computer infections by downloading and installing malware instead of the promised updates, or by exploiting outdated software's bugs, flaws. Various software 'cracking' tools operate very similarly. They supposed to activate software (illegally), however, quite often they do the opposite - they infect computers with high-risk viruses.

How to avoid installation of malware?

To keep computers safe and prevent them from being infected with various malicious programs we recommend to download, install, update software and browse the Internet properly (with care). It is not recommended to use various third party software downloaders (or installers), shady pages and other similar pages. Everything should be downloaded from official and trustworthy websites and using direct download links. Furthermore, it is important to update installed software (or operating system) using implemented functions or tools provided by official software developers and not with some unofficial tools. Do not open attachments that are presented in irrelevant emails received from unknown, suspicious addresses. Same applies to web links. Emails of this type should be ignored and their contents left unopened. Do not activate software using 'cracking' tools. Many of them are designed to cause downloads and installations of malware. Besides, it is not legal to use such programs to bypass software activations. One more really important thing is to have a reputable anti-spyware or anti-virus software installed and enabled (always). Programs of this type are really helpful when willing to protect computers from various threats. 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 promoting PC Regcleaners:

pc regcleaners website

PC Regcleaners's installer:

pc regcleaners installer

Screenshot of PC Regcleaners program:

pc regcleaners application

Screenshot of Regcleaners program:

Regcleaners Trojan.Clicker

Screenshot of Regcleanerz program:

Regcleanerz Trojan.Clicker

PC Regcleaners on the list of installed programs:

pcregcleaners on programs nd features list

Appearance of PC Regcleaners program (GIF):

pc regcleaners appearance

Instant automatic removal of PC Regcleaners 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 Regcleaners 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.