System Cleanup removal instructions
What is System Cleanup?
System Cleanup is a piece of software, promoted as a system cleaner and optimizer. It is supposedly capable of scanning systems and removing "junk" and temporary files, as well as other unnecessary data. This program has an official webpage, where it can be downloaded for free (or users can purchase the "premium" version). However, System Cleanup can also be installed alongside other software. This deceptive marketing method of packing regular programs with undesirable content is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes increase the risk of such infiltrating devices. Due to its dubious mode of proliferation it is considered to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).
Due to System Cleanup's classification as a PUA it is deemed to be untrustworthy and may also be a threat to device and/or user safety. It is strongly advised against downloading/installing this application and others similar to it. Most PUAs of this type require to be activated, in other words they need to be purchased. However, despite being purchased, they often do not work as advertised or are outright nonoperational. Furthermore, download/install setups used to proliferate System Cleanup, frequently contain more than one PUA (e.g. browser hijackers or adware). These unwanted applications have many harmful abilities. They generate redirects to various sale-oriented, untrustworthy and even malicious webpages. Additionally, by using a variety of tools they enable third party graphical content and deliver intrusive advertisement campaigns (e.g. pop-ups, surveys, banners, coupons, etc.). These ads seriously diminish browsing quality, by limiting browsing speed and overlaying page content. They also generate redirects to hazardous sites and can execute scripts to stealthily download/install PUAs. Unwanted applications have another heinous ability - data tracking. By recording browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search engine history, etc.), they gather users' personal information (IP address, geolocation and personal details). This private data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), seeking to misuse it to generate revenue. Therefore, PUAs can cause system infiltrations and infections, as well as lead to severe privacy issues (even identity theft). To ensure device and user safety, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately.
|Name||System Cleanup potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||System cleanup and optimization.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Adware-gen [Adw]), DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.1959), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/SparksGenPCClean.B Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.kax), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you don't recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found issues. Asks for payment in order to eliminate the supposedly found errors.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
To eliminate System Cleanup potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
In general, PUAs tend to be quite similar. They are designed to appear legitimate and offer a broad array of "useful" and "beneficial" features. Full PC Care 2.0, Smart Sys Care, Inlog Optimizer are a few examples of apps similar to System Cleanup. Despite how good their offers sound, users should note that in most cases all their features are nonfunctional. The only goal of all undesirable content is to generate profit for its developers; to users it has no genuine value. In summary, PUAs cause redirects, deliver intrusive ad campaigns and collect sensitive data.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
As mentioned, System Cleanup has an official download website. PUAs also proliferate via download/install setups of other programs. By rushing through the download/installation processes (e.g. by ignoring terms, skipping steps and sections, using pre-set options and etc.) - users can unintentionally allow such "bundled" content into the device. Intrusive advertisements can also download and install PUAs without user permission. Once clicked, they can execute scripts, designed to make such rogue downloads/installs.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Desired content should always be researched in order to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Only official and verified download sources should be used. Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (e.g. BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), free file-hosting and unofficial sites, third party downloaders and similar sources are deemed to be untrustworthy; therefore are advised against use. When downloading/installing, users are recommended to read terms, explore possible options, use "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from downloading/installing additional content. Intrusive advertisements typically look ordinary and harmless, however they redirect to various dubious webpages (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling and etc.). Should users encounter such ads/redirects, they are strongly urged to inspect the device and remove all suspicious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of System Cleanup application (GIF):
System Cleanup installation setup:
Website promoting System Cleanup application:
Instant automatic removal of System Cleanup potentially unwanted application:
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- What is System Cleanup?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "System Cleanup" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
At the time of research System Cleanup did not install any unwanted browser extensions. However note that some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you see unwanted ads or get unwanted redirects when browsing the Internet continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the system cleanup potentially unwanted application, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the system cleanup potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with system cleanup potentially unwanted application removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove system cleanup potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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