What is Perfect Optimizer?
Perfect Optimizer is advertised as software that supposedly repairs, cleans and optimizes the operating system. In fact, this program is distributed in a dubious way and, therefore, is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Users often download and install these rogue apps inadvertently.
Perfect Optimizer includes two main features: "Memory Optimizer" and "Startup Speedup". These features supposedly optimize computers (improve performance). In fact, to use any of these features, the full version must be purchased (to enter a license key).
Most PUAs not function as promised: they do not fix any genuine issues, and simply generate fake scan results to trick people into paying for activation. It is likely that Perfect Optimizer is also one of these rogue programs and should, therefore, not be trusted or purchased.
Note that its downloader promotes McAfee and Avast, which are legitimate programs. The downloaders and installers of apps such as Perfect Optimizer are often used to distribute other potentially unwanted apps (e.g., adware, browser hijackers). Adware-type apps serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other types of advertisements.
These ads often promote (open) untrusted websites or even run scrips designed to download and install unwanted programs. Browser hijackers promote fake search engine addresses by changing certain browser settings.
Note that adware-type apps and browser hijackers often gather various data such as browsing details (e.g., IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and so on). Some PUAs are also capable of accessing sensitive information.
The data could be sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, if PUAs of this type are already installed on browsers and/or operating systems, uninstall them immediately. Do not trust Perfect Optimizer or other PUAs.
|Name||Perfect Optimizer potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Supposed Functionality||This software supposedly cleans, repairs and optimizes systems.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:PUP-gen [PUP]), AVG (FakeAV.caf), ESET-NOD32 (LNK/Agent.CH), Microsoft (Misleading:Win32/PerfectOptimizer), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Perfect Optimizer is similar to Registry Life, RocketFixio and WinOptimizer. These programs should not be trusted, since they are distributed in dubious ways, do not fix any errors/issues, and are of no use in any other ways. Common methods used to distribute these programs are described below.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs are often distributed by including them into the download/installation set-ups of other programs as 'additional offers'. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Generally, information about additional downloads and installations can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of the set-ups.
The same settings can be used to decline the offers, however, many users fail to check and change them. When users download and install programs without changing the aforementioned setting, they often allow for additionally-included applications to infiltrate.
Unwanted downloads and installations are also caused by clicking deceptive advertisements that execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
It is not safe to download software/files from untrusted, unofficial pages, through torrent clients, eMule (and other Peer-to-Peer networks), third party downloaders, etc. Third party installers should not be used to install software. The safest way to download files and programs is using direct links and and official websites.
Check all "Custom", "Advanced" or other similar settings, and decline offers to download or install unwanted apps. Do not click intrusive ads, since they can open untrusted/potentially malicious websites or even cause unwanted downloads and installations. In most cases, such ads appear on dubious websites, however, in some cases they may appear on legitimate pages.
Remove any suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug-ins installed on the browser. The same should be applied to programs of this kind that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of Perfect Optimizer application (GIF):
Installation setup of Perfect Optimizer application:
Downloader of Perfect Optimizer installer:
Downloader designed to download Perfect Optimizer and promote Avast, and McAfee:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Perfect Optimizer?
- 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 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "Perfect Optimizer" 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 time of research, Perfect Optimizer did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or 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 perfect optimizer 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 perfect optimizer 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 plug-ins 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 perfect optimizer 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the perfect optimizer potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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.
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