What is Registry Medic?
Registry Medic is a piece of software, endorsed as a system registry error removal and optimization tool. Due to the dubious techniques used to distribute this application, it is also deemed to be a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). It is noteworthy that PUAs may have unmentioned, undesirable and possibly heinous abilities.
While questionable promotion methods are employed to distribute legitimate and harmless products, they are more commonly used to proliferate untrustworthy and even dangerous content. PUAs rarely look suspicious, they tend to appear ordinary and useful.
However, these apps are seldom operational. Fake anti-viruses are a prime example of such. Tools within this classification require activation (i.e. purchase) to perform the promised functionalities, yet after activation - they remain nonfunctional. Furthermore, PUAs can have abilities that pose a threat to devices.
Some unwanted applications can force-open rogue, sale-based/promotional (of both legitimate and unreliable content), deceptive/scam, compromised and malicious websites. Adware-types enable the placement of various intrusive advertisements - typically, on any visited site.
Once clicked on, the ads redirect to untrustworthy/malicious webpages and some can stealthily download/install software (e.g. PUAs). Browser hijackers can modify browser settings and limit/deny access to them - in order to promote fake search engines.
The promoted web searchers are seldom able to provide search results, so they usually redirect to (or cause redirection chains ending with) Google, Yahoo, Bing and other genuine search engines. Most PUAs (regardless of type) have data tracking abilities.
They can monitor browsing activity (visited URLs, viewed pages, searched queries, etc.) and gather sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations and other details). The collected data is highly likely to contain personally identifiable information.
PUA developers monetize this information by sharing it with and/or selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), likewise intent on misusing it for profit. In summary, presence of unwanted software on devices can lead to system infections, financial losses, severe privacy issues and even identity theft.
To ensure device integrity and user privacy, all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Name||Registry Medic potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||System optimization and registry error removal|
|Detection Names (installer)||Avast (FileRepMetagen [Adw]), BitDefender (Application.Deceptor.AYJ), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/RegistryMedic.B Potentiall), McAfee (Artemis!572EDC8519BA), Microsoft (Misleading:Win32/Lodi), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (application)||Emsisoft (Application.Deceptor.AYJ (B)), BitDefender (Application.Deceptor.AYJ), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/RegistryMedic.B Potentially U), Fortinet (Riskware/RegistryMedic), Microsoft (Misleading:Win32/Lodi), 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.
Garbage Cleaner, PCRepairClinic, PC Gold Optimizer and system repair, PC Accelerator - are some examples of other PUAs, which promise system cleaning and optimization features. Unwanted apps can offer a wide variety of handy and advantageous functionalities.
However, despite how good the functions may sound - they are usually nonoperational. Functionality and user safety are irrelevant, since the only goal of PUAs is to generate revenue for the developers. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can cause redirects, run intrusive advertisement campaigns, hijack browsers and gather private data.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PUAs can have "official" promotional pages, from which they can be downloaded and/or purchased. These applications are also distributed via download/installation setups of other programs. This deceptive marketing technique of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling".
Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps and sections, etc.) increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive adverts proliferate PUAs as well. Upon being clicked, the ads can execute scripts to download/install these applications without user permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software prior to download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Since dubious download channels, e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks (Torrent clients, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders - commonly offer harmful and/or bundled content.
When downloading/installing, it is advised to read terms, study all possible options, use the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, and so forth. It is just as important to exercise caution when browsing.
Intrusive advertisements appear legitimate, however they redirect to unreliable and questionable websites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating, etc.). In case of encounters with ads and/or redirects of this type, the system must be checked and all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - removed without delay.
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 Registry Medic application (GIF):
Installation setup of Registry Medic application:
Website promoting Registry Medic application:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Registry Medic?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
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 "Registry Medic" 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, Registry Medic 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 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 registry medic 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 registry medic 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 registry medic 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.
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 registry medic 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.
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 registry medic potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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