How to remove Win 10 Tweaker from the operating system?
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on
What program is Win 10 Tweaker?
Win 10 Tweaker is a questionable Windows customization tool. Multiple antivirus scanners on VirusTotal detect the installer for Win 10 Tweaker as malicious. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to trust this program. It is very likely that Win 10 Tweaker is promoted using questionable download sources.
Win 10 Tweaker in detail
Win 10 Tweaker allows users to customize the context menu, user interface, system, services, clear/remove cache and other items, delete applications, optimize the operating system. It also has the Pro version that costs about seven dollars.
Win 10 Tweaker may be bundled with malware or other unwanted software such as adware. This program could infect a computer with ransomware, Trojan, cryptocurrency miner, or other malicious software. Either way, it is strongly recommended not to trust this program or purchase its Pro version.
|Name||Win 10 Tweaker potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||Customization tool for Windows 10|
|Detection Names||Combo Cleaner (Application.Generic.3017531), Comodo (Malware@#2jdy0yyc3nuoo), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/W10Tweak.E Potentially Unsafe), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:RiskTool.MSIL.WinTweaker.b), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/Packunwan), 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.
Programs like Win 10 Tweaker in general
There are many questionable (potentially unwanted) applications on the Internet. Plenty of them are monetized through paid subscriptions. For example, they scan the system but do not fix any detected issues unless users pay for their full version. A couple examples of programs of this type are PC Cleaner Perfect, PC Accelerator, and Telamon Cleaner.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Win 10 Tweaker is available for download on a questionable website. It could be distributed through downloaders and installers for other programs as well. Users download or install unwanted programs with other programs when they do not change "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings available in their downloaders or installers.
Also, users cause unwanted downloads or installations by clicking on advertisements designed to run certain scripts or through fake installers. Either way, most users download or install programs of this kind unintentionally.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download files and programs from official pages and via direct links. Avoid using other sources (like Peer-to-Peer networks, shady websites, third-party downloaders, and installers). Check downloaders and installers for optional downloads or installations. Avoid clicking on advertisements that appear on questionable websites.
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 Win 10 Tweaker application (GIF):
Installation setup of Win 10 Tweaker application:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Win 10 Tweaker?
- 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.
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 "Win 10 Tweaker" 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, Win 10 Tweaker 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 win 10 tweaker 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 win 10 tweaker 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 win 10 tweaker 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of an unwanted application?
Most unwanted applications are monetized by promoting in-app purchases and (or) delivering various advertisements.
Is Win 10 Tweaker unwanted application legal?
Usually, unwanted applications are considered legal, since their End User License Agreements (EULA) typically inform users about the potential behaviour.
Is having Win 10 Tweaker installed on my computer dangerous?
It could be dangerous to install Win 10 Tweaker. A number of scanners on VirusTotal identity the installer for Win 10 Tweaker as malicious.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove Win 10 Tweaker unwanted application?
Combo Cleaner scans the operating system and eliminates all malicious, unwanted applications. Sometimes, when users remove unwanted software manually, various file leftovers remain hiding in the system. Thus, it is recommended to remove unwanted programs using specialized tools.
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