Pro PC Cleaner Unwanted Application

Also Known As: Pro PC Cleaner potentially unwanted program
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Pro PC Cleaner removal instructions

What is Pro PC Cleaner?

The Pro PC Cleaner application supposedly provides various computer performance-improving functions - "Pro PC Cleaner identifies and fixes registry issues, corrupted files, memory problems, startup lags, and system issues." On initial inspection, Pro PC Cleaner may seem a regular application, however, this app often infiltrates systems without users’ permission. Therefore, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

Pro PC Cleaner adware

Potentially unwanted programs are likely to track Internet browsing activity and generate intrusive online advertisements. The types of collected data often include IP addresses, geo-location, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other similar browsing-related information. Some of the data will contain personal details that the developers of PUPs share with third parties, who are likely to misuse it to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Advertisements generated by potentially unwanted programs do not originate from users' visited websites. They conceal underlying web content, thereby significantly diminishing the Internet browsing experience. In addition, some lead to malicious websites - clicking them risks further adware or malware infections. Note that PC Cleaner Pro is a legitimate application that poses no threat to users' privacy, however, it often infiltrates systems without users’ consent, uses system resources, and continually interrupt users with various notifications, thereby diminishing computer use generally. If you feel that this PUP has been installed without your permission, you should uninstall it immediately.

Potentially unwanted programs are designed to generate revenue for the developers. They falsely claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience or provide other 'valuable' features simply to trick users to install. After infiltrating the system, YTDownloader, Royal Raid, and other similar applications, track Internet browsing activity and display intrusive online advertisements. They provide no significant value for users.

How did Pro PC Cleaner install on my computer?

Applications such as Pro PC Cleaner are often distributed as 'bundles' with other software. Developers hide potentially unwanted programs within the 'Custom/Advanced' settings, since they are aware that most users skip this section. By rushing the download and installation processes, users often install PUPs such as Pro PC Cleaner inadvertently. Developers' revenue is dependent on the number of distributed PUPs and, therefore, there is no reason for them to disclose these installations.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

This situation can be prevented by taking two simple step. Firstly, each step of the software download and installation processes should be closely analyzed using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Secondly, all offers to download or install additionally-included software should be declined - third party apps are likely to be bogus and, thus, should never be installed.

Deceptive free software installer distributing the Pro PC Cleaner PUP:

Delusive installer promoting Pro PC Cleaner

Screenshot of the Pro PC Cleaner PUP:

Potentially unwanted program Pro PC Cleaner

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Quick menu:

Pro PC Cleaner PUP removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

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:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

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:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

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.

Pro PC Cleaner adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Pro PC Cleaner Software", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Pro PC Cleaner from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Pro PC Cleaner did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Pro PC Cleaner ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options 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".

Removing Pro PC Cleaner ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the pro pc cleaner potentially unwanted program, 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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

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.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Pro PC Cleaner  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Pro PC Cleaner ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the pro pc cleaner potentially unwanted program, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google 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.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Pro PC Cleaner ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Pro PC Cleaner ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with pro pc cleaner potentially unwanted program removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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.

Removal assistance:
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Medium threat activity
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