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).
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:
Screenshot of the Pro PC Cleaner PUP:
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- What is Pro PC Cleaner?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Pro PC Cleaner application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove unwanted add-ons from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove malicious plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue add-ons from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove unwanted extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Pro PC Cleaner PUP removal:
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 "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:
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 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.
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 "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
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 (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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
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, 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 pro pc cleaner potentially unwanted program, 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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