Home Malware Cleaner is known as a rogue anti-spyware program which displays multiple fraudulent security messages only to scare you into purchasing the full version of it. Security experts warn users to be careful what programs they download from the Web, and not to bluntly pay for programs claiming to clean their system.
What Is Home Malware Cleaner?
A clone of Strong Malware Defender, Home Malware Cleaner is a typical rogue anti-virus program which is camouflaged like real security software via an official-looking interface. Once it infects your computer, it pretends to perform a system scan, after which it starts displaying numerous alert messages about your system being infected.
Such messages could be:
Warning! Virus detected
Threat Detected: Trojan-Spy.HTML.Sunfraud.a
→Warning! Identity theft attempt detected
Hidden connection IP: 188.8.131.52
Target: Microsoft Corporation keys
→Security Center Alert
To help protect your computer, Security Center has blocked some features of this program.
The program, however, has no capability of detecting any malicious activity or component in your system whatsoever.
How Do You Know If Home Malware Cleaner Has Infected Your PC?
Although Home Malware Cleaner is hard to detect, there are still several symptoms that disclose its presence. Once in your system, it will:
- Attempt to alter your PC’s desktop
- Hijack your default browser
- Monitor your browsing habits
- Make changes to your files
How Does Home Malware Cleaner Enter Your PC?
The most popular method of Home Malware Cleaner infiltrating your system is via bundling. That means that the rogue anti-virus program is unnoticeably attached to freeware you download from the Web. If you remember to disallow any “recommended” or settings during the installation process and choose the “advanced” or “custom” options instead, you are likely to save your system from this malware. Users, however, rarely pay attention to such details, and most of them are likely to miss changing that option.
Another method of Home Malware Cleaner entering your PC is by tricking you into clicking on pop-up ads that won’t close regardless of whether you choose “Yes”, “No” or “Close.” And, that is how the downloading process begins.
What Should I Do If My PC Is Infected Already?
Remove it. It’s clear by now that this program is not capable of detecting a virus on your computer regardless of whether you pay for the full version of it or not.
So, if you don’t know how to remove Home Malware Cleaner, you can either follow the manual instructions below or find a legitimate anti-malware program to clean your system for you.
Spy Hunter FREE scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the malware tool.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Home Malware Cleaner from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Home Malware Cleaner from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Home Malware Cleaner from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Home Malware Cleaner from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Home Malware Cleaner from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Home Malware Cleaner from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Home Malware Cleaner from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Home Malware Cleaner from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Home Malware Cleaner
Step 2: Uninstall Home Malware Cleaner and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Home Malware Cleaner on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Home Malware Cleaner there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Home Malware Cleaner from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Home Malware Cleaner and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Home Malware Cleaner via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Home Malware Cleaner files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Home Malware Cleaner, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Home Malware Cleaner from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Home Malware Cleaner from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Home Malware Cleaner from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Home Malware Cleaner from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Home Malware Cleaner will be removed.
Eliminate Home Malware Cleaner from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.