PC Clean Pro Does Not Clean Your PC
PC Clean Pro is a rogue defragmenter pretending to scan your computer, find problems and promise to clean them after you purchase its full version.
How Does PC Clean Pro Work?
PC Clean Pro can be easily mistaken for the legitimate PC optimization tool PC Cleaner Pro, except PC Clean Pro can’t clean your PC at all.
Once it enters your system, the rogue defragmenter will pretend to perform a system scan. After that, it will display alert messages saying that it has found severe problems, and it will offer to clean your computer by optimizing your registry and defragmenting your hard drives.
In order to complete the cleanup, however, the rogue program will require you to purchase its full version. And, many users fall for that because the alert messages PC Clean Pro displays use alarming language in order to scare the users into buying the full version.
Once you purchase the “full” version, however, PC Clean Pro will remain on your computer, and your fake system problems will not be fixed because they have never been there on the first place.
What’s even more disturbing about PC Clean Pro is that it has the capability of changing your default browser settings and home page and redirecting you to infected websites. It could also spam you with loads of pop-up ads that, when clicked, could also take you to potentially corrupted websites.
How Does PC Clean Pro Enter Your Computer?
Malware experts say PC Clean Pro infects your system via other malicious software such as Trojans and worms like Vundo, Zlob, Trojan.Refpron, Worm.Koobface and Worm.Autoit without your knowledge.
Considering that PC Clean Pro cannot enter your system without the help of other malware, the presence of PC Clean Pro on your PC means that you have been infected by other viruses too. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you pay close attention to what you download from the Web and what you agree to during the installation process of any freeware.
Should You Remove PC Clean Pro from Your PC?
A typical alert message by PC Clean Pro looks like this:
“PC Clean Pro has detected 487 unwanted and compromising items on your computer. These items are very likely to jeopardize your privacy. You must clean your PC now.”
If you have it on your screen, simply ignore it. The best strategy in this case is to find a legitimate anti-spyware tool which will perform a real system scam and will truly clean your PC from this rogue anti-spyware and the other possible malware you probably have on your PC.
If you feel confident to remove the fake PC optimization tool, simply follow the instructions below.
- Guide 1: How to Remove PC Clean Pro from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of PC Clean Pro from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove PC Clean Pro from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase PC Clean Pro from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall PC Clean Pro from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove PC Clean Pro from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate PC Clean Pro from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove PC Clean Pro from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PC Clean Pro
Step 2: Uninstall PC Clean Pro 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 PC Clean Pro 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 PC Clean Pro there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of PC Clean Pro from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall PC Clean Pro 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 PC Clean Pro 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove PC Clean Pro 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 PC Clean Pro 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 PC Clean Pro 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 PC Clean Pro 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 PC Clean Pro will be removed.
Eliminate PC Clean Pro 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.