|Name||PC Maximum Cleaner|
|Short Description||Once installed, fake system alerts may be displayed.|
|Symptoms||Personal information may be collected from users.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware installers.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By PC Maximum Cleaner|
Rogue antivirus software called PC Maximum Cleaner is believed to display exaggerated system error detections to use fear in users to purchase licensed versions of the software. Security researchers identify PC Maximum Cleaner as an unwanted program and strongly advise for the removal of the software since it may be unhealthy for PC performance and several other reasons, including personal information aggregation.
PC Maximum Cleaner – How Did I Get It?
One way of installing this program is by downloading it from their website by clicking on an ad that advertises it or being redirected to its download page. It may also be bundled with free programs downloaded from third-party software providing sites. Some third-party websites may include applications such as PC Maximum Cleaner in the installers of the free programs they offer. This can be widely used torrent programs, media players, file converters and other useful applications. You may be able to identify the bundled program as a free ‘extra’ in the setup program.
More about PC Maximum Cleaner
Once on your computer and active, this application may run one or more processes in Windows Task Manager. Researchers claim it takes up unnecessary CPU power as well as it may insert several different entries in the Windows Registry Editor. What’s more, the app features a customer support number, the phone call rates of which are not evident. Also, the website of the program seems to advertise an entirely different name, called PC Windows Repair.
More so the developers of the software mention that they employ cookies and different tracking technologies and more importantly, that they collect personal user information upon payment and install:
PC Maximum Cleaner is a legitimate tool for detecting system errors. However, may be no guarantee that it fixes anything on the PC it has been installed on, and some users believe it displays exaggerated error messages.
When researched, it was established that the creators of the software use Amazon services to publish it for download (see the web link in the first screenshot). This is not typical for an error detecting tool since most tools have their servers who provide the download and don’t use services from other sites, like Amazon.
Removing PC Maximum Cleaner
In case, you feel like this application is unwanted on your computer you should act swiftly to remove it from it. To manually uninstall the application, refer to the removal manual below. Also, you should make sure you have advanced anti-malware program to protect your computer from unwanted programs as well as malware in the future.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall PC Maximum Cleaner in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall PC Maximum Cleaner.
Step 2: Remove PC Maximum Cleaner from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select PC Maximum Cleaner and click “Remove”
After PC Maximum Cleaner is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select PC Maximum Cleaner to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After PC Maximum Cleaner has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on PC Maximum Cleaner
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall PC Maximum Cleaner. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the PC Maximum Cleaner will be removed.
Step 3: Remove PC Maximum Cleaner automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all PC Maximum Cleaner associated objects.