PC Optimizer Pro is promoted as a registry cleaner and optimization tool, but it is, in fact, a rogue system optimizer. PC Optimizer Pro can be downloaded online, but it is often promoted via bundled downloads of freeware and shareware. PC Optimizer Pro will first perform a full PC scan on the infected computer and then display various pop-up notifications and security risk alerts. In order to fix those issues, the user is asked to purchase the full version of the software. As the notifications PC Optimizer Pro displays doubtfully contain any true information, the users are not advised to purchase the product.
What Does PC Optimizer Pro Do?
The rogue program uses many tactics to enter the user’s PC. It is often delivered via bundled downloads or with the help of other fake online malware scanners or browser hijackers. Once in the system, PC Optimizer Pro performs a full system scan and displays numerous alerts about non-existing security issues.
Here is an example of such a warning:
→“Attention! Suspicious software activity is detected by PC Optimizer Pro on your computer. Please start system files scanning for details.”
Using scare tactics to lure users into buying the licensed version of the product is a common strategy among creators of rogue programs. PC Optimizer Pro even reports about infections in some of the essential Windows files, without which the system becomes unstable. The notifications and alerts should not be trusted, and users are urged to remove this rogue system optimizer immediately.
It is also possible that PC Optimizer Pro blocks other applications on the compromised computer and reports them as infected. Experts warn that PC Optimizer Pro may also alter the settings of the current browser or block access to legitimate anti-virus programs.
How to Remove PC Optimizer Pro from the User’s Computer?
Getting rid of a rogue program from your computer can be a tricky task, so a manual approach is not recommended to the average user. Relying on a reputable anti-malware tool for a system scan and complete removal of the malicious files is what the security specialists recommend.
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 PC Optimizer Pro from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of PC Optimizer Pro from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove PC Optimizer Pro from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase PC Optimizer Pro from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall PC Optimizer Pro from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove PC Optimizer Pro from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate PC Optimizer Pro from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove PC Optimizer Pro from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PC Optimizer Pro
Step 2: Uninstall PC Optimizer 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 Optimizer 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 Optimizer Pro there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of PC Optimizer Pro from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall PC Optimizer 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 Optimizer 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 Optimizer 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 Optimizer 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 Optimizer 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 Optimizer 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 Optimizer Pro will be removed.
Eliminate PC Optimizer 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.