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Picexa Removal Manual

NamePicexa
TypePUP, PUA
Short DescriptionThe application may appear useful because of its multiple image formats support, but it has dubious information sharing policies.
SymptomsInformation on the PC is aggregated, affiliate/ third-party ads may be generated in the browser.
Distribution MethodFrom its official website, possibly from freeware pages/installers.
Detection toolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Picexa

picexa viewer

According to research, Picexa is considered a potentially unwanted program. Picexa is designed to support 67 image formats, including specialized formats such as PSD and RAW. The application is developed by Mu Chih Ching Technology Limited – a company based in Taiwan and known for the Omiga Plus unwanted software.

picexa malware object detected

Picexa may not be malicious but most users decide to uninstall it only after a short period of time. Furthermore, an AV program may block the software and flag it as potentially unwanted (PUP.Picexa or PUA.Picexa) or suspicious.

Picexa Distribution Method

The application is available for download on its official website and can be downloaded from there. It may also be promoted on various freeware/ shareware pages. Picexa may have been included in freeware installers as a ‘recommended’ download, as well. The latter is often applied with products developed by the same software provider, or with affiliate products.

Picexa Risk Evaluation

The application is not malicious. However, because of its data collection and sharing policy, it may cause privacy-related issues.

This is a part of the application’s Privacy Policy as of September 28, 2015:

→We collect other information when you utilize our service, including your computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, operating system type or version, and other identifiers by using cookies. We use this information to monitor and analyze use of the application and for technical administration, to increase its functionality and user-friendliness, and to better tailor it to our visitors’ needs. For example, some of this information is collected so that when you use the application, it will recognize you and serve related content, advertisements and other information to you appropriate to your interests. We also use this information to localize your usage of the Services and make appropriate adaptations on country by country basis. We do not treat Non-Identifying Information as Personal Information or use it in association with other Personal Information, though we may aggregate, analyze and evaluate such information as described in this Privacy Policy. Certain Non-Identifying Information may also be gathered for advertising targeting within the website or software and it may be sold to third-parties.

As seen above, certain user information may be gathered for advertising purposes. Not only the information is aggregated for marketing reasons but it can also be sold to third parties for reasons not specified in the Privacy Policy.

These are not the only risks caused by the application’s usage. Have a look at the screenshots to learn more about Mu Chih Ching Technology Limited’s information sharing policy:

picexa information sharing
(Click om the image to view it full-size)

To avoid being exposed to third parties interests and campaigns, uninstalling the application is recommended.

Picexa Uninstallation Options

As already mentioned in the article, Picexa is not a virus and may even appear useful to many users who work with various image formats. However, its third party policy, information gathering and affiliate advertising may put the system at risk. That is why it may be safer to uninstall the software.

In addition, you can scan your system to find out if any other unwanted software has been installed.

Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Picexa 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. To do that:

  • Hold the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear (fig.1).
  • uninstall-virus-fig1

  • In the field type in “appwiz.cpl” and press ENTER (fig.2).
  • uninstall-virus-fig2

  • This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC.
    Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
  • uninstall-virus-fig3

    Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Picexa.

    Step 2: Remove Picexa from your browser

    Remove a toolbar from Mozilla FirefoxRemove a toolbar from Google Chrome Remove a toolbar from Internet Explorer Remove a toolbar from Safari
    Start Mozilla Firefox Open the menu window

    uninstall-fig4

    Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu

    uninstall-fig5

    Select Picexa and click “Remove

    uninstall-fig6

    After Picexa is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Google Chrome and Open the drop menu

    uninstall-fig7

  • Move the cursor over “Tools” and then from the extended menu choose “Extensions
  • uninstall-fig8

  • From the opened “Extensions” menu locate Picexa and click on the garbage bin icon on the right of it.
  • uninstall-fig9

  • After Picexa is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
  • Start Internet Explorer:

  • Click “‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and select ‘Manage Add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig10

  • In the ‘Manage Add-ons’ window, make sure that in the first window ‘Add-on Types’, the drop menu ‘Show’ is on ‘All add-ons’
  • uninstall-fig11

    Select Picexa 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’.

    uninstall-fig12

    After Picexa has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.

    Start Safari

    Open the drop menu by clicking on the sprocket icon in the top right corner.
    uninstall-fig13

    From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
    In the new window select ‘Extensions’
    Click once on Picexa
    Click ‘Uninstall’

    uninstall-fig14

    A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Picexa. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Picexa will be removed.

    Step 3: Remove Picexa 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 Picexa associated objects.

    NOTE! Substantial notification about the Picexa threat: Manual removal of Picexa requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.

    Milena Dimitrova

    An inspired writer, focused on user privacy and malicious software. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’.

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