|Short Description||The application may appear useful because of its multiple image formats support, but it has dubious information sharing policies.|
|Symptoms||Information on the PC is aggregated, affiliate/ third-party ads may be generated in the browser.|
|Distribution Method||From its official website, possibly from freeware pages/installers.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Picexa|
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 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.
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:
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.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Picexa.
Step 2: Remove Picexa from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Picexa and click “Remove”
After Picexa is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
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’.
After Picexa 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 Picexa
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.