What Is Power-Cleaner?
Power-Cleaner is a browser hijacking extension designed to push its hoax search engine. The program could be added to your web browser without your permission which makes it potentially unwanted software. It can modify web browser settings heavily by changing the default search engine, homepage and new tab page. The newly set search engine can be flooded with lots of advertisements that replace the regular search results. The tricky part with these adverts is their doubtful origin. They can be part of shady advertising networks that aim to generate revenue for fraudsters. The ads can also support the spread of malicious software. A single click on the wrong ad can endanger the overall system security.
Read this article in order to understand how you can remove the Power-Cleaner hijacker completely from your web browser and your computer system.
|Type||Browser Hijacker, PUP|
|Short Description||Aims to modify the settings on your web browser in order to show a hoax search engine and display different adverts.|
|Symptoms||Your web browser begins to display various types of online advertisements – an issue that leads to diminished computer performance.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled applications. Landing pages which advertise it as useful tool.|
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Power-Cleaner Redirect – How Did I Get It?
Just like other browser hijackers – Search-Guard, Real Dark and Myzen Tab, the Power-Cleaner could end up on your computer by the use of a few methods designed to install potentially unwanted applications without showing any information or notifications. The installation files of PUPs may be hidden in the installers of some supposedly useful apps or uploaded to bogus sites that present misleading information.
Here are the two main methods used for the distribution of hijackers like Power-Cleaner:
- Low-quality sites advertising the PUP via pop-ups and misleading messages.
- Freeware apps and potentially undesired apps that pretend to be legitimate and useful.
Power-Cleaner – What Does It Do?
Power-Cleaner is programmed to modify the main settings of popular web browsers in order that it can show a questionable search engine. When this program ends up on a computer system, it may obtain access to the Registry Editor and add values under registry keys responsible for the work of installed web browsers.
Main browsing preferences may also be affected by the hijacker. Affected web browsers may present you with a new homepage, a new destination in the newly opened tabs and a hoax search engine.
Data trackers may also be placed on the system to harvest data about your online activities. Below you can see how cookies can appear in an affected web browser:
Power-Cleaner software may also be causing lots of different online advertisements in order to make profit. The following types of ads can flood the browser:
- Banner ads.
- Pop-up ads.
- Redirect adverts.
- Push notification pop-ups.
- Ad-supported results when you search something.
- Text ads, highlighted on the sites you visit.
Power-Cleaner – Is It a Virus?
The Power-Cleaner browser hijacker can be defined as a potentially unwanted program. It is not malicious. But the advertisements generated by the Power-Cleaner hijacker may endanger the overall PC security. Considering their main goal to generate profit for fraudsters, these ads may expose your browsing to risky sites that host online scams, phishing pages and rogue apps.
All the reasons we mentioned explain why this hijacker is indirectly risky for your device. Check out how to get rid of it in the next paragraph.
How to Remove Power-Cleaner?
In order to remove Power-Cleaner, we would strongly recommend that you follow the removal instructions that have been posted underneath this article. They have been created with the main purpose to help you get rid of the software from your browsers and your computer. For the most effective removal, security professionals do advise that users use anti-malware software. Such a program is designed to effectively scan your computer system and get rid of any malicious software automatically.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Power-Cleaner from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Power-Cleaner on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Power-Cleaner in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Power-Cleaner from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Power-Cleaner from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Power-Cleaner from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Power-Cleaner from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Power-Cleaner Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
About the Power-Cleaner Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this Power-Cleaner how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.
How did we conduct the research on Power-Cleaner?
Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the Power-Cleaner threat is backed with VirusTotal https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload.
To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.
1.Browser Redirect – What Is It?
2.Adware Is Malicious, and It Uses Advanced Techniques to Infect
3.The Thin Red Line Between Potentially Unwanted Programs and Malware
4.The Pay-Per-Install Affiliate Business – Making Millions out of Adware
5.Malicious Firefox Extensions Installed by 455,000 Users Blocked Updates
How to Remove Power-Cleaner from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Power-Cleaner
Step 2: Uninstall Power-Cleaner 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 Power-Cleaner 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 Power-Cleaner there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.
2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.
3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Step 4: Scan for Power-Cleaner with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.
2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.
3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.
4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.
Video Removal Guide for Power-Cleaner (Windows).
Get rid of Power-Cleaner from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Power-Cleaner 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:
2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:
3.In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Power-Cleaner:
4.Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.
5.In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Power-Cleaner. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.
6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference.
Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Power-Cleaner. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.
7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:
- 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 Power-Cleaner 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:
1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:
2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:
3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Power-Cleaner. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.
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 Power-Cleaner files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Power-Cleaner, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Video Removal Guide for Power-Cleaner (Mac)
Remove Power-Cleaner 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 Power-Cleaner 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 Power-Cleaner 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 Power-Cleaner 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 Power-Cleaner will be removed.
Eliminate Power-Cleaner 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.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Power-Cleaner from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings.
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".
What is Power-Cleaner?
The Power-Cleaner threat is adware or browser redirect virus. It may slow your computer down siginficantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.
What are the symptoms of Power-Cleaner?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and has poor performance in general.
Symtpom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts reccomend that you check your computer for viruses.
What types of Unwanted Programs are there?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Browser hijackers.
- Fake optimizers.
What to do if I have a "virus" like Power-Cleaner?
Do not panic! You can easily get rid of most adware or unwanted program threats by firstly isolating them and then removing them from your browser and computer. One reccomended way to do that is by using a reputable malware removal software that can take care of the removal automatically for you. There are many anti-malware apps out there that you can choose from. SpyHunter is one of the reccomended anti-malware apps, that can scan your computer for free and detect any viruses, tracking cookies and unwanted adware apps and eliminate them quickly. This saves time when compared to doing the removal manually.
How to secure my passwords and other data from Power-Cleaner?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your e-mail passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activiites with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these reccomendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
More tips you can find on our website, where you can also ask any questions and comment underneath the articles about your computer problems. We will try to respond as fast as possible.