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Slimcleaner Plus – What Is It + How to Remove It

This article has been created in order to show you how to fully remove the rogue program, called Slimcleaner Plus from your computer.

Slimcleaner Plus is a program which pretends to be a PC optimization software, believed to help with speeding up Microsoft Windows and securing it from viruses. In reality however, the Slimcleaner Plus software’s only purpose may be to trick it’s users into purchasing it’s licensed version and instead of optimizing the computer, the program may conduct fake detection of malware and other unwanted software, so that it convinces users to purchase it’s licensed version, which is rather expensive. If you have Slimcleaner Plus installed on your computer and you wish to remove this suspicious software, recommendations are to read the article below.

Subnote: This post was originally created in November 2017, but we gave it an update in September 2019.

Threat Summary

Name Slimcleaner Plus
Type Potentially Unwanted Program/Rogue Antivirus Software
Short Description Slimcleaner Plus may pretend to scan your computer for malware, but instead display a fake detection of viruses and system errors and ask you for purchasing it’s licensed version in order to remove them.
Symptoms Slow computer performance, the program automatically runs scans. Hard to close as it is running as an active process after you think you have closed it.
Distribution Method Via bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.
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Slimcleaner Plus – Update September 2019

Slimcleaner Plus has apparently kept spreading and the app may be advertised on web pages that ask you to download it under the pretext that your computer has been compromised by a dangeorus virus. The most recent user interface of SlimCleaner Plus may appear like the following:

Slimcleaner Plus – Distribution Methods

In order to be installed on your computer Slimcleaner Plus may come in a variety of tricky methods. The main of those is via bundled third-party programs, which conceal the unwanted program in their installers and install it alongside their setups. Such installers may be of any third-party program, especially if it has been downloaded from a suspicious third-party software providing site. A bundled program, like Slimcleaner Plus is often concealed in one of the installation steps of either the “Custom” or “Advanced” installers and it may appear like the following:

In addition to via bundling, the software may also come on your computer as a result of having other adware or unwanted programs that were previously installed on your machine.

Slimcleaner Plus – More Information

After installing itself on your computer, Slimcleaner Plus may situate various different types of program files and perform the following activities:

  • Drop files in system directories of Windows.
  • Create scheduled tasks in Windows task manager.
  • Run automatic scans of your computer which may display non-existent detection.

In addition to it’s activities, the Slimcleaner Plus software also runs a process with unknown purpose in the background of your system, even after you close the program from Windows Start Menu tray:

In addition to this, the program may run fake scans on your computer system with the one and only purpose of displaying a lot of detentions which may or may not be real:

This eventually may result in inexperienced users believing that those detections are real and deciding to remove them. However when they try to remove them with Slimcleaner Plus, the software wants users to purchase it’s full version. What is scary about this is that the user’s computer may be completely clear and he or she might be deceived into thinking that the PC is infected with malware. In other words, the program may solve issues on your computer which are supposedly made up by it, making Slimcleaner Plus a hoax antivirus software and like many others out there, it should be immediately removed.

In addition to this, since it may be hoax software, Slimcleaner Plus may also be negative in other aspects for your computer, such as:

  • Bring other adware and unwanted programs without your consent.
  • Slow down your computer by running active processes in the background.
  • Collect various information, like credit card numbers, etc.

How to Remove Slimcleaner Plus

In case you feel convinced that you do not find Slimcleaner Plus useful on your computer and have decided to remove this potentially unwanted program, feel free to follow the removal instructions below only after stopping the processes of Slimcleaner Plus from your Windows Task Manager. For maximum effectiveness during the removal, be advised that experts recommend to use an advanced anti-malware software which will not only detect all of the changes Slimcleaner Plus has made on your computer and revert them but also remove this software completely and protect your computer against intrusive software and malware.

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How to Remove Slimcleaner Plus from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Slimcleaner Plus

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Slimcleaner Plus 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Slimcleaner Plus on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Slimcleaner Plus 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.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Slimcleaner Plus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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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.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Slimcleaner Plus from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Slimcleaner Plus and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


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 Slimcleaner Plus:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


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 Slimcleaner Plus. 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 Slimcleaner Plus. 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 Slimcleaner Plus 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

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 Slimcleaner Plus. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

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.



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Remove Slimcleaner Plus 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.


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Erase Slimcleaner Plus 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.



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Uninstall Slimcleaner Plus 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.



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Remove Slimcleaner Plus 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".

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Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Slimcleaner Plus will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Slimcleaner Plus 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.


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