|Name||Smart PC Cleaner|
|Type||Anti-malware technology, possible indication of malware.|
|Short Description||Smart PC Cleaner is designed to detect malware without it being included in any database. False positives are possible.|
|Symptoms||Flooding the user with ‘intrusion detected’ type of notifications.|
|Distribution Method||Via clicks on malicious sites or bundling.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Smart PC Cleaner|
Cyber-threat investigators report a fraudulent PC optimizing tool including a hard drive defragmenter, going by the name Smart PC Cleaner. This software claims to improve users’ computers by optimizing data and defragmenting their hard drives. But, according to experts from enigma the software is designed with the goal to generate income using its victims’ fear. This software is reported to display solely warning messages, instead of performing any actual optimization or file cleaning from the computer. This tool is said to exhibit a scareware-like behavior which aims to place fear into the user and trick him into purchasing a licensed version of the software.
How Did I Get Smart PC Cleaner In My PC?
Different methods exist which let this mysterious optimizer in your machine. There is the scenario that you may have clicked on an ad, claiming you have a virus or may have been redirected to a download page, allegedly related to www.smart-pc-cleaner.com which automatically initiated a download and install on your computer. You also may have downloaded a free program, like a media player, document converter, pdf reader, video downloader and others from an unfamiliar third-party site. Usually, such sites may include many apps, like Smart PC Cleaner, without any restrictions in the setup programs of the software they provide as a part of a marketing scheme to generate profits. It is an extremely useful tactic, and many report it to handle most unnoticed malware and non-malware ‘ninja’ installations on PCs.
Smart PC Cleaner – How Does It Work?
This program operates in an ingenious manner. Once installed on the computer, Smart PC Cleaner may begin to either display fake warning messages of outdated drivers or non-optimized objects in an intrusive way. Security researchers have established that this application may be a part of a malware attack on its own. This fraudulent bunch of code is believed to be a clone of similar software, called Virus Doctor. More to it than that, this application may slow computers down with fraudulent system scans or by running background processes.
Also, experts believe that this particular program may engage in actions that are connected with gaining various permissions on the user PC. Once it has such power over your machine, the program might disable your AV or add itself as a firewall exception. Either way, this rogue PC Optimizer tool is not to be trusted, malware researchers advise.
Removing Smart PC Cleaner
This particular program may modify certain settings or run background processes in the task manager that may prevent it from uninstalling because it may be actively running even when closed, and you cannot delete software while its running. First, it is a should to boot your computer in Safe Mode, and then open your Task Manager and close any suspicious processes, related to Smart PC Cleaner. Then a simple scan with an advanced malware protection program is all that you need for removing Smart PC Cleaner from your computer.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter