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Win PC Repair 2018 “Virus” (Fake Cleaner) – How to Remove It

This article has been created in order to help explain what is the Win PC Repair 2018 software and how you can remove this program completely from your computer.

A new fraudulent antivirus program, going by the name ofWin PC Repair 2018 has been detected by security researchers to pretend to detect malware and threats on the computers it has been installed on after which, the software may ask victims to purchase it’s licensed version to remove the issues which may not even exist. This is the main reason why it is strongly advisable to remove Win PC Repair from your computer in case you detect it. If you want to remove Win PC Repair from your computer, we advise that you read this article completely.

Threat Summary

Name Win PC Repair 2018
Type Hoax Antivirus Software
Short Description Aims to display hoax detections of viruses with the main purpose to get victims to buy the full version of the software.
Symptoms May run automatically on system start and may run scans by itself. May detect legitimate files as viruses.
Distribution Method Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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Win PC Repair 2018 – Distribution

The main method via which the Win PC Repair 2018 could sread onto the computers of victims is believed to be web pages which claim that your computer is at risk. We have encountered a lot of these pages over time with the most popular remaining to the the “Windows Is Damaged” type of messages that claim the computer has been infected by viruses. These messages can also be seen on Android devices and MacBooks as well. They look like the following and ask victims to download anti-malware software in order to fix problems with their computers:

Such pop-ups are often caused by two main reasons:

  • Having a potentially unwanted program installed directly on your computer system.
  • Visiting a website that causes a redirect (low-reputation sites).

Besides via such false accusation pop-ups, the Win PC Repair 2018 hoax antivirus software may also come embedded within the setups of third-party programs, which is also known as bundling. These free programs may be uploaded on software download sites with their setups already modified to include an installation step which asks you if you want to add the Win PC Repair software for free as extra. But these installation steps are hard to detect since they are mainly concealed in the advanced or custom installation modes.

Win PC Repair 2018 – What Does It Do

Once it is installed on your computer Win PC Repair 2018 may run automatically and start to display scan results as well. The program by default looks like the following:

The software may display fake scans of types of files that accoridng to researchers are completely legitimate, like Windows Registry Entries that belong to Microsoft Office or other legitimate files and objects, which are often flag as risky by Win PC Repair. This problem is that there is no proof that there is performance improvement after you actually use this software to remove registry flaws.

In addition to this, several anti-malware software detect this program as a hoax software, meaning that it only pretends to assist you, but in fact it’s end goal may be to just purchase it’s licensed version. And to top this up, the creators of the program have also added the phone number (855)-332-0124 in order to call a toll free support number, which may further result in the supposed scammers to get you to make a payment. And this is not all! When we ivestigated the number 855-332-0124, we have established that victims have reported several scam attempts that aimed to charge them hundreds of dollars to fix their problems as reported in the website 800notes. Here are some of the reports related to the number:

Billie B
A message appeared on my computer from this company saying they would fix my problems with the computer being locked. I agreed, they did the “fix” but wanted to charge me $300-$500 for continued service. I would call this a ransom!
Caller: Microsoft Technologies

Billie B
A message appeared on my computer from this company saying they would fix my problems with the computer being locked. I agreed, they did the “fix” but wanted to charge me $300-$500 for continued service. I would call this a ransom!
Caller: Microsoft Technologies

Ralph
This number appears on CC Cleaner, NOT to be confused with CCleaner! After trying to update CCleaner, the web page went through 4 iterations and downloaded what appeared a similar program that I now deleted because of being HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS of the bait and switch tactic. The latest version of CCleaner was supposed to be 5.30… NOT 1.0.0!. It appears that Piriform has been hacked and diverted. A “Driver Update” also appeared shortly after this false download.

The number has also been associated with multiple different typs of scams associated with the crooks calling the victims directly on their phones without even having the software.

And not only this, but we have also checked up on reports that were claiming this software is extremely suspicious and cannot be removed as easily as it looks, becaue it may reinstall itself or embed files that act as tripwires. This means that as soon as you remove it, you may experience malfunction of your computer, like the Windows Media Center virus, which happened to one computer we tested, associated with such program. This is the main reason why it is important to be very careful and back up all of the important files on your computer before removing this program.

Remove Win PC Repair 2018 from Your Computer

In order to remove this potentially unwanted software from your PC, we recommend that you read the removal article underneath. It has been designed to explain to you how you can delete the files, associated with Win PC Repair 2018 either manually or automatically from your system. If manual removal seems to be a problem or you feel unsure, security researchers strongly advise to remove this malware automatically, preferrably by downloading an advanced anti-malware software. It will make sure to automatically remove the Win PC Repair 2018 software in a safe manner and will also stop such unwanted software from intruding your PC in the future.

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How to Remove Win PC Repair 2018 from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Win PC Repair 2018

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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 Win PC Repair 2018 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 Win PC Repair 2018 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 Win PC Repair 2018 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 Win PC Repair 2018 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.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


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

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


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.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

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


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Get rid of Win PC Repair 2018 from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Win PC Repair 2018 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 Win PC Repair 2018:

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 Win PC Repair 2018. 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 Win PC Repair 2018. 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 Win PC Repair 2018 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 Win PC Repair 2018. 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 Win PC Repair 2018 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 Win PC Repair 2018 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 Win PC Repair 2018 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 Win PC Repair 2018 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".

stf-safari preferences


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

stf-safari-extensions


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


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Win PC Repair 2018 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 Win PC Repair 2018 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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