This article has been created to give you insight on what is the Win Tonic PUP and how you can remove it from your computer effectively and permanently.
A new potentially unwanted software going by the name Win Tonic has been detected by Symantec researchers. The Win Tonic PUP is the type of software which is created to help optiminze computers and make them faster. The program claims to detect and remove invalid registry entries, malware and also junk files, calling them potentially unwanted items. However, what may be potentially unwanted is the Win Tonic program itself, primarily because researchers believe that the detections it displays may be various different types of objects on the computer which may be completely legitimate. This may be done with the purpose to get you to purchase the full version of Win Tonic software.
|Type||Hoax PC Scanner|
|Short Description||May display fake detections of malware and PC errors to get users t pay for a full version of the program.|
|Symptoms||Your PC may expeirence slow-downs and the program may start automatically and show errors on each scan.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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WinTonic – Spread
In order to be replicated on the victims’ computers, the Win Tonic software may either be added in the installers of other programs as a part of a bundling affiliate program or it can be downloaded from a misleading web page.
If WinTonic is added as a result of software bundling, the program may be added in one of the installation steps of the setup of any free software you may have downloaded. The software may be presented as a free extra on those setup wizards and you can easily miss it, since such programs are often hidden in the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation modes of the setups.
Another way of you downloading Win Tonic on your computer is if you have visited it’s official website, where the program is advertised as a legitimate tool used to get users to download and fix their computers. The website even says that the product is Norton approved, which is not exactly correct, since Norton detects this software as a PUA.
Win Tonic – More Information
Once Win Tonic is installed on your computer, the program may drop it’s program files, which have been detected by the researchers to be with the following locations, with the following names and types:
%UserProfile%\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Win Tonic
%UserProfile%\All Users\pctonics.com\Win Tonic
In addition to this, the Win Tonic software is also attacking the Windows Registry Editor, because the program modifies a vast number of registry sub-keys in which it changes values of registry entires and also adds new ones:
→ HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\%AllUsersProfile%\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Win Tonic\”Buy Win Tonic.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Win Tonic\”Buy Win Tonic.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\%AllUsersProfile%\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Win Tonic\”Win Tonic.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage\NewShortcuts\C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Win Tonic\”Win Tonic.lnk” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”utm_campaign” = “wnspdutlads”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”utm_source” = “wnspdutlads”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”pxl” = “WNS3461_WNS3389_RUNT”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”utm_pubid” = “XXXYYY”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”utm_medium” = “”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”x-at” = “XXXYYY”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”x-context” = “6c37b8f0-774a-11e8-b413-8faecea024a5″
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”x-plt” = “”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”x-var1″ = “”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”lpid” = “”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”btnid” = “”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”x-var2″ = “”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”x-var3″ = “”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”referurl” = “”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”showpriceplan” = “3”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”shwtutrl” = “0”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”ppid” = “3F”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”x-ip” = “125_18_48_78″
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”x-datetime” = “07-26-2018 10:15:27 AM”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”x-fetch” = “1”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”InstallString” = “%ProgramFiles%\Win Tonic”
HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-156198121-423029172-7828763-500\Software\pctonics.com\Win Tonic\”LangCode” = “en”
The program then schedules a hidden type of task which cannot be easily found and deleted. The program’s main idea is to start scanning your computer and detect the following “dangerous items”:
- Junk and privacy issues.
- Invalid registry objects.
- Web protection level.
The program may scan your computer and then display a screen claiming that there are a number of items that are potentially unwanted on your computer:
The program even goes as far as to display pop-ups on the bottom right sreen of your computer above the clock:
The program’s main purpose is to get you to fix your issues, believing they are serious and pay the licensed version, but the problem seems to be that those issues may not be real and the program might be misleading you in a way just to get you to sign up and pay.
Remove Win Tonic from Your Computer
If you want Win Tonic removed from your computer, we recommend that you follow the removal instructions underneatht his article. They have been created with the sole purpose of getting you to remove Win Tonic either manually or automatically. But since some objects and tasks created by Win Tonic cannot be removed so easily, experts recommend that you use an advanced anti-malware program for the removal process. It’s main goal is to get you to get rid of Win Tonic from your computer automatically and in the same time protect your computer from intrusive programs, like Win Tonic in the future as well.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Win Tonic from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Win Tonic on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Win Tonic in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Win Tonic from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Win Tonic from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Win Tonic from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Win Tonic from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Win Tonic Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Win Tonic from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Win Tonic
Step 2: Uninstall Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Win Tonic from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Win Tonic 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:
- 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 Tonic 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:
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 Win Tonic files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Win Tonic, 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.
Remove Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic will be removed.
Eliminate Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic 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".