How to delete Microsoft

What is Microsoft

Microsoft Cleanup, also known as Microsoft Cleaner, is advertised as a software that is supposed to help its users get rid of junk data, enhance system memory, get rid of unwanted registry items and optimize the registry in general and improve your browsing speed. It promises a lot of features, however, in reality, it functions as a typical Trojan.Clicker. This particular term implies a utility developed by online criminals for the purposes of click fraud. Microsoft Cleaner, in spite of its name, has nothing to do with Microsoft company. It can be downloaded via its official page. Nevertheless, simply this fact doesn’t yet mean that Microsoft Cleaner is a legitimate utility. Once installed, Microsoft Cleaner can be identified by its special process active in Task Manager named “MicrosoftCleanupâ€. There is a high probability that the abilities of Microsoft Cleaner to optimize your system are considerably overestimated by its developers. Most likely it is yet another tool that is fairly considered as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and should be immediately removed.

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Microsoft Cleaner looks pretty similar to Registry Doctor, another application involved in click fraud. We discussed it in one of our previous articles, whereas the behavior of these two programs has a lot of things in common. Malicious component of these programs, i.e. Trojan.Clicker part is masked under its so-called optimization features, which are absolutely primitive.

Is Microsoft Cleaner helpful

Unfortunately, there is no any good feature of Microsoft Cleaner that would be the reason to keep it within your system. The program is a totally fake system optimization software. It only claims to be able to fix computer issues, however, the problems it reports are invented. Whenever your system is attacked or infected by viruses, ransomware or other serious threats, Microsoft Cleaner will neither protect the computer nor remove them. The main mission of Microsoft Cleaner is to perform its illegal activities related to click fraud. There are cases when Microsoft Cleaner can be used for interconnecting the computer with other PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). It may cause browser redirections to the random website of an extremely bad reputation, such as the ones associated with stealing your personal or financial information. No matter how good Microsoft Cleaner is described by its developers, its missions within your system are absolutely hazardous.

Speaking of click fraud function integrated into Microsoft Cleaner, it is used to increase the ad revenue by permanently clicking on certain advertisement banners in order to generate revenue by making the aforesaid fake clicks on ads. This, in fact, drains revenue from the advertisers. Click fraud is a totally illegal work peculiar to many PPC (pay-per-click) advertisement networks.

It is absolutely certain that Microsoft Cleaner is not what it claims to be. It is a fake system optimization utility that instead slows down your computer and does not fix real problems. The worst part of the story about Microsoft Cleaner is that it perform click frauds activities, which are absolutely illegal. For this reason, the program must be immediately deleted from your computer.

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How to remove Microsoft Cleaner

Microsoft Cleaner, once installed, provides users with a direct way to remove it easily. It will be specified in the list of installed programs. You need to access the Control Panel and go to the list of available applications. Locate Microsoft Cleaner and uninstall it right away. Note that sometimes it might be first necessary to end the task of MicrosoftCleanup through the Task Manager before uninstalling Microsoft Cleaner manually.

Considering the fact that your computer was used for click fraud purposes by Microsoft Cleaner, it is definitely very important that you additionally scan your system with reliable anti-malware software to be persuaded that your computer is free of other malicious components that could still remain in a secret form. We recommend that you refer to the help of Anti-Malware Tool or Anti-Malware Tool anti-malware software mentioned in the tutorial below.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to Microsoft. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove Microsoft Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for Microsoft or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall Microsoft Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for Microsoft or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete Microsoft Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for Microsoft or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If Microsoft.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove Microsoft Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for Microsoft or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that Microsoft is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the Microsoft program.
  7. Select Microsoft or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from Microsoft

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete Microsoft

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect Microsoft, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find Microsoft in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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