Remove PC Regcleaners

What is PC Regcleaners

PC Regcleaners is another malicious program posing as a registry cleaner. System optimizer has become a dirty term for a reason: there are so many optimizers that are malware or PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) that not surprising at all that PC Regcleaners has turned out to be a virus.

Versions of PC Regcleaners have been bothering people for a few years now by refusing to be uninstalled, crashing the whole system, and breaking the settings by messing with the registry. The newest PC Regcleaners incarnation is a Trojan that uses the infected computers to perform ad fraud.

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How PC Regcleaners spreads

First, programs like PC Regcleaners, Tweakerbit, OneSafe PC Cleaner, and PC Registry Shield pretend to be legitimate optimizer tools and are distributed by some websites that host free software. Some software download sites do not have very high standards for what they distribute. False advertising helps spread this Trojan wider, too. If you installed PC Regcleaners, you might have done it because of their slick, professional-looking website that boasts about enhancing system performance, boosting memory, cleaning junk, boosting the browser, and scheduling scans — if these functions exist, then they’re only available if you buy a paid version, not the one that you actually download.

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Adware can be used to recommend PC Regcleaners, too. A lot of PUPs use illegitimate advertising networks to spread to (infect) more computers. Adware can open pop-up windows that prompt you to download PC Regcleaners or any other software, and these pop-ups sometimes have no obvious way to dismiss them, making people feel like they have no choice but to install the malware. And then, if you’re disappointed by how useless PC Regcleaners is, you uninstall it, it might not go away peacefully — I had to uninstall it twice — and this indicates a more serious virus being present on your system.

What it does

PC Regcleaners claimed to be able to boost a computer’s performance with half a dozen different functions, yet, none of them are available when using the app. And I’m not saying that any of these advertised features would have been useful or legitimate. PC Regcleaners essentially claims to speed up your PC by deleting temporary and junk files, which can be done without any third-party software, as Windows has already developed tools for that — Storage sense and Disk Cleanup. Once you start PC Regcleaners, after clicking the “Scan†button the first time it doesn’t do anything other than have Windows ask you if you allow it to make changes to your computer. Oh, and a few epizyhost.exe processes start in the background, originating from the PC Regcleaners’ “background†folder.

PC Regcleaners is performing click fraud in the background while PC Regcleaners is scanning your registry. Clickers use the infected computer to stealthily click on ads online to cheat money out of advertisers. Advertising networks are constantly battling it, and fraudsters are constantly inventing new ways to cheat them. PC Regcleaners is using your computer’s resources to perform click fraud, which is why it’s classified as a Clicker, and the malicious software infiltrates a system secretly, without the user’s knowledge (you think you’re installing a system optimizer, but have no idea about the Clicker that comes with it), which is why PC Regcleaners is a Trojan.

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As more evidence of the maliciousness of PC Regcleaners, here are the VirusTotal scan results: they’re pretty bad for both the PC Regcleaners installation file and the epizyhost.exe file.

How to remove PC Regcleaners

Seeing as many antivirus programs recognize PC Regcleaners as a virus, an up-to-date security program would warn you to not install it. It’s a good idea to take these warnings seriously and check what they mean. You can remove PC Regcleaners manually, though it might not successfully uninstall at first, it’s just important to monitor the files and make sure to remove any leftovers. You could also use an antivirus program like Anti-Malware Tool or Anti-Malware Tool to look for PC Regcleaner files and other malware on your system. Some Trojans can be very well hidden and are tricky to remove, and if it was adware that caused you to install PC Regcleaners, it should be removed, too.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

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

Remove PC Regcleaners Extension from Google Chrome

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

Uninstall PC Regcleaners 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 PC Regcleaners or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete PC Regcleaners 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 PC Regcleaners or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If PC Regcleaners.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove PC Regcleaners 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 PC Regcleaners or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that PC Regcleaners 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 PC Regcleaners program.
  7. Select PC Regcleaners or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from PC Regcleaners

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 PC Regcleaners

  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 PC Regcleaners, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find PC Regcleaners 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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