Should I be concerned about Disk Cleaner virus?
Disk Cleaner is a product of SafeApp Software company, which is attached to and installs along with other free programs and for this reason, it is not uncommon for the users to refer to this program as a “Disk Cleaner virus”. The users may have their opinions, but technically it is not a virus, This application is promoted a convenient system optimizer but because of some of the activities it carries out in the users’ PC’s is classified by the security experts as a potentially unwanted program. Essentially, the purpose of this program is to scan your system for potential issues that need to be fixed and repair them. Sadly, this application is in reality limited only to the first option. It scans the system, detects the problems but requires the user to purchase a full version of this application to fix them. Some experts also doubt the legitimacy of these assessments. Therefore, this application is virtually useless if you do not have its full version. What is more, the users report that the notifications about the computer’s supposedly deteriorating condition are generated every couple of minutes and do not stop until the full version of the program is obtained or the users remove Disk Cleaner from their computers. Luckily, it is not difficult to remove this program from your computer, as it can be simply uninstalled via Control Panel. But just to make sure if the program has not left some potentially unwanted residue on your computer, we also recommend running a scan of your system with some reputable anti-malware tool like Reimage.
How can this program enter the computer?
Since this program is a legitimate product, you can access it on its official website. However, in most cases, this application enters the user’s computers through a deceptive marketing method called bundling, which is widely practiced by differen PUP creators. This is another reason we think this program is suspicious. It stealthily installs in the system without the user’s knowledge or approval and initiates system’s scans regardless of whether the user requires it or not. Even though Disk Cleaner is not a malicious program, it is better to avoid it getting on your computer. A way to keep such suspicious programs at bay is to closely follow all the installation steps of the newly downloaded freeware or shareware programs. Always opt for the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation settings to be fully informed if the downloaded program is bundled with some other undesirable contents and to manage these optional installs.
How can I remove Disk Cleaner from my computer?
As we already mentioned, Disk Cleaner is not a virus and does not require any special techniques to remove it. You can simply uninstall this application through your Control Panel by following these basic steps:
1. Click “Start” and select “Control Panel”.
2. Click “Uninstall a Program” under “Programs”.
3. Choose “Disk Cleaner” and select the “Uninstall/Change” option.
4. Click “Yes” and “OK” to save the changes.
However, this application’s appearance on your computer may suggest that some other potentially unwanted programs may also have slipped into your computer in the same way. Therefore, it is also advisable to scan your computer for potential threats with a trustworthy antivirus suite.