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Dr. Clean Pro 2018. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Dr. Clean Pro 2018 is a dubious application that promises to clean up users' PCs

Dr. Clean Pro 2018 virus

Dr. Clean Pro 2018 is a fake system optimizing tool and recently emerged as a rebranded version of such software as PC Fixer Pro 2018 and SpeedUp PC 2018. This potentially unwanted program[1] enters PCs as an additional component in a software bundle and immediately starts performing computer scan. Unsurprisingly, the PUP finds multiple bogus issues and users are prompted to buy licensed version of the program to be able to fix them.

SUMMARY
Name Dr. Clean Pro 2018
Type Potentially unwanted program
Distribution Software bundling, advertising campaigns
Symptoms Constant computer scans bringing bogus results, increased advertising on various websites, etc.
Main dangers Might lead to system disturbances after deleting important files; personal data exposure, lost money, etc.
Elimination You can uninstall it automatically by scanning your machine with Reimage

The unwanted app promises to detect malware and PUPs and enhance computer performance by fixing broken registry entries and startup/uninstall issues. However, all these assurances are there just to extort money from unsuspecting users. Therefore, if you noticed your computer being scanned continually out of nowhere, make sure you remove Dr. Clean Pro 2018 immediately.

Security experts expressed a lot of concerns when it comes to Dr. Clean Pro 2018 and other bogus system optimizers, as they can often show false results to gain monetary benefit. For example, simple Google cookies might be marked as a threat of medium severity, which is entirely not true.

Additionally, Registry entries should not be tampered with, as reported by Microsoft itself.[2] Some fake optimizers might even damage the proper operation of the operating system after “cleaning” some essential files. Besides, these tiny files only take a few kilobytes of space and will not impact PC performance in any way. Thus, ignore whatever Dr. Clean Pro 2018 virus displays for you.

Because the dubious application enters machines stealthily, it is highly likely that your computer is infected by other potentially unwanted programs, such as adware or a browser hijacker. These programs typically display intrusive advertising in various forms, such as pop-ups, deals, offers, banners on your Google Chome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari or other browsers.

The ads can promote the installation of bogus software or urge users to install fake updates. The worst part is that sometimes users may be redirected to dangerous websites where malware can be obtained. This way, users can infect their machines with a trojan horse, spyware or even ransomware. The latter locks up computer files and demands the ransom to be paid for their release.

Finally, AV engines detect this program as an unwanted program. Besides, users should not trust a program which asks them to buy full version of the program in order to eliminate computer threats. 

Regardless of how this dubious application got onto your machine, you should urgently perform Dr. Clean Pro 2018 removal. Because of questionable infiltration techniques, we advise users to scan their computers with reputable security tools, such as Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner.

Distribution methods of unwanted programs

Despite the popular belief, potentially unwanted programs never enter machines out of nowhere. Unfortunately, users are letting PUPs in involuntarily themselves. We agree that software bundling technique is not fair. Nevertheless, it is legitimate, and the only way to avoid unwanted apps is by being vigilant while browsing the internet and installing new software.

To avoid questionable applications, follow these guidelines:

  • Do not trust all applications or services that are offered to you – make sure they are legitimate first;
  • Avoid downloading apps from questionable websites and use only trustworthy ones;
  • When installing free software from the internet, make sure you pick Advanced/Custom installation mode instead of Recommended/Quick one;
  • Decline all the optional installs bundled with the original application (in a lot of cases, this option only becomes available if Advanced settings are chosen during installation).

Dr. Clean Pro 2018 elimination methods

You can remove Dr. Clean Pro 2018 virus in two different ways, you can pick the one that suits you most. If you want a quick solution, security experts[3] recommend downloading and installing security software and running a full system scan. It is an excellent way to check if your computer is affected by any other unwanted programs or even malware.

Dr. Clean Pro 2018 removal can also be executed without using additional programs. All you have to do is check our illustrated guide below. Nevertheless, we advise you to refrain from this elimination method if you are not that experienced with computers.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with Malwarebytes.
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Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with Combo Cleaner.

To remove Dr. Clean Pro 2018, follow these steps:

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Eliminate Dr. Clean Pro 2018 from Windows systems

If you want to eliminate Dr. Clean Pro 2018 from Windows OS, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Dr. Clean Pro 2018 and related programs
    Here, look for Dr. Clean Pro 2018 or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
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Uninstall Dr. Clean Pro 2018 from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Dr. Clean Pro 2018 or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'
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Remove Dr. Clean Pro 2018 from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Dr. Clean Pro 2018 and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Dr. Clean Pro 2018 removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of Dr. Clean Pro 2018 from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Dr. Clean Pro 2018 should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Erase Dr. Clean Pro 2018 from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox before resuming normal browsing activities:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Dr. Clean Pro 2018 and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Dr. Clean Pro 2018 removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Delete Dr. Clean Pro 2018 from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Dr. Clean Pro 2018 and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Dr. Clean Pro 2018 removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Eliminate Dr. Clean Pro 2018 from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Dr. Clean Pro 2018 or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Dr. Clean Pro 2018 removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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