Essential Cleaner is a rogue security program from the same family as Ms Removal Tool. It pretends to be a legitimate antivirus program, but actually it is nothing more but a scam. The rogue program is distributed through the use of fake online scanners, bogus websites and other malicious software. Once installed, it will pretend to scan your computer for malware and then it will state that your computer is infected with spyware, adware, Trojans and other viruses. Finally, it will prompt you to pay for a full version of the program to remove supposedly found infections from your computer. It uses the same payment pages as Security Tool virus. Don't pay for this rogue program. It won't protect your computer. Instead, please remove Essential Cleaner from your computer immediately. Please use the removal instructions outlined below. You can choose to remove this virus manually or using an automatic Essential Cleaner removal tool.
Once running, Essential Cleaner will block legit programs and especially anti-virus software. Another interesting thing is that if you click on Updates button, you will see “Updating”, but actually there is no network activity. It's just another argument why Essential Cleaner is classified as a rogue security application. What is more, this parasite will impersonate Windows Security Center and constantly display warnings/notifications about serious security threats and privacy issues. It may claim that your computer is under attack by an Internet virus or that private data can be stolen. For example:
Application cannot be executed. The file cmd.exe is infected.
Please activate your antivirus software.
Essential Cleaner Warning
Your PC is infected with dangerous viruses. Activate antivirus protection to prevent data loss and avoid the theft of your credit card details.
Click here to activate protection.
Essential Cleaner is yet another rogue scam. Don't trust it. If you find that your computer has been infected with this rogue program then please uninstall Essential Cleaner from your computer as soon as possible. If you have already purchased it, then you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Then, please follow the removal instructions below. Note, that you will have to reboot your computer in safe mode with networking in order to be able to download the automatic removal tool because Essential Cleaner blocks legitimate malware removal tools in normal mode.
Essential Cleaner registration codes:
Essential Cleaner manual removal:
Delete registry values:
C:Documents and SettingsAll UsersApplication Data[random].exe