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Remove MPC Cleaner (Improved Guide) - Oct 2020 update

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: System tools

MPC Cleaner – a useless system optimization program

The image of MPC CleanerMPC Cleaner is a bogus software that tries to convince users that their PCs are heavily damaged.

Questions about MPC Cleaner

MPC Cleaner is a rogue computer security software developed by DotCash Limited. Alternatively, the app presents itself as More Powerful Cleaner and claims to be “the lightest and fastest and safest PC optimizer with a simple and cool interface.” Unfortunately, security experts have already included this program to “potentially unwanted” category and recommend avoiding it. Beware that this tool seeks the only thing – to generate income to its developer by creating a need for its full version. For that, it starts its activity by detecting numerous PC-related issues and then claims that the only way to fix the system is to buy the full version of MPC Cleaner.

Name MPC Cleaner
Type Rogue software/PUP
Developer DotCash Limited
Effects Installs additional components without permission, displays intrusive ads
Distribution Software bundling, the official website
 Elimination Use security software or our manual instructions below
Optimization Use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to take care of your PC system

MPCCleaner claims to be capable of cleaning computer from junk files, vague plug-ins, and corrupt registries. However, you can find out that it can hardly improve your computer's work right after installing it on the system. Such tools like this one are seeking the only thing – trick users into buying their fake license.[1]

Beware that all problems reported by MPC Cleaner scanner are invented. You can check this fact by running another scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another reliable security software. We can assure you that it won't find anything reported by this optimizer. By removing entries that were reported by this program as unsafe, you can put your computer into danger.

MPC Cleaner has already been noticed spreading in Chile, Russia, and Poland.[2] The most popular way used to hijack target systems is closely related to other software as this PUP uses bundling as the main distribution technique. You can suspect this system tool[3] on your computer after discovering MPCTray.exe file[4] in C:\Program Files directory.[5]

MPC Cleaner scans

After the successful infiltration, the program starts scanning the system every time you reboot your computer. Then, it displays its fake notifications about serious problems detected on the system. Their aim is to push people into getting its license. Besides, it can slow down your computer system to convince the you that your computer is dealing with serious problems.

So-called MPC Cleaner virus usually states that numerous issues and errors were found in the system and that user needs to fix them right away. However, after looking for these problems with your anti-virus or anti-spyware, you won't find anything because this tool is bogus.

Probably, you have already understood that we do not recommend buying MPC Cleaner license key because this program hardly does anything that would be worth paying money for. It is a deceptive program that delivers false positive system scan results, so you should not fall for its scare tactics.

Neither the trial nor the full version of the program can improve the work of your computer. Keep in mind that it hardly can speed up your system or improve it in another way. Besides, keeping this PUP can result in changes on your browser as it can be set to assign as your default search engine and homepage. If that does not convince you, the scan results in Virus Total show that 31 AV engines recognize MPC Cleaner potentially malicious.[6]

If you really want to protect your computer from spyware[7] and malware[8], you should install a well-known and reputable anti-virus program, and forget such questionable tools as this one. To stop annoying ads from interrupting you, you should remove MPC Cleaner from your computer. Steps that you can use to uninstall it are given below this article.

If you can't remove MPC Cleaner folder because it cannot be found in Programs, you should unhide hidden folders. For that, just enter “folder” into the search box on Windows taskbar and select “Show hidden files and folders” from the results.[9]

MPC Cleaner virus distributed on the official pageThe effectiveness of MPC Cleaner is highly disputable.

The software might enter the system unnoticed

There are two possible ways to download MPC Cleaner:

1. You can download this program directly from its official website or another download page;

2. You can install this app together with another free program.

In most cases, people end up with rogue PC optimizers without their knowledge. Keep in mind that it can only happen if you tend to download new programs from random download websites or if you usually rush to install them without paying attention to the important information provided in the software’s installation wizard.

PUPs are distributed via bundling technique, which means that they can be added to other free programs and presented as “recommended downloads.” Unfortunately, such “recommendations” are not presented directly. If you want to protect your computer from unwanted programs, it's very important to inspect each freeware as carefully as possible and see whether the free application is bundled with some third-party programs or not.

Luckily, software packages can be easily decomposed by unticking check marks next to pre-selected agreements to install additional components. To do that, you should opt for Advanced or Custom installation option and carefully look through all the provided terms.

Besides, it's always useful to read EULA, Privacy Policy, user feedback and similar information related to your preferred program.

MPC Cleaner fake scan resultsMPC Cleaner often shows fake scan results, claiming that the PC is completely unprotected.

Get rid of MPC Cleaner virus without a pain

MPC Cleaner removal can be initiated either manually or with the help of updated anti-spyware. If you would like to use the first option, you should follow the steps indicated below.

However, keep in mind that there is a wide list of suspicious files that are related to this PUP that should also be uninstalled. Otherwise, they can cause such problems as the program's reappearance on your computer. For example, you can also have the virus on your computer which is a well-known browser hijacker. You need to take care of it as well! Besides, numerous people have reported that they can't find MPC Cleaner in Programs.

To remove MPC Cleaner virus with other undesirable programs, and to get the control of your browser back, we strongly recommend you to opt for automatic removal option. For that, you can use programs that are provided right below. They can also be used to optimize your PC's performance.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove MPC Cleaner, follow these steps:

Remove MPC Cleaner from Windows systems

To remove MPC Cleaner manually, you need to follow steps given below. You need to uninstall all programs ( and others) that belong to DotCash Limited to prevent its reappearance in the future.

  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 MPC Cleaner and related programs
    Here, look for MPC Cleaner 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'
  5. Remove MPC Cleaner from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Uninstall MPC Cleaner from Google Chrome

To fix Google Chrome after hijack, reset this web browser by performing steps below:

  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 MPC Cleaner 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete MPC Cleaner removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of MPC Cleaner from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for MPC Cleaner and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete MPC Cleaner removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate MPC Cleaner from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the MPC Cleaner-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase MPC Cleaner from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Delete all related components from Mozilla Firefox web browser, including MPC Search hijacker:

  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 MPC Cleaner 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete MPC Cleaner removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove MPC Cleaner 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 MPC Cleaner or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by MPC Cleaner, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 MPC Cleaner removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address.

If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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  1. Alex Taylor says:
    November 30th, 2015 at 3:59 am

    I thought that MPC Cleaner is reliable.. Thanks God Ive removed it successfully.

  2. Lloyd says:
    November 30th, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Thanks for the instructions. Removed this virus successfully. No more scans!

  3. morgan b says:
    November 30th, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Do not recommend using MPC Cleaner. It installed a bunch of adwares on my PC, so I was flooded by intrusive ads. Ran SpyHunter and removed all viruses. Thanks for the information.

  4. alf says:
    March 3rd, 2016 at 11:23 am

    It must have been updated, it is no longer in the programs list to uninstall

  5. vivek chaubey says:
    July 30th, 2016 at 9:53 am

    how to fully remove from pc

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