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MPC Cleaner. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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MPC Cleaner – a useless system optimization program

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MPC 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. MPC Cleaner alternatively 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.

Summary
Name MPC Cleaner
Type Rogue software/PUP
Developer DotCash Limited
Effects Installs additional components without permission, displays intrusive ads
Distribution Software bundling, official website
 Elimination Use security software or our manual instructions below
Optimization Use Reimage

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 or another reliable security software. We can assure you that it won't find anything what was reported by this optimizer. By removing entries that were reported by it 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
MPC Cleaner also installs additional modules without permission.

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 other way. Besides, keeping this PUP can result in changes on your browser as it can be set to assign Search.mpc.am 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.

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 results
MPC 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 program's reappearance on your computer. For example, you can also have the Search.mpc.am virus on your computer which is a well-known browser hijacker. You need to take care of it as well!

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.

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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To remove MPC Cleaner, follow these steps:

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Remove MPC Cleaner from Windows systems

To remove MPC Cleaner manually, you need to follow steps given below. You need to uninstall all programs (Search.mpc.am 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 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' 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.

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Delete MPC Cleaner from Mac OS X system

To get rid of this cleaner from Mac OS X, you need to uninstall every component of this fake optimizer. In this case, make sure you remove Search.mpc.am and other apps developed by DotCash Limited.

  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 MPC Cleaner 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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Get rid of MPC Cleaner from Internet Explorer (IE)

To delete all suspicious components from the Internet Explorer, follow the steps below.

  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 MPC Cleaner 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 MPC Cleaner 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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Erase MPC Cleaner from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

To fix Firefox, make sure that you delete all unknown extensions, add-ons, and toolbars that might be related to MPC Cleaner.

  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
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Uninstall MPC Cleaner from Google Chrome

In order to get rid of virus-related components from Google Chrome, you need to check the list of Chrome's extensions and uninstall suspicious entries. In this case, you need to get rid of all entries that belong to DotCash Limited.

  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
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Eliminate MPC Cleaner 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, MPC Cleaner should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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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

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