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Remove PC OptiClean (Tutorial) - Removal Instructions

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PC OptiClean might sneak inside the computer without asking your permission

PC OptiClean official website

PC OptiClean by Seguro Software is advertised as a computer optimization program which can detect and repair various issues on Windows computers. However, the free version of the software is promoted in software bundles. Thus, it might sneak inside the system unnoticed. For this reason, it is classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).[1]

The sneaky infiltration method confuses users, and they often call this program as PC OptiClean virus. However, this application is not malicious even if it might appear on the computer out of nowhere. It can only annoy you with system scans or paid version’s promotions.

Once it gets installed on the computer, PC OptiClean might start system scan looking for errors and issues that can be fixed. However, the free version of the program does not delete any junk files and cannot repair the computer. Only Premium and Premium Pro versions of the program can do it.

The free version of the optimization software is designed to increase sales. However, spending $29.97 or $43.94 for the license is not recommended. It’s doubtful that scan results are real and your computer actually needs fixing. Additionally, Microsoft[2] has warned that PC optimization software may cause opposite effects and disturb Windows computer’s work.

Image of PC OptiClean program
PC OptiClean might be promoted in freeware packages; thus, correct software installation can prevent infiltration of the unwanted app.

Infiltration of the program might also be followed by an increased amount of online ads. Indeed, the Privacy Policy reveals that company might not only promote their products but might display “tailored advertisements or joint ventures.” In addition, you might be offered to participate in various polls or contests that might ask to reveal personally identifiable information. The problem is that these details might be shared with third-parties:

You may be entered in a sweepstakes, contest, or other promotion, simply by making a purchase from us or by providing us with personally identifiable information for some other reason or purpose. Due to these third party relationships, the third parties may obtain personally identifiable information that visitors voluntarily submit to Seguro Software.

Therefore, if you do not want to disclose some details to unknown third-parties and advertisers accidentally, you should remove PC OptiClean.You can uninstall it as a regular computer software from the Control Panel.

However, if it was installed in the software bundle, you should opt for the automatic PC OptiClean removal. Scanning the system with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or another anti-malware tool helps to get rid of this questionable system tool within several minutes.

Bundling helps to promote free version of the program

Bundling is a legit software marketing method, but the majority of computer users are not aware of correct freeware installation. Security experts PUPs are often installed to the system when users rely on Quick/Standard installation settings which do not openly disclose about third-party apps that might be attached to the primary program.

For this reason, users should always install new software using Advanced/Custom setup. Security experts from[3] remind that choosing this setup is not enough. You have to follow the wizard attentively in order to reject installation of additional apps.

Thus, if you haven’t downloaded PC OptiClean from the official website, but noticed it on your PC, it means that it arrived in the software bundle.

PC OptiClean uninstall guide

If you have downloaded the program directly from the official website, you should be able to uninstall it as a regular program without any problems. Thus, in order to remove PC OptiClean, you have to:

  1. Access Control Panel.
  2. Navigate to Uninstall a Program section.
  3. In the list of programs, you should find this optimization software, click on it and choose Uninstall option.

However, if it was downloaded without your permission, you should opt for the automatic PC OptiClean removal method. Scanning the system with reputable anti-malware software helps to get rid of all components that are related to the PUP.

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 PC OptiClean, follow these steps:

Remove PC OptiClean from Windows systems

PC OptiClean might arrive on the system in the software package. Therefore, if you have recently installed freeware or shareware, you might have installed this PC optimization software as well. For this reason, you have to investigate the system and uninstall all PUP-related entries.

  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 PC OptiClean and related programs
    Here, look for PC OptiClean 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'

Erase PC OptiClean 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 PC OptiClean 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'

Get rid of PC OptiClean 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 PC OptiClean 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 PC OptiClean removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate PC OptiClean 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, PC OptiClean should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall PC OptiClean from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 PC OptiClean 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 PC OptiClean removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete PC OptiClean 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 PC OptiClean 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 PC OptiClean removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove PC OptiClean 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 PC OptiClean 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 PC OptiClean removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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