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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 programPC 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 ReimageIntego 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 losvirus.es[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 ReimageIntego. 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.

To remove PC OptiClean from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to PC OptiClean (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Erase PC OptiClean from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove PC OptiClean from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for PC OptiClean-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove PC OptiClean, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to PC OptiClean and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the PC OptiClean-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of PC OptiClean 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 PC OptiClean 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, Google.com).
  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 PC OptiClean removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate PC OptiClean 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 PC OptiClean-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

Uninstall PC OptiClean from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to PC OptiClean and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case PC OptiClean did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete PC OptiClean removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete PC OptiClean from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to PC OptiClean by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the PC OptiClean-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete PC OptiClean removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove PC OptiClean from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to PC OptiClean and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

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Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

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While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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