Pc Optimizer Pro (Removal Instructions) - Updated Guide

Pc Optimizer Pro Removal Guide

What is Pc Optimizer Pro?

PC Optimizer Pro is a fake tool that will make many promises to optimize or protect your computer but will fail in all of them

PC Optimizer Pro virusPc Optimizer Pro interface looks like a legitimate problem but is actually a fake one.

PC Optimizer Pro is a rogue system optimizer that is often classified as malware[1]. This virus claims to be a legitimate program, which is capable of increasing the security of the system and protecting the computer. Nevertheless, you should not take these words for granted because they are very misleading and may even lead you to the loss of your money.

PC Optimizer Pro is related to another program called Fake Antivirus. These products are FAKE and you should never buy them. Yes, that's what they seek. How do they do that? In most of the cases, they rely on misleading tactics that seek to scare PC users and then to make them purchase their full or licensed versions[2].

That's why this program starts scanning the system as soon as it gets installed on the system. Usually, it spreads via software bundling, so it is likely that you won't remember the moment it got installed. After hijacking the system, the PC Optimizer Pro virus states that some of the legal and essential Windows files are infected. In order to get the ability to remove them, you are supposed to purchase its licensed version.

However, that's what we don't recommend because it's a straight way to the money loss. All these alerts, warnings, and found infections are fake. Please do not purchase this program. Here are the examples of PC Optimizer Pro warnings:

Attention
Suspicious software activity is detected by PC Optimizer Pro on your computer.
Please start system files scanning for details.

Warning!
Name: taskmgr.exe
Name: C:\WINDOWS\taskmgr.exe

If you are still not convinced to remove the described scareware program, we want to suggest reading PC Optimizer Pro reviews online. You will find dozens of forums discussing questionable functionalities of the software. Besides, you can even find some YouTube videos with recorded conversations with the rogue program's “support” team.

We believe that user reviews and these videos will convince you to uninstall PC Optimizer Pro – we are not the only ones who claim that the software is rogue and highly untrustworthy. According to dieviren.de[3], many German-speaking computer users got their computers compromised by this rogue system tool.

PC Optimizer Pro sitePC Optimizer Pro pretends to be a useful system optimization and maintenance tool while in reality it is a rogue software that urges victims to buy its licensed version.

Techniques used to promote rogue system optimizers and ways to protect your PC from them

This described rogue program is mostly distributed through infected websites and through the use of other dangerous computer programs. Below, you can find some tips that will help you to avoid installing it on your system.

  • In order to avoid it, you have to stay away from illegal websites and download updated anti-spyware, which could help you to detect all suspicious programs before their infiltration.
  • Finally, we would like to recommend you avoiding fake alerts that are either trying to check your computer for free or to update some of your programs. You can encounter such pop-ups and ads on certain web pages while browsing the web.

Once this PC optimizer Pro enters the computer, it may try to block other applications on your computer and tell that they are infected. In addition, this program may try to change browser settings, connect itself to the internet, stay resident in the background and block access to legitimate anti-virus and anti-spyware programs.

Unfortunately, the PC Optimizer Pro removal process is quite a difficult task, so if you do not have enough knowledge of the computer system, it is better to remove this virus automatically.

Your questions about the suspicious optimizer answered

Question. I have just found a suspicious system optimizer on my computer and I know that I have never installed it. Could this be that PC Optimizer Pro is a virus that infiltrated my computer behind my back?

PC Optimizer Pro is a seriously deceptive application, which seeks to swindle people's money. It is known that it has been spread similarly to other fake optimizers, which means that there is no surprise that it showed up on your computer without downloading it.

Typically, such programs are spread using fake pop-up ads, software bundles, trojans, and other deceptive methods. If you have just discovered that optimizer on your computer, don't waste your time and scan your computer with updated anti-spyware because it can easily cause additional problems on your computer. We recommend using automatic removal of this shady optimization tool.

Question. As soon as I turn on my computer, the PC Optimizer Pro scanner starts checking my computer. Typically, it finds several hundreds of PC errors and other issues. However, I can't fix them without purchasing this program. Should I do that?

Please, do NOT pay for PC Optimizer Pro malware because it's a fake computer optimization tool! If you really want to check your computer for issues, you should download another reputable anti-spyware because PC OptimizerPro is a fake optimizer that is seeking the only thing – swindle people's money. In order to protect your computer and data that you keep on it, you should eliminate this program from your computer.

Question. Help me, I am infected with a virus! I googled “What is PC Optimizer Pro” and now I know that it's a dangerous program but I don't know how to delete it. Could you give me a detailed guide for the full removal of PCOptimizerPro?

Yes, you are infected with a seriously suspicious program, which should never be purchased. If you want to remove PC Optimizer Pro and each of its file, you should download a trustworthy anti-spyware like ReimageIntego. Make sure you update it before running a full system scan and you will remove each of malicious files that are related to the virus.

Question. I was browsing on the Internet when a huge warning message showed up. It offered me to check my computer for errors and I clicked on it. Now I am suffering from PC Optimizer Pro alerts offering me to purchase its license. The main problem is that I can't remove this malware because it fails to appear in the Programs list.

Unfortunately, but you have been tricked by hackers who are using such deceptive techniques for spreading their viruses. In this case, you should run a full system scan with updated anti-spyware and remove malicious files from it. If you want to be sure that PC Optimizer Pro is not hiding in your system's background, you should perform a system scan using a reputable security product.

Question. Could you help me to figure out whether PC Optimizer Pro is malicious or not? I was going to purchase its license for improving my computer's performance.

Please, do NOT pay for PC Optimizer Pro's license because it's a fake system optimization tool! No matter what is promised by its developers, they are promoting a useless program, which can even be used for stealing personal people's information. If you want to protect yourself, you should eliminate PCOptimizerPro from your computer. You can do that with the help of ReimageIntego.

Remove PC Optimizer Pro and have no doubts about it

If you think you are infected with the described system optimization “virus” but you do not know how to remove PC Optimizer Pro properly, we suggest you follow the instructions provided below. For a faster and easier removal, run a full system scan with ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

These programs will help you to get rid of all malicious files that can be found on your computer. If you decided to go for a manual PC Optimizer Pro removal option, remember that this won't guarantee that all suspicious files and dangerous programs will leave your computer. However, you must follow the steps provided below to obliterate the shady software for good.

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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Getting rid of Pc Optimizer Pro. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

Normally, it is enough to uninstall the PCOptimizerPro in this way:

  • Click 'Start' and select 'Control Panel.
  • Click 'Uninstall a Program' under 'Programs'.
  • Choose 'PC Optimizer Pro' and select the 'Uninstall/Change' option.
  • Click 'Yes' and 'OK' to save the changes.

However, if this method doesn't help to eliminate fake pop-ups and annoying browser redirects, we strongly recommend you to follow the instructions provided in the rest of this guide. Uninstall every shady-looking program using these tips provided by our experts:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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 the entry of the 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.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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

Remove 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 unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla 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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Remove from Google Chrome

Get rid of every Chrome extension that slipped into your browser without your knowledge.

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 the unwanted program 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Clear Safari from rogue extensions this way:

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Pc Optimizer Pro registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting malware

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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