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Remove Pro PC Cleaner (Removal Instructions) - Aug 2019 update

removal by Linas Kiguolis - - | Type: System tools

Pro PC Cleaner is the tool that claims to fix your computer while it only can damage it

Pro PC Cleaner toolPro PC Cleaner is a software that shows pre-determined scan results to trick people into installing the full version of a tool that is useless.

Pro PC Cleaner is the program that claims to detect issues with performance or even malware on your computer. However, to fix those issues, you need to pay for the full version of the program that also does nothing. The problem with this rogue system tool is the lack of proper indications that the cleaning services are improving the performance or speed of the machine. This is not a software related to Microsoft, the company doesn't support such tools because managing the registry can even cause more damage.

Your machine is probably even clean and has no particular problems besides Pro PC Cleaner virus. Although this is not a malicious program, people still call the PUP like that, judged on its intrusive behavior and unwanted content delivery. This program schedules a task, and the tool may be set to run at a particular time every day, so pop-ups and false claims about issues appear constantly. To end all that suspicious behavior, you need a proper system tool and full malware removal process. 

Name Pro PC Cleaner
Type System tool
Category Potentially unwanted program
Symptoms Shows suspicious alerts about malware, system damage, and other detections. These claims are used to trick people into installing shady tools and software
Distribution Software bundling, other programs, deceptive websites 
Elimination To remove Pro PC Cleaner completely, you need a thorough system scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

This is a dubious system optimizer[1] that has a long history of showing exaggerated reports to its users, seeking to trick people into buying the licensed version of the software. It can claim to find endless intruders and deliver lists of various errors and junk files even if your computer is running without any problems. However, the full version of Pro PC Cleaner tool that can remove those displayed issues costs more for the license.

You can also encounter additional toolbars, applications or extensions installed on the machine or Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or any other browsers. All the scheduled tasks, changes startup preferences and registry entries ensure that pop-ups appear constantly and the screen is filled with suggestions that trick you into purchasing software or at least visiting some shady website.

Security experts recommend keeping your money to yourself and deleting Pro PC Cleaner software because even though you pay money for the software it does nothing valuable on your device. These fake tools can only clean the registry or delete junk files. However, none of those actions are good for the system because removing particular files may damage applications or interfere with some system features.[2]

The described PC Cleaner one of those programs that may show up on your PC's desktop out of nowhere and display alerts about malware or system errors. That's because it is actively promoted using other applications as a totally valuable tool that is capable of detecting bad registry entries and eliminating them. In addition, the vague Pro PC Cleaner claims to be fixing errors to speed up the system.

Pro PC Cleaner adsPro PC Cleaner is the PUP that shows unwanted commercial content and keeps the user from accessing wanted content. There are other vague statements about “cleaning of junk” that somehow can polish your computer system and incredibly boost your computer's performance. You should not believe these claims and use reputable anti-malware software instead of this one. If you are not convinced, just read user reviews about this program online and decide whether you want to use it or remove Pro PC Cleaner.

No matter how good all those promises sound, you should know that this program may start showing you an enormous amount of lists that may be filled with exaggerated scan results. In addition, this program won't remove these “problems” until you don't agree to pay for its licensed version. Pro PC Cleaner is not a tool that should be trusted.

Please, do NOT do this if you don't want to waste your money on anything! No matter how good it looks, Pro PC Cleaner just stops showing its ads after getting a signal that the user was convinced to pay for its license and cleans the list of issues, not the system. If you really think that your PC is slower than it should be, you should just look for a free PC optimizer or get a tool like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego that can remove PUPs and repair needed files.

Pro PC Cleaner alertsPro PC Cleaner is an untrustworthy software that often shows exaggerated scan results to trick users into buying the paid copy of the software (the full version).

Believe us, there are hundreds of such programs, and they are offered for free. Also, we highly recommend uninstalling this program from the system if it has shown up on it without your approval. For that, you can use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner.

In addition, you should think about what free programs have you recently installed on your computer because one of them has tricked you into downloading this suspicious PC optimization tool. Pro PC Cleaner is related to many of similar applications, so your device might have a few intruders at once.

If you are interested in how such programs as ProPCCleaner are spread, you should know this: there are two different methods used for spreading adware-type programs, hijackers and potentially unwanted programs. The first one requires going to the program's official website and downloading it.

Another method is called bundling[3] because it helps for previously mentioned programs spread around without appropriate permission asked. For avoiding it, please be very careful when installing download managers, PDF creators, video streaming software. Pro PC Cleaner virus appears out of nowhere and you cannot notice the installation process.

Pro PC Cleaner

Rogue system tools enter the system with help from other PUPs

As some of the security experts have revealed, even the safest program may be filled with 'optional' components as system tools and cleaners, so you should be very careful when installing any freeware on your computer. The easiest way to see them is to select Custom or Advanced installation method that reveals what is hiding in a setup.

Also, Zondervirus.nl warns[4] that PC cleaners have also been actively promoted via various pop-up ads. These ads may show up on your computer while browsing on the Internet either on legitimate or on illegitimate websites. Please, stay away from such notifications that offer to check your computer for free.

Rely on official websites, program developers, reliable download platforms, app stores. These are sources that can ensure that freeware installation is not including any PUPs or cyber threats. Remember this when you update the software and install new applications on the machine.

Pro PC Cleaner elimination requires your attention to details

No matter that Pro PC Cleaner virus is the wrong term to describe this system tool, users still call it like that because it keeps on running on the PC. Also, you must have already understood that we recommend avoiding it. If you are thinking about a program that could help you to get rid of bad registry entries and similar files, you should consider using anti-malware tools.

In addition, if you have already installed this PC Cleaner on your computer, you should either run any of such programs or follow the guide and remove Pro PC Cleaner program for good from all the parts of the device. However, relying on manual methods alone is not advisable since full system check can offer virus damage removal too.

So get a tool that is capable of running on the system and perform Pro PC Cleaner removal. Choose a trustworthy anti-malware program and get it from the official provider or the developer, application store. There are tons of different programs suitable for all the OSs, so mobile devices can also get cleaned.

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 Pro PC Cleaner, follow these steps:

Delete Pro PC Cleaner from Windows systems

Remove Pro PC Cleaner from your PC

To remove Pro PC Cleaner 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 Pro PC Cleaner (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.

Remove Pro PC Cleaner from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Pro PC Cleaner from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Pro PC Cleaner-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 Pro PC Cleaner, 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 Pro PC Cleaner and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Pro PC Cleaner-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of Pro PC 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 Pro PC 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, 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 Pro PC Cleaner removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Uninstall Pro PC 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 Pro PC 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

Eliminate Pro PC Cleaner 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 Pro PC Cleaner 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 Pro PC Cleaner 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 Pro PC Cleaner removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Pro PC Cleaner from Google Chrome

Check if the Pro PC Cleaner adware have installed any suspicious materials on the browser

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 Pro PC Cleaner 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 Pro PC Cleaner-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 Pro PC Cleaner removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete Pro PC Cleaner 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 Pro PC Cleaner 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

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. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

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 server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

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. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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