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Super Optimizer. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Super Optimizer might trick you into thinking that your PC is a mess

Super Optimizer software

Super Optimizer by Super PC Tools Ltd. is a highly suspicious program that claims being able to remove unnecessary registry entries and bad files that are decreasing system's performance. Users can easily download this optimization tool voluntarily as it is promoted via various third party websites as a useful tool. The tool has a bad reputation because it tends to display misleading information[1] in order to trick people into paying for the full version of the software.

We have noticed that Super Optimizer has also been spread via other software[2] without direct users' approval. For this and some other reasons, it has already been labeled as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), adware and even scareware. It seems that it targets computer users from all countries, but many victims are from Germany, according to DieViren.de[3].

Even though the developers of SuperOptimizer claim that this is a reputable PC optimization tool, you should think twice before downloading it.

After testing this program on our computers, we have noticed that Super Optimizer virus starts initiating its registry scan right after it is installed on computer. It should look for outdated registry entries that are causing slow downs of your system.

Questions about Super Optimizer

However, instead of returning a full list of registry entries that are said to be outdated and useless, it mostly includes only a small part of bad registries that can hardly improve your PC's functionality after being removed from the system. In addition, for seeking to scare its victims into purchasing its licensed version, this program can also try to inform you about invented registries and junk files. For example:

Attention!
1336 items and settings are slowing down your computer.
To optimize settings, fix problems and speed up your PC you need to register Super Optimizer.

After showing such and similar warnings, it offers purchasing the full version of Super Optimizer but you should never do that if you don't want to spend your money on nothing.

Therefore, we would like to recommend you not to trust it and NEVER pay money for this application as you may only loose your money and disclose your personal information to people that you don't know. If you want to get rid of this program without wasting your time, please, scan your computer with Reimage.

UPDATE! Super Optimizer was updated in the middle of August, 2015. After being installed on the system, this program “performs” a system scan and then displays exaggerated scan results. In addition, it displays 'Would you like to register Super Optimizer now?' alert on computer's desktop and promises that this will optimize PC's performance.

Please, do NOT fall for this trick! You need to remove Super Optimizer from your computer without any delay!

Ways to infect your computer with rogue system optimizers

Since the indicated optimizer is promoted as a legitimate application, it can be downloaded from various file sharing web pages. However, beware that it may also show up on your machine out of nowhere. That's because it may also spread around using bundling.

Usually it is hidden in installers of download managers, PDF creators and similar programs. To avoid installing unnecessary system tools on your PC, you should avoid Quick, Recommended and similar installation options while installing freeware and shareware on your computer.

Instead of these options, opt for Advanced or Custom installation and follow every step in order to reject installation of PUPs. You may find suggestions to install various extensions, add-ons and plug-ins, as well as to change homepage or default search engine, but you should never accept such propositions, especially when you are installing unknown software. If you have already noticed that SuperOptimizer scanners on your PC, you should ignore them.

Quick way to remove Super Optimizer from your personal computer

As Super Optimizer is not a virus or malware, you will probably find it on Add/Remove Programs list. However, it is very likely that it has installed registry entries that will help it to stay active even if the main entry is removed.

Therefore, it is advisable to remove it automatically using a reputable anti-spyware. Below you can find the programs that we suggest: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner or Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. For manual Super Optimizer removal, you can follow these steps:

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 Super Optimizer, follow these steps:

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Erase Super Optimizer from Windows systems

  1. First of all, open Windows Task Manager (Ctrl +Alt +Del) and go to Processes tab to kill SuperOptimizer.exe process.
  2. Then uninstall Super Optimizer by Super PC Tools, Ltd. via Control Panel.
  3. Afterward, fix Windows Registry by removing unwanted entries.
    • To fix Windows Registry, search your computer for regedit and open it. Here, click Ctrl + F and search for SuperOptimizer or Super Optimizer. Delete the keys associated with it.

      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 Super Optimizer and related programs
        Here, look for Super Optimizer 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'
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      Eliminate Super Optimizer 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 Super Optimizer 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 Super Optimizer 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 Super Optimizer 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 Super Optimizer 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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      Remove Super Optimizer 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, Super Optimizer should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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      Delete Super Optimizer 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 Super Optimizer 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 Super Optimizer removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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      Uninstall Super Optimizer from Google Chrome

      Delete Chrome extensions that might be related to the said optimization tool.

      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 Super Optimizer 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 Super Optimizer removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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      Erase Super Optimizer 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 Super Optimizer 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 Super Optimizer removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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