Total PC Defender Removal Guide
What is Total PC Defender?
Total PC Defender is a fake antivirus program that claims to offer proper functionalities
Total PC Defender is the rogue program is from the same family as other tools focusing on deceptive techniques. More generally speaking, it's nothing more but a typical unwanted application that displays misleading security alerts and reports false system security threats to make you think that your computer is infected with Trojans, worms, and other malicious software. When running, it will imitate a system scan and display numerous infections. Of course, scan results are false. Then it will ask you to pay for a full version of the program in order to remove the infections which actually do not even exist.
|Name||Total PC Defender|
|Type||Rogue antispyware, PUP|
|Tactic||The program claims to scan the machine and then informs the user about threats that are not related to the computer in question|
|Issues||Deceptive content encourages people to purchase the application and can expose users to possibly malicious content|
|Removal||You should rely on professional anti-malware and remove any PUPs installed behind your back|
|Repair||Run ReimageIntego so you can repair virus damage and repair altered files|
What is more, Total PC Defender will constantly display fake security alerts stating that your computer is under attack or seriously infected. It will also claim that malicious programs that may steal your private information were detected. The fake notification states:
There are more fake warnings and you will likely see all of them if your computer is already infected. However, false scan results and fake security alerts are not the biggest problems. The most annoying thing is that Total PC Defender blocks particular software and disables important system tools or options.
It can disable system restore and block safe mode too. In some cases it will block all executable (.exe) files, so you won't be able to launch any anti-spyware software or malware removal tool. Try to download and run an automatic removal tool like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.
First of all, you have to end the main process of Total PC Defender which is Total PC Defender.exe. Use Task Manager. Please note that there might be more active malicious processes generated by the PUP. There are various startup and registry entries, so run ReimageIntego to take care of these issues.
Get rid of the PUP
You can try to boot your PC in “Safe Mode with Networking” and download an automatic removal tool. For some of you, this may actually work, but if the situation is very complicated then this method will likely fail. You might not be advanced enough to change settings yourself, so rely on the guide below and automatic tools.
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.
Getting rid of Total PC Defender. Follow these steps
Uninstall from Windows
Instructions for Windows 10/8 machines:
- Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
- Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.
- From the list, find the entry of the suspicious program.
- Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
- If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
- Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.
If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:
- Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
- In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.
- Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
- At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
- In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
- Click OK once the removal process is finished.
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 Total PC Defender 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 rogue antispyware
Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool
Online spying has got momentum in recent years and people are getting more and more interested in how to protect their privacy online. One of the basic means to add a layer of security – choose the most private and secure web browser. Although web browsers can't grant full privacy protection and security, some of them are much better at sandboxing, HTTPS upgrading, active content blocking, tracking blocking, phishing protection, and similar privacy-oriented features. However, if you want true anonymity, we suggest you employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN – it can encrypt all the traffic that comes and goes out of your computer, preventing tracking completely.
Lost your files? Use data recovery software
While some files located on any computer are replaceable or useless, others can be extremely valuable. Family photos, work documents, school projects – these are types of files that we don't want to lose. Unfortunately, there are many ways how unexpected data loss can occur: power cuts, Blue Screen of Death errors, hardware failures, crypto-malware attack, or even accidental deletion.
To ensure that all the files remain intact, you should prepare regular data backups. You can choose cloud-based or physical copies you could restore from later in case of a disaster. If your backups were lost as well or you never bothered to prepare any, Data Recovery Pro can be your only hope to retrieve your invaluable files.