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Win Tonic – a questionable Computer optimization tool with fake pop-ups to spread its installer

Win Tonic official download website

Win Tonic is a rogue Windows OS optimization utility that has been classified as PUP due to its tendency to display misleading pop-ups and reveal fake scan results to PC users. Despite the fact that its developer PC Tonic represents it as a powerful utility capable of removing malware and other infections, as well as fixing registry entries, Win Tonic virus does not have a virus database and can hardly boost PC's performance in any way. According to security experts, such characteristics are typical to a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and scareware.[1]

Win Tonic has been revealed as a PUP since 2018 when researchers came up with free tools hiding this rogue optimization utility hidden under the Quick installation option. It is preselected by default and, if a less experienced PC user does not select the Advanced installation technique, he or she agrees upon malware installation without knowing about that. Upon successful infiltration, this misleading tool modified multiple processes within Windows and starts initiating a supposed virus analysis and system optimization. It's important to stress the fact that Win Tonic virus is not capable of protecting the system, nor remove any threats. Although scan results may report Win-Trojan/Gandcrab02.Exp, Win32:Malware-gen, Win32/Filecoder.GandCrab.B[2], and similar infections, these are random names taken from the virus database to exaggerate the results and prompt PC users to purchase Win Tonic license. 

Name Win Tonic
Developers PC Tonics (
Type Potentially unwanted program (PUP)
Danger level Low. Can get installed unnoticed, deliver fake scan results to increase sales
Distribution method The official download site, software bundles, pop-up scanners on the web
Symptoms In case Win Tonic installs on the system via a software bundle, it starts scanning the system on a particular schedule and delivers rogue scan results. Besides, it may display alerts regularly stating that the system is outdated and needs optimization. 
To uninstall Win Tonic, install SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes tool and run a full system scan. To fix system registries and other settings that this PUP might have modified, use ReimageIntego repair tool. 

Win Tonic is available on the official website to download for free. However, developers do not explicitly explain that a free download is just a trial that will do nothing else except launch the scanners on a regular schedule and display intrusive alerts warning about an infection. People are not forewarned that the app is charged and that its license cost €14,95 a month. The problem is that you might not need this program at all as it does not give any value. 

This system optimization and malware removal tool can be called scareware due to the misleading scan results. As we have already pointed it, the tool is programmed to initiate scheduled system scanners and deliver results reporting virus infection. Observant Internet users should notice that Win Tonic malware displays suspicious system's analysis and report about bogus viruses. Besides, its free trial version does not have a function to eliminate the findings. The only way to do that is to pay the money for the licensed version of the tool. We strongly do not recommend giving away your money for a useless program. Keep in mind that it's just a trick used to earn the money for bogus services. 

Win Tonic scanner

However, this PC maintenance and protection software have another negative feature. It might spread bundled with free programs and get into the system unnoticed. In other words, it may be appended as an additional application of free download managers or converters and enter the system if a potential victim fails to deselect it during the install. For this reason, users often refer to it as a Win Tonic virus. We want to stress out this program is NOT a virus.[3] It does not perform any malicious or harmful activities on the computer.

As we have mentioned before, the WinTonic employs a shady marketing technique to increase their sales. We do not support such strategies, and we do not recommend trusting the scan results provided by the program. Therefore, even though Win Tonic can hardly damage the system, except cause some slowdowns, we cannot refer to it as a reliable tool to use. 

We suggest you remove Win Tonic instead of buying the license. However, if you think that your computer might be infected with a virus or you want to fix corrupt registry entries after a malware attack, you can check the system with ReimageIntego. We can ensure that this tool is reliable and help to fix the computer.

Talking about Win Tonic removal, you should be able to uninstall it via Control Panel like any other program. If you are not sure how to do it, follow the guidelines given at the end of this article. However, if you did not install the tool purposely and it showed up out of nowhere, that's a sign that you ended up installing software bundle. Therefore, there may be a couple of other unwanted programs on your PC, which is why we recommend you to remove Win Tonic and its companions with the help of anti-malware tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

Win Tonic program screenshotWin Tonic is a PC optimization software that might deliver fake scan results in order to promote its paid version.

Questionable PC optimization software may spread by bundling

The program is available to download and purchase on the official developer’s website However, security specialists from[4] noted that such programs are often being spread with the help of bundling. This software marketing method allows adding programs in software packages and spreading together with them. In this way, programs can get into the system unnoticed if users do not pay attention to software installation. They can unintentionally install unwanted apps if they use Quick/Standard installation settings.

Differently than Advanced/Custom settings, Quick/Recommended do not openly disclose what additional components might be attached to the primary program. Therefore, to fully monitor the installation procedure and stop infiltration of unwanted apps, you have to use Advanced settings and opt-out third-party programs.

Win Tonic promotion campaignsWin Tonic is distributed by bundling and misleading pop-ups

Moreover, this untrustworthy optimizer may be involved in marketing campaigns, which trick people into downloading this tool by clicking on ads, such as Your Windows Computer Is Infected With (4) Viruses! or Your WINDOWS 10 is infected with (3) Viruses!, and similar. Such and similar ads may open while browsing the web, especially when visiting unknown third-party websites. Clicking on such ads may redirect the browser to Win Tonic affiliate websites. Therefore, be careful when searching the web: do not click on suspicious hyperlinks, ads, pop-ups or banners unless you are sure what's behind them. Our strong recommendation would be to keep a reputable antivirus program with real-time protection installed and update it regularly. It will minimize the chances of getting PUPs and viruses installed. 

Uninstall WinTonic and check the system for PUPs

You should be able to remove Win Tonic as an ordinary program from Windows. You have to access Control Panel, click Uninstall button and follow the guide on the screen. However, if the program was installed in the software bundle, we recommend taking extra steps.

You should also look up for other questionable programs or browser extensions installed. The same software package may have included a couple of applications, and some of them might be potentially dangerous or cause other unwanted activities on the browser.

If you want to find and terminate these entries quickly, you should opt for automatic Win Tonic removal which requires scanning the system with anti-malware software. However, you can follow the manual removal instructions below too.

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 Win Tonic, follow these steps:

Uninstall Win Tonic from Windows systems

If you have installed Win Tonic in a software bundle, follow the guide below to look up for other suspicious components on the computer and web browsers. Some users report that they found adware programs and other potentially unwanted apps. Hence, you should not only eliminate suspicious programs but reset web browser too:

To remove Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic (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.

Eliminate Win Tonic from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Win Tonic from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic 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,
  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 Win Tonic removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic-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

Remove Win Tonic from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Follow these steps to reset Mozilla Firefox:

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 Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic removal.Reset Firefox 2

Delete Win Tonic from Google Chrome

This guide will help to delete suspicious components from Goolge 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 Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic-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 Win Tonic removal.Reset Chrome 2

Uninstall Win Tonic 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 Win Tonic 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

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.


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