PC OptiClean is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that users can accidentally download from the Internet. In addition to this, it is a rogue system optimizer which is presented as a tool, allowing users to keep their PCs at their optimal peak performance. Nevertheless, its free version can show false positives and urge people to download the premium variant. The same strategy is used by developers of such rogue security software as Advanced PC Care and PC Smart Cleanup.
While they are not malicious, they do pose a threat to users since people might be tricked into purchasing an unnecessary tool. Security researchers from Sophos have also emphasized that this PC OptiClean infection should be classified among PUAs (potentially unwanted applications).
PC OptiClean PUP will secretly slither into computers and urge people to download its premium version for $29.97
In the official website of PC OptiClean computer infection, we found out that the program is compatible with Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. It promises that the tool will adequately take of your operating system by managing registry entries, temporary registry values, temporary Internet files, visited pages, logs of conversations in Skype, Yahoo, junk files, invalid shortcuts, performance and optimization settings, programs loaded at startup and other various security issues. All of these nicely-sounding features are common to all rogue system optimizers: PC Purifier claims to offer the same assistance.
However, such tools like Avast, ESET-NOD32, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes and Panda are all united on one evaluation: it is a potentially unwanted program. In some cases, the program is indicated as a “Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCCLEAN.bn” or even “Trojan.bas.Samca” (Antivirus scan: VirusTotal). The name “Trojan” could also be applicable in this case as the PC OptiClean virus appears to write data to a remote process (Hybrid analysis).
The analyzed tool is a product by Seguro Software LLC. We have to emphasize that PC OptiClean should not be regarded as a malicious program, but it should be treated with caution. Security researchers are constantly reminding users not to purchase system optimizers as they are unnecessary (10 Types of System Tools and Optimization Programs You Don’t Need on Windows).
In most cases, they are unable to detect real problems. Mostly all of the rogue system managers offer free versions of their programs or free trials. They are just as deceptive since users will be informed of “high-risk situations” in their computers. Of course, the only solution, offered by tools like GoPCPro, is to purchase their full version.
If you really wish to have your operating system protected and well-maintained, you have to download a respectable tool. Nowadays, it is extremely important to have an anti-malware tool. It will take care of your operating system by finding issues that have to be immediately solved. Spyhunter is one of those efficient software tools that we are recommending you. It will allow you to run thorough scans and find possible sources of malicious activity.
How do potentially unwanted programs like PC OptiClean infection enter computers?
There is a number of ways that potentially unwanted applications can end up in operating systems. Obviously, people can voluntarily get PC OptiClean rogue optimizer. However, this is not always the case. Another technique for their distribution is “bundling”. This means that people can install tools together with other freeware applications. During Setups, it is important to read all of the conditions. If you notice offers for additional programs, refuse them.
Before downloading a program, you should always check whether it is respectable. Many free tools are created for the monetization purposes and have hidden conditions (like, displays of third-party ads). For this reason, we hope you will not download programs randomly. However, sometimes tools can arrive because of the drive-by technique. This means that the tool will be installed automatically from an infectious website. Please be careful not to enter suspicious domains.
How to remove PC OptiClean using Windows Control PanelMany hijackers and adware like PC OptiClean install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
- Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel and then press Enter (Windows 8, Windows 10).
- Choose Uninstall Program (if you don't see it, click in the upper right next to "View by" and select Category).
- Go through the list of programs and select entries related to PC OptiClean . You can click on "Name" or "Installed On" to reorder your programs and make PC OptiClean easier to find.
- Click the Uninstall button. If you're asked if you really want to remove the program, click Yes.
- In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
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