PCCleaner - How To Remove?

Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware

PCCleaner is a rogue anti-spyware program – one of the many fake spyware removers roaming the internet today. This scam is no different than any other rogue out there: PCCleaner infects the system by using trojans, such as Zlob or Vundo, and uses various tactics to prove it’s legitimacy, which is rather a difficult task for an illegitimate program.

Once inside and active, PCCleaner floods the user with endless popups and fake system notifications to "inform" him of an infection. This infection is most likely non-existent, but disinformation is the whole point of these attacks, since PCCleaner hopes to be purchased as the first anti-spyware tool, which comes to mind, or, rather, the one, which your browser will redirect you to.

PCCleaner’s website isn’t any different than any other rogue’s: there is actually less useful content in pc-cleaner.com than most rogue websites provide, there is no contact information, there is no legitimate payment system (as a matter of fact, if you remove the end part of the URL, you find a payment form for UltimateFixer – another rogue) and the domain’s registration is rather weird.

PCCleaner is a scam and should be treated as such: do NOT download or buy it and block pc-cleaner.com using your HOSTS file.

Automatic PCCleaner removal tools

Note: Reimage trial provides detection of parasites and assists in their removal for free. You can remove detected files, processes and registry entries yourself or purchase a full version.  We might be affiliated with some of these programs. Full information is available in disclosure

Manual removal


Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove PCCleaner, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using Reimage or other tools found on 2-viruses.com.


About the author

I am an attentive virus researcher. My interests include discussions about deceptive online content and rogue software applications. All of our goal is to minimize the risks that many people encounter during browsing and help them figure out the main hints that might indicate that a program or a website is of a fraudulent nature.

March 28, 2008 17:30, March 28, 2008 17:30

13 thoughts on “PCCleaner

  1. I cannot find any of these files. I keep running the virus and anti-spyware programs to get rid of it, and it keeps on doing its thing. What can I do?


  2. I downloaded, installed, and ran Spyware Doctor on a full system scan and PC-Cleaner still is flashing its virus warnings. How can I get rid of this?

  3. Update: I downloaded and ran Malwarebyte’s Anti-Malware (free version), ran a full system scan, and that found and got rid of PC-Cleaner finally.

  4. PC cleaner is the worst piece of crap I’ve ever had to deal with. It will not uninstall with the uninstall program and when you call the number to get it removed you get about an hour of propaganda of why you should buy it. They claim they are endorsed by Windows and Microsoft, but I doubt it. Don’t get involved in this scam.

  5. The thing that perturbs me most that my hotmail web page carries advertizing for PCCleaner and that Microsoft turns a blind eye to this scandal.

  6. There’s a hidden ‘uninstall’ button on the annoying ‘call us’ popup. Try pressing the Enter key when you see the popup. It seems to uninstall properly from there

  7. A. Feimann #9 idea with the geekuninstaller.com worked beautifully to remove that piece of garbage from my programs when nothing was working!! thanks to him!!!

  8. i Removed all the files on your List and ran uninstall in safe mode + spyhunter + Malwarebytes Anti-Malware + Loaris Trojan Remover Thay found stuff but when i go to install my antiVirus it still tells me to first remove PC CLeaner Pro
    how can i get MY payed AVG antiVirus to install on win 7 with a dam bit of PC CLeaner Pro still on my pc or help me remove pc cleaner pro 🙁

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