Are you seeing PC Software Cleaner pop ups on your desktop every time you start your computer? This means that your PC has become a victim of the potentially unwanted software (PUP or PUA). The PC Software Cleaner is a potentially unwanted program. It is called PC Software Cleaner claims to help users optimize and clean their computer.
Once installed and started, the PC Software Cleaner will perform a scan of whole system and detect a lot of problems. PC Software Cleaner will offer to purchase its full version to try to fix these problems. If you need a system optimize software then you do not have to pay anything, simply use the CCleaner utility. It is free, respected software that will be useful for clean and optimize your computer.
Currently, the PC Software Cleaner is widely spread, due to the fact that most people are trying to find freeware, download and install them on the system without proper attention to the fact that an unwanted software can be installed onto the computer along with them.
These days some free programs developers bundle third-party apps which could be potentially unwanted programs such as the PC Software Cleaner, with a view to making some money. These are not free applications as install an unwanted applications on to your Windows PC. So whenever you install a new free program that downloaded from the Web, be very careful during install. Carefully read the EULA (a text with I ACCEPT/I DECLINE button), choose custom or manual install type, disable all bundled software.
To find out how to delete PC Software Cleaner, we suggest to read the steps added to this post below. The guidance was designed by experienced security specialists who discovered a solution to delete the annoying potentially unwanted program out of the computer.
Remove PC Software Cleaner
Even if you have the up-to-date classic antivirus installed, and you have checked your PC system for malicious software and removed anything found, you need to do the instructions below. The PC Software Cleaner removal is not simple as installing another antivirus. Classic antivirus software are not made to run together and will conflict with each other, or possibly crash Windows. Instead we suggest complete the manual steps below after that run Zemana Free and MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM), which are free software dedicated to detect and remove PC Software Cleaner and other unwanted applications. Run these tools to ensure the potentially unwanted program is removed.
To remove PC Software Cleaner, follow the steps below:
- How to get rid of PC Software Cleaner without any software
- How to delete PC Software Cleaner PUP with freeware
How to get rid of PC Software Cleaner without any software
The few simple steps will help you remove PC Software Cleaner PUP. These PC Software Cleaner removal steps work for the Windows 10, as well as other versions of Microsoft Windows operating system including Windows 8, 7 and XP.
Uninstall PC Software Cleaner using MS Windows Control Panel
First of all, check the list of installed programs on your PC and uninstall all unknown and recently installed software. If you see an unknown application with incorrect spelling or varying capital letters, it have most likely been installed by malware and you should clean it off first with malicious software removal tool like Zemana Anti-malware.
Windows 8, 8.1, 10
Once the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as shown in the figure below.
You will see the ‘Uninstall a program’ panel as on the image below.
Very carefully look around the entire list of programs installed on your machine. Most probably, one of them is the PC Software Cleaner PUP. If you have many software installed, you can help simplify the search of harmful programs by sort the list by date of installation. Once you have found a suspicious, unwanted or unused application, right click to it, after that click ‘Uninstall’.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
After the Windows ‘Control Panel’ opens, you need to click ‘Uninstall a program’ under ‘Programs’ as displayed in the figure below.
You will see a list of applications installed on your PC. We recommend to sort the list by date of installation to quickly find the programs that were installed last. Most likely, it is the PC Software Cleaner. If you are in doubt, you can always check the program by doing a search for her name in Google, Yahoo or Bing. After the program which you need to delete is found, simply click on its name, and then press ‘Uninstall’ as displayed below.
Remove scheduled tasks created by PC Software Cleaner
If the PC Software Cleaner opens automatically on Windows startup or at equal time intervals, then you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and get rid of all the tasks which have been created by unwanted apps.
Press Windows and R keys on your keyboard together. It will display a dialog box which titled as Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and press OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, press “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Select the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Necessary to look at the text which is written under Details. If you are not sure that executes the task, then google it.
Further click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as displayed below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks that have been created by the PC Software Cleaner. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to delete PC Software Cleaner with freeware
Manual removal is not always as effective as you might think. Often, even the most experienced users can not completely remove any potentially unwanted programs like PC Software Cleaner. So, we suggest to check your PC system for any remaining malicious components with free removal tools below.
Use Zemana Anti-malware to get rid of PC Software Cleaner
Zemana Anti-malware is a tool which can remove adware, potentially unwanted apps, hijackers and other malicious software from your machine easily and for free. Zemana Anti-malware is compatible with most antivirus software. It works under Windows (10 – XP, 32 and 64 bit) and uses minimum of system resources.
- Download Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) by clicking on the link below.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: April 20, 2017
- When the downloading process is finished, close all programs and windows on your system. Open a folder in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once installation is done, press the “Scan” button . Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) tool will start scanning the whole computer to find out any PUPs like PC Software Cleaner. While the tool is scanning, you may see how many objects and files has already scanned.
- After that process is complete, the results are displayed in the scan report. When you’re ready, click “Next”. When disinfection is complete, you can be prompted to reboot your machine.
Run Malwarebytes to remove PC Software Cleaner potentially unwanted program
Manual PC Software Cleaner removal requires some computer skills. Some files and registry entries that created by the potentially unwanted program can be not completely removed. We suggest that use the Malwarebytes Free that are completely free your machine of PUP. Moreover, the free application will allow you to delete malicious software, PUPs, hijacker infections and toolbars that your computer can be infected too.
- Download MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Category: Security tools
Update: November 9, 2017
- After downloading is done, close all programs and windows on your computer. Open a directory in which you saved it. Double-click on the icon that’s named mb3-setup.
- Further, press Next button and follow the prompts.
- Once install is finished, press the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the PC Software Cleaner. A system scan may take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your personal computer. When a malware, ad supported software or potentially unwanted programs are found, the number of the security threats will change accordingly.
- Once finished, MalwareBytes Anti Malware will produce a list of undesired and ad supported software programs. Review the scan results and then click “Quarantine Selected”. When disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC.
The following video offers a tutorial on how to get rid of hijackers, ad-supported software and other malicious software with MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM).
How to stay safe online
In order to increase your security and protect your system against new annoying ads and malicious web pages, you need to run ad blocking program that stops an access to malicious ads and web sites. Moreover, the program may stop the show of intrusive advertising, that also leads to faster loading of web-sites and reduce the consumption of web traffic.
Installing the AdGuard ad-blocking program is simple. First you’ll need to download AdGuard by clicking on the link below.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 7, 2017
When downloading is complete, double-click the downloaded file to start it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as on the image below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick tutorial as displayed on the screen below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your PC system, AdGuard will start automatically and block pop-up advertisements, as well as other harmful or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, which is located on your desktop.
To sum up
Once you have finished the step-by-step instructions outlined above, your computer should be clean from the PC Software Cleaner and other unwanted applications. Unfortunately, if the tutorial does not help you, then you have caught a new PUP, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the undesired PC Software Cleaner PUP.