Somehow, One Click PC Cleaner reports that various threats exist on my computer. It lists many Trojans that I never heard before. I am scared. I called One Click PC Cleaner company for tech support and bought their software, but it didn’t work. Are those threats able to damage my system and access my bank account detail? I am not a computer expert. I have no idea how to get rid of them. Please help.
One Click PC Cleaner is a rogue system optimizer that displays fake system alerts to scare you into purchasing its full version of rouge software. Though it has a similar name with the reputable anti-virus software, it is not useful at all. It is just an unwanted program which is trying to grab money from you. It is capable of scanning your system and showing fake scanning results without your permission which is supported by browser hijacker to promote suspicious computer support services. On the warning page, it provides free toll number for you to get remote support. Do not call the number as it is a fake tech support company. As virus infection becomes common nowadays, every computer user needs security program. However, many types of rouge security program have been created to scam people. It is not easy for you to identify which one is fake as it is well-designed by the hackers and looks real. If you see sudden pop-up alerts from unknown program like One Click PC Cleaner, you should note that your computer has been infected with malicious program. It can bring threats onto your computer instead if protecting it. You need to get rid of it right now.
You may have no idea when you installed One Click PC Cleaner. It is normal as it can sneak into your system in secret way. It is important to note that some application update pop-ups contain malicious program. When you are trying to click on an interesting program that you see online, it tells that you are not able to access that program. You have to update your Java to view. Sometimes, it pretends to be Adobe Player update and other legit program update. It also provides a link to update. Do not click on that link. It is not leading you to download Java or Adobe Player or other good programs but only the unwanted malicious programs. It takes advantage of other good reputable programs to trick users into installing malware. Hence, do not trust sudden application update pop-ups. It would be a better choice to update your application from its official website. Besides, you need to be cautious when dealing with freeware or shareware. Malicious adware and other malware will be installed along with freeware and shareware as plugins. You ought to forbid plugin installation when installing this kind of software to avoid One Click PC Cleaner and other malware.
The same with other rouge antivirus program, One Click PC Cleaner pretends to scan your system without your approval after you start your computer. After a while, a list of alerts with technical terms will be displayed which makes you believe that your computer is severely infected with viruses. In fact, those alerts do not exist at all. It just makes up the fake alerts to trick you into buying their software. After you call the provided number, they will ask you to buy their full version of virus removal tool. We do not suggest you follow their guide because the so-called virus removal tool is not capable to remove virus in reality. Do not waste money to buy something useless from One Click PC Cleaner company. In addition, it can access your Windows Task Manager which makes it difficult to remove. By blocking your original security program, it takes control of your computer well. More and more alerts will pop. Your computer will become sluggish and is barely usable.
Removing the One Click PC Cleaner rouge Antivirus seems to be difficult for ordinary computer users, even those famous antivirus programs cannot do that successfully. Hence, manual removal can ensure that the stubborn virus will be gone completely. As mentioned above, manual removal needs professional knowledge, because the lack of experience may cause errors resulting in some other unpredictable problems. The following guide provides a general concept of the removal. You may not be able to find out some certain files for the virus can be changed. If you fear the loss of important data, please consider making a backup before starting the removal.
1. Restart the Infected Computer into Safe Mode with Networking
(* Usually the malware will be temporarily disabled in Safe Mode which will provide users a chance to get this problem fixed. If you are still getting the virus popup in safe mode with networking, please try safe mode with command prompt instead.)
Restart your computer, immediately, quickly and repeatedly hit F8 key before the Windows start-up screen shows. Select “Safe Mode with Networking”, and then press Enter key.
2. Stop the Processes Related to One Click PC Cleaner Rouge Antivirus in Windows Task Manager
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc keys together and end the virus processes in the Processes tab of Windows Task Manager.
3. Show Hidden Files
(1). Press Win+R to get Run window
(2). Type Control Panel in the Run window and hit enter to get Control Panel
(3). Click on Appearance and Personalization
(3). Click on Folder Options
(4). Click on View tab in Folder Options window
(5). Tick Show hidden files, folders, and drives under Hidden files and folders tab
(6). Click Apply to take effect, then click OK at the bottom of the Folder Options window
4. Delete Virus Files
(1). Using Registry Editor to delete or adjust all the related registry entries of One Click PC Cleaner scam virus
*Guides to open Registry Editor:
Press Win+R key together to get the Run box, type in ‘regedit’ then click OK, Registry Editor window will pop up
(2). Find out and remove the associated files of this fake Antivirus
To prove that One Click PC Cleaner is a rogue system optimizer, you can start your computer without network connection. It is not able to work properly in this case. If alerts that One Click PC Cleaner mentions are not there any more, it proves that those alerts do not exist at all. You do not have to worry about the non-existed alerts. However, you need to know that One Click PC Cleaner is a computer threat itself. It will not stop trying to download more threats on your computer until it grabs all of your money. If you see One Click PC Cleaner program on your computer and are reading this article, get rid of this rogue system optimizer immediately. As One Click PC Cleaner is complicated enough and hides on your system well, we suggest you remove its related files manually to make sure that it will not come back.
Published by David MicKinney & last updated on April 24, 2016 12:55 pm