How to Uninstall PC Smart Cleanup?

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Issue: How to Uninstall PC Smart Cleanup?

A while ago I installed PC Smart Cleanup thinking that it will speed up my computer. I did not notice any improvement. I uninstalled the utility, but after rebooting the computer, the application is still visible in the startup menu. Is there any way to uninstall it permanently?

Solved Answer

PC Smart Cleanup is presented as a seemingly useful PC optimization tool which repairs corrupted registry entries and generally improves the overall performance of the device.

Recently, malware researchers discovered its dubious distribution campaign. Besides its official website, it is also promoted in the tech support scam – Your computer is heavily damaged by (4) virus! scam. 

After installing the program, it will scan the system and display hundreds of issues detected. Purchasing the full version will “solve” the problems. Note that due to such marketing technique, your system might become more vulnerable. Such tools hardly improve the overall performance of the utility. More information about this tool can be found in this review.

The screenshot of the official PC Smart Cleanup website and online scam promoting the tool

In fact, PC optimization applications may cause troubles. Microsoft issued an official statement condemning these tools. According to the report, the software, which supposedly repairs damaged registry entries, may indeed corrupt or delete necessary ones.

Additionally, trusted security tools label this program as Rogue.PCSmartCleanup. Therefore, they reveal its deceptive origin. You can uninstall the program manually as well as automatically. 

Option 1. Terminate PCSmartCleanup via the Task ManagerTerminate PC Smart Cleanup process on the Task Manager

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  1. Click ESC+CTRL+SHIFT to launch the program.
  2. Locate pcsmartcleanup_popup.exe, right-click on it and choose End Task.

Option 2. Uninstall the program via the Control PanelEnter Control Panel to uninstall PC Smart Cleanup

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  1. Click on the Start button and enter Control Panel.
  2. Choose Programs and then Uninstall a program.
  3. Locate PC Smart Cleanup and click the Uninstall option.

Note that after removal, you might notice its logo on the startup menu. It only indicates previously used applications. If you suspect that some of the files might have left, check for its registry files. Below steps indicate how you can launch Registry Editor.

Option 3. Look for its remnants with the Registry EditorThe image illutsrtating Registry Editor

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  1. Click Windows+X keys and type regedit. Hit Enter button.
  2. Once the program opens, choose the Edit section and select Find Next function.
  3. Type PC Smart Cleanup.
  4. It if it finds any related files, delete them.

Option 3. Use malware elimination tool

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If the previous removal attempts were unsuccessful, scan the device with Reimage or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The tool will eliminate all components of the program.

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You can uninstall this program with the help of the step-by-step guide presented to you by experts. To save your time, we have also selected tools that will help you carry out this task automatically. If you are in a hurry or if you feel that you are not experienced enough to uninstall the program by your own, feel free to use these solutions:

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Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

Data recovery software is one of the options that could help you recover your files. Once you delete a file, it does not vanish into thin air – it remains on your system as long as no new data is written on top of it. Data Recovery Pro is recovery software that searchers for working copies of deleted files within your hard drive. By using the tool, you can prevent loss of valuable documents, school work, personal pictures, and other crucial files.

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Security researcher

Lucia Danes is the news editor at UGetFix. She is always on the move because the eager for knowledge makes her travel around the globe and attend InfoSec events and conferences.

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