How to Remove PC Optimizer Pro (Uninstall Guide)

PC Optimizer Pro is a registry cleaner program, which is promoted via other free downloads, and once installed it claims that several issues were been detected on your computer.
If you try to fix these problems, PC Optimizer Pro will state that you need to buy its full version before being able to do so.
[Image: PC Optimizer Pro virus]

[Image: PC Utilities Pro - Optimizer Pro]
PC Optimizer Pro is a paid registry cleaner program that is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this program. Very often users have no idea where did it come from, so it’s not surprising at all that most of them assume that PC Optimizer Pro is a virus. This program is also bundled within the custom installer on many reputable download sites, so if you have downloaded a software from these websites, chances are that PC Optimizer Pro was installed during the software setup process.

PC Optimizer Pro it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.
Some examples of the interface, fake alerts, fake scanning results, and pop-ups displayed by PC Optimizer Pro are shown below:


The Windows registry is a database that Windows and its applications store their settings in. It contains hundreds of thousands of entries. Some of the entries may be slightly outdated — maybe you’ve uninstalled a program and it left a key or two behind, or maybe a there’s a file extension with no associated application.
PC Optimizer Pro scan your registry for these outdated entries and offer to remove them. Because there are so many registry entries to go through, this program may sometimes also remove useful registry entries, causing you problems. The Web is full of stories from people who have run a registry cleaner and encountered problems. In a best case scenario, PC Optimizer Pro will remove a few hundred unnecessary entries and reduce the size of your registry by a few kilobytes. This makes no different in perceptible performance.
If you must use a registry cleaner, you don’t have to pay anything. Using a free registry cleaner, such as the registry cleaner included with the respected CCleaner utility, is good enough.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this PC Optimizer Pro. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove PC Optimizer Pro (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove PC Optimizer Pro pop-ups from your computer, and any other adware program that may have been installed during the the setup process.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall PC Optimizer Pro program from your computer
STEP 2: Remove PC Optimizer Pro adware with AdwCleaner
STEP 3: Remove PC Optimizer Pro browser hijackers with Junkware Removal Tool
STEP 4: Remove PC Optimizer Pro virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 5: Double-check for the PC Optimizer Pro infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall PC Optimizer Pro programs from your computer

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. To uninstall the PC Optimizer Pro program from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the Start button, then click on the Control Panel menu option.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows Start Menu]
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel” .Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows 8]
  2. When the Control Panel window opens click on the Uninstall a program option under Programs category. This option is shown by the arrow in the image below. If you are using the Classic View of the Control Panel, then you would double-click on the Programs and Features icon instead.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  3. When the Programs and Features or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall PC Optimizer Pro and any other recently installed or unknown programs from your computer.
    To view the most recently installed programs, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your program by the installation date. Scroll though the list, and uninstall any unwanted or unknown programs.
    [Image: Uninstall PC Optimizer Pro program from Windows]
    If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the PC Optimizer Pro program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completly remove the unwated programs from your machine.

STEP 2: Remove PC Optimizer Pro adware from your computer with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and web browser for the “PC Optimizer Pro” malicious files, browser extensions and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the “Scan” button as shown below.
    Click on Scan button to find PC Optimizer Pro virus
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for the “PC Optimizer Pro” malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the “PC Optimizer Pro” malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “Clean” button.
    Remove PC Optimizer Pro virus with AdwCleaner
  5. AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or documents, as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.
    AdwCleaner removing PC Optimizer Pro virus

STEP 3: Remove PC Optimizer Pro browser hijackers with Junkware Removal Tool

Junkware Removal Tool is a powerful utility, which will remove PC Optimizer Pro browser hijacker from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome.

  1. You can download the Junkware Removal Tool utility from the below link:
    JUNKWARE REMOVAL TOOL DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download the Junkware Removal Tool utility on your computer)
  2. Once Junkware Removal Tool has finished downloading, please double-click on the JRT.exe icon as seen below.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool]
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run Junkware Removal Tool, please allow it to run.
  3. Junkware Removal Tool will now start, and at the Command Prompt, you’ll need to press any key to perform a scan for the PC Optimizer Pro virus.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool scanning for PC Optimizer Pro virus]
    Please be patient as this can take a while to complete (up to 10 minutes) depending on your system’s specifications.
  4. When the scan Junkware Removal Tool will be completed, this utility will display a log with the malicious files and registry keys that were removed from your computer.
    [Image: Junkware Removal Tool final log]

STEP 4: Remove PC Optimizer Pro virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. Once downloaded, close all programs, then double-click on the icon on your desktop named “mbam-setup-consumer-2.00.xx” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware setup program]
    Picture of User Account Control You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
  3. When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard]
    To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Final Setup Screen]
  4. Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “Fix Now” button.
    [Image: Click on the Fix Now button to start a scan]
    Alternatively, you can click on the “Scan” tab and select “Threat Scan“, then click on the “Scan Now” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Threat Scan]
  5. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now check for updates, and if there are any, you will need to click on the “Update Now” button.
    [Image: Click on Update Now to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
  6. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for the PC Optimizer Pro virus. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is scanning it will look like the image below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while performing a scan]
  7. When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti-malware has found, click on the “Quarantine All” button, and then click on the “Apply Now” button.
    [Image: Remove PC Optimizer Pro with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
    Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
  8. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing PC Optimizer Pro]
    After your computer will restart, you should open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats

STEP 5: Double-check for the PC Optimizer Pro infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti-virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named “HitmanPro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “HitmanPro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    [Image: HitmanPro start-up screen]
    Click on the “Next” button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro setup options]
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for PC Optimizer Pro malicious files.
    [Image: HitmanPro scanning for malware]
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove PC Optimizer Pro virus.
    [Image: HitmanPro scan results]
  5. Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro Activate Free License]

Your computer should now be free of the PC Optimizer Pro infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the Premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove PC Optimizer Pro adware from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • Terry

    This was great, I thank you so much for the time you took to create this comprehensive list of programs to remove this malware. If only people would quit creating these types of programs.

  • SmartFire

    Thanks so much for the wonderful step-by-step instructions. I was worried as I started to get increased pop-up ads at step 3, but the Malwarebytes scan seemed to have cleaned them up. Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us neophytes!

  • Hula

    Thank you!! Step 3 is what removed the optima pro and step 1 removed the rest of the junk

  • Gaz

    Great post, very concise… My Missus downloaded Mozilla fire fox ad by mistake and it downloaded all sorts of stuff… all clean now though thx…

  • Tom Leonard

    How do you ever know if these things are real or not? After getting hit with Optimizer Pro from downloading CamStudio (don’t ever do that!) I checked around and so many things looked like they could be something else tricking me. But I took the plunge and used these steps and everything seems back to normal. Thanks for the help!

  • lol

    Awesome post. Very helpful. Thanks

  • Maz

    Fantastic help. Such clear instructions. Would like to add that resetting the browser settings got rid of the left over pop up ads. Thanks a million

  • jeannytrew

    I had the same situation as Doc T. Thanks so much for your help!

  • Shadow

    Saved my effing life mate! Thanks a lot! :)

  • DocT

    Thanks a million – I seem to have gotten Optimizer Pro when I downloaded VLC Media Player from a site that my Norton Security said was OK. I have followed all of your instructions here and I am so relieved to NOT have browser windows popping up all the time! I knew something was not right, but I wasn’t sure what was the source – and very quickly suspected this Optimizer Pro. I had declined all of the various other software options that came with the free VLC Media Player download, so I didn’t understand how Optimizer Pro showed up.
    Now, my question that remains is: I wanted VLC Media player, and I appear to have it. However, in Step 1, you recommend uninstalling any other software that was installed at the same time as Optimizer Pro. Does that mean I should also uninstall VLC Media player? Or, now that I followed all of your instructions, is it safe to keep the VLC Media player I have or do you think this is still intertwined with the malicious Optimizer Pro?
    After going through all of this, I am leery of deleting VLC Media player and then finding another one to try to download from the internet! Who knows what will come bundled with the next one I download?
    Aside from this one point that wasn’t very clear to me, I found the instructions extremely clear and helpful and plan to make a donation as soon as I can next afford to – will definitely make a point of it.
    Quite frankly, with your writing skills and ability to bring very clear step-by-step instructions to the largely computer illiterate public (many of us are barely able to keep up with the technology), you should be a highly paid consultant or employee of a company like Microsoft whose instructions in trouble-shooting and training are often as clear as mud….
    Keep up the good work.

  • Bill Turner

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’ve been wrestling with this virus for days after a “free” download of ilivid. My computer is back to normal again. BTW, I may be wrong, but I don’t think HitmanPro offers a free 30 day trial anymore. It was worth the small subscription to make sure I’ve rid my machine of this nonsense. Just made donation. Keep up the good work!

  • C Miller

    Thank you for all your work putting this together, Stelian!

  • EM Choo

    Thanks u very much and may u be happy, peaceful n well..Warmesr Regards fm EM

  • Sahil Malhotra

    PC Optimizer pro is really good utility , help me in keeping my PC optimized and running write. They are running a offer these days . Just superb guys . Best in customer service.

  • Kyle Brumbaugh

    Great write up thank you!

  • Jenny

    Thank you SO much! My mom downloaded the optimizer pro accidentally and called me in tears. Thanks to you we are up and running again with out having to wipe out the whole lap top and start all over. Saved us so much time. A million times Thank You!

  • Sunny

    You are the shining white fire that burns the dreaded infection on the computers of the people who read your advice. Thank you so much for preventing a computer catastrophe!

  • http://www.thelooseleash.ca Suzy

    Wow, thank you doesn’t seem to be enough! This is a huge help and absolutely wonderful to know there are people out there that want to help! Thank you! Great site and great work you are doing!

  • Anonymous

    Well done…thank you. You should accept donations in Bitcoin. :)

  • IraDove

    thanks a lot! :)

  • Cameron

    thank you so much and even now my steam games are running smoother i would donate but im underage but thank you so much

    • Autisten Savant

      Not surprising, what kind of adult would fall for a shitty PUP like this?

      • JohnOh1

        A lot of people. and theyre not just kids….I fix the mal lthe time…..

      • Pegster

        Clearly you do not work in tech support, LOL!

    • Nathan Schubert

      I’m helping a friend remove it, but if I could I would donate.

  • Robert W. Branski

    Thank you very much! Directions worked perfectly, and pieces of this obnoxious virus were just washing away!!! THANK YOU! :)

  • Louize

    thank you, thank you ! Great support !

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    Totally waiting to see if this works

  • Jawsh

    You are a lifesaver,sir!
    I bought this laptop less than a week ago,and Optimizer Pro as well as My PCBackup invade it.
    Hail Google and your site!
    I wish I could donate,but Im under-age and hence,don’t have a salary :P
    But your site is amazing and I’ll share it!
    Keep up the great work!

  • Care9696

    TYVM! Good help I am buying these products :)

  • K

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ever thankful – Trinidad

    Thank youu so veryy muchh!

  • Ryan

    OMG!! Thank you so much for these tips!! I downloaded oovoo & pro optimizer got onto my computer somehow & screwed up my whole computer, but thanks to you it’s back to normal :)

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Salut,
    Poti sa rulezi un scan cu Combofix ca sa vad ce se intampla cu laptop-ul. Uite instructiunile:

    You can download ComboFix from here: http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/sUBs/ComboFix.exe

    VERY IMPORTANT !!! Save as Combo-Fix.exe during the download.ComboFix must be renamed before you download to your Desktop

    Close any open browsers.

    Very Important!!!> Temporarily disable your anti-virus, script blocking and any anti-malware real-time protection before performing a scan. They can interfere with ComboFix or remove some of its embedded files which may cause “unpredictable results”.

    WARNING: Combofix will disconnect your machine from the Internet as soon as it starts

    Please do not attempt to re-connect your machine back to the Internet until Combofix has completely finished.

    If there is no internet connection after running Combofix, then restart your computer to restore back your connection.

    1. Double click on ComboFix.exe & follow the prompts.

    2. Accept the disclaimer and allow to update if it asks

    3. When finished, it shall produce a log for you.

    Notes:

    Do not mouse-click Combofix’s window while it is running. That may cause it to stall.

    Do not “re-run” Combofix. If you have a problem, reply back for further instructions.

    If after the reboot you get errors about programs being marked for deletion then reboot, that will cure it.

    Please post the Combofix, so that I can get an idea on what’s going on.
    Next, please run a scan with HitmanPro and Malwarebytes, then let me know how is your computer running.

    • Vali Madaran

      Salut.
      Mersi mult pentru raspuns. In timp ce asteptam moderarea comentului m-am mai uitat pe site si am descoperit faza cu “Safe mod and network”. Asa am reusit sa trec mai departe la pasii urmatori si sper eu ca am rezolvat treaba. Acum o sa incerc sa-i las pe laptop (cum am mai citit pe aici si pe forum) mai multe layere de aparare si sa aiba si el mai multa grija pe unde mai da click.
      N-am mai reusit sa te tin la curent pt ca a trebuit sa plec la servici.
      Asa cum zice cineva prin commenturi: “Two thumbs up”. Iti multumesc mult de tot pentru site-ul asta si sper sa reusesc sa-i zic ceva lui Mos Craciun despre tine.
      Tine-o tot asa.

      • YELO

        thank you sooooooooooo much i got rid of all the stupid viruses i had

  • stella

    thank you thank you thank you!

  • starscream-tdog

    Thank you so much. Finally got rid of PCOptimizer Pro!!! :)