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 Some of the entries may be slightly outdated — maybe you’ve uninstalled a program and it left a key or two behind, or maybe a there’s a file extension with no associated application.
PC Optimizer Pro scan your registry for these outdated entries and offer to remove them.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.

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 programs 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

  1. To uninstall the PC Optimizer Pro program from your computer, click the Start button, then select Control Panel, and click on Uninstall a program.
    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, then select Uninstall a program.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  2. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall PC Optimizer Pro, Optimizer Pro v3.1 and any other recently installed or unknown programs from your computer.
    [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 this unwated program from your machine.
Depending on what program has installed PC Optimizer Pro, the above programs may have a different name or not be installed on your computer.


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

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer for PC Optimizer Pro adware, 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.
    [Image: 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 Search button as shown below.
    [Image: AdwCleaner scanning for PC Optimizer Pro Search]
    The program will now start to search for PC Optimizer Pro adware that may be installed on your computer. When it has finished it will display a notepad screen that contains a log file of all the PC Optimizer Pro browser extensions, files, and registry keys that have been detected. Unless you see a program name that you know should not be removed, please close the Notepad window and continue with the next step.
  4. To remove the PC Optimizer Pro malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the Delete button on the AdwCleaner screen.
    [Image: Adwcleaner removing PC Optimizer Pro virus]
    AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or data as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.
  5. AdwCleaner will now delete all detected adware from your computer. When it is done it will display an alert that explains what PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) and Adware are. Please read through this information and then press the OK button. You will now be presented with an alert that states AdwCleaner needs to reboot your computer.
    Please click on the OK button to let AdwCleaner reboot your computer.

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

  1. You can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free from the below link, then double-click on the icon named mbam-setup.exe to install this program.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK(This link will open a download page in a new window from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the setup process, then at the last screen click on the Finish button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware final installation screen]
  3. On the Scanner tab, select Perform quick scan, and then click on the Scan button to start searching for the PC Optimizer Pro malicious files.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Quick Scan]
  4. Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for PC Optimizer Pro as shown below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanning for PC Optimizer Pro virus]
  5. When the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan has finished, click on the Show Results button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scan results]
  6. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the computer infections that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected. Make sure that everything is Checked (ticked), then click on the Remove Selected button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malwar removing PC Optimizer Pro]

Double-check for the PC Optimizer Pro infection with HitmanPro

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a 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.
    HitmanPro scanner
    Click on the Next button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    HitmanPro installation
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for PC Optimizer Pro malicious files.
    HitmanPro detecting for PC Optimizer Pro virus
  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 adware.
    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 30 days activation button]

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 PRO 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 virus from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance

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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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.

  • stella

    thank you thank you thank you!

  • starscream-tdog

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