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Can't Uninstall "PC Cleaners 2012"

by shickley / February 25, 2012 11:09 PM PST

I wasn't paying attention (talking:)) and downloaded a program that turned out to be this monster (PC Cleaners 2012) that I can't get rid of.
The uninstall does not work in any form.
I ran my CCleaner and the uninstall in it, Add/Remove, Spy-bot,, MalwareBytes and Disk Cleanup.
Avast is still in place and running well.
I restarted in safe mode and ran them all again.
I left uninstall running for hours hoping it was just taking a long time. No luck.
The popup apparently blocks the uninstall.
I thought of using 'restore' but won't that still leave it on my machine?
Could someone please give me some advice?
My thanks....
Dell 4600, XP Home.

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Something else to try..
by Carol~ Forum moderator / February 26, 2012 12:28 AM PST


I'm not clear as to what you mean when you say, "I left uninstall running for hours".

Putting the above (temporarily) aside, first open the Task Manager and see if you find a "PCCleanerpro.exe" (or the like) running, under the Processes Tab. If there, highlight it and click on "End Process".

Many have had success removing PC Cleaner and other unwanted programs with the Revo Uninstaller. Their FREE version should do the job.

An added word of advice. As a result of a Google search, you will find various PC Cleaner removal guides. Some of them are considered "unsafe" with malicious content. Unless you have link scanner or safe browsing tool such as Web of Trust (WOT), I suggest you "proceed with caution".

Best of luck..

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Can't Uninstall
by shickley / February 26, 2012 2:05 AM PST

When I use add/remove and click remove, a popup from PC Cleaners comes up asking if I really want to uninstall. There is no button to click and the add/remove uninstall never uninstalls. It just sits there. Same with CCleaner.

And no it's not running in Task Manager until I try to uninstall then there is a uninst.exe that runs but never accomplishes anything. That is what I let run for hours hoping it was just real slow....as punishment:)

I've also now tried HouseCall no luck with it either.

Your added word of advice came too late:) I tried one of the other removal programs, out of desperation after 2 days, but at least was able to rid myself of it.

Thank you Carol.

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Uninstalling always leaves remnants behind....
by mchainmchain / February 26, 2012 4:02 AM PST
In reply to: Can't Uninstall

You could go here and seek help cleaning up left-behind files: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?board=4.0

They will help you even if you do not have Avast! antivirus on your computer. Be sure to state what you used to remove the program and follow the guide here: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=53253.0 and attach all logs. Option to attach is in lower left-hand corner under "Attachments and other options". Click that, and your options will open.

Remnants are important because a file left behind could still contact it's master's control server, and download new malware.

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by shickley / February 26, 2012 7:06 PM PST

I'm afraid the link instructions were a little too technical for me. I did gain some knowledge from all the reading on this problem. I ended up going where I've never been before (in 15 yrs.)....the registry. I believe it's gone from all the checking I've done now.

In the meantime I will slowly work on learning all the tricks in those instructions in case there is ever a 'next time'.
Thank you for the links.

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uninstalled PC Cleaners
by iking77 / October 19, 2012 1:33 PM PDT

I uninstalled PC Cleaners using this great uninstaller i-obit. It's very great try it on your computer if it doesn't work then try to find some other uninstaller, but i-obit should work.

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Beware that title.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2012 3:04 AM PDT

Other folk's experiences have me write "Avoid."

Next time read the prior answers and of course a nod to REVO.

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