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How to remove SecurePCCleaner

By on March 21, 2008 @ 04:22 PM | Read 5,652 times.
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SecurePCCleaner is a rogue privacy protection program that is in the same family as WinAnonymous and PrivacyConductor. SecurePCCleaner is advertised through the use of fake security alerts stating that your computer has some sort of security risk. These alerts are fake, and are being used to scare you into downloading the software. Once downloaded and installed, SecurePCCleaner will scan your computer and list a variety of security risks that are either highly exaggerated or entirely false. In order to remove these so-called threats, though, you would first need to purchase a license of the software. It goes without saying that you should not purchase this software.

 

SecurePCCleaner Screenshot
SecurePCCleaner Screenshot

 

This guide will walk you through removing the SecurePCCleaner program.

 

Threat Classification:

 

Entries for this program found in the Uninstall Programs control panel:

SecurePCCleaner 1.1.33.0
SecurePCCleaner 1.1.52.0

 

Tools Needed for this fix:

 

Symptoms that may be in a HijackThis Log:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SecurePCCleaner] C:\Program Files\SecurePCCleaner\GDC.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [gdcw] C:\Program Files\SecurePCCleaner\data\GDCW.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Salestart] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\SecurePCCleaner\stm.exe" dm=http://securepccleaner.com ad=http://securepccleaner.com sd=http://ilp.securepccleaner.com

 

Article Updates:

03/21/08 - Initial guide creation.

 


Automated Removal Instructions for SecurePCCleaner using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware:

  1. Print out these instructions as we will need to close every window that is open later in the fix.

  2. At this point you should download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, or MBAM, to scan your computer for any any infections or adware that may be present. Please download Malwarebytes from the following location and save it to your desktop:

    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Download Link (Download page will open in a new window)

  3. Once downloaded, close all programs and Windows on your computer, including this one.

  4. Double-click on the icon on your desktop named mbam-setup.exe. This will start the installation of MBAM onto your computer.

  5. When the installation begins, keep following the prompts in order to continue with the installation process. Do not make any changes to default settings and when the program has finished installing, make sure you leave Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware checked. Then click on the Finish button. If MalwareBytes prompts you to reboot, please do not do so.

  6. MBAM will now start and you will be at the main screen as shown below.



    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware


    Please click on the Scan Now button to start the scan. If there is an update available for Malwarebytes it will automatically download and install it before performing the scan.

  7. MBAM will now start scanning your computer for malware. This process can take quite a while, so we suggest you do something else and periodically check on the status of the scan to see when it is finished.



    Malwarebytes Anti-Malware


  8. When MBAM is finished scanning it will display a screen that displays any malware that it has detected. Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image below due to the guide being updated for newer versions of MBAM.


    MalwareBytes Scan Results


    You should now click on the Remove Selected button to remove all the listed malware. MBAM will now delete all of the files and registry keys and add them to the programs quarantine. When removing the files, MBAM may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot, please allow it to do so. Once your computer has rebooted, and you are logged in, please continue with the rest of the steps.

  9. You can now exit the MBAM program.

Your computer should now be free of the SecurePCCleaner program. 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.

If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below:

Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Help

 


 

This is a self-help guide. Use at your own risk.

BleepingComputer.com can not be held responsible for problems that may occur by using this information. If you would like help with any of these fixes, you can ask for malware removal assistance in our Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs forum.

If you have any questions about this self-help guide then please post those questions in our Am I infected? What do I do? and someone will help you.


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