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#1 BagelAnne

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:14 AM

I found a program pop-up on my daughter's computer called PC Unleashed.

Is this a legitimate program?



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:23 AM

It is a PC optimizer. BC does not recommend the use of Optimizers. IMHO they can cause more issues then they resolve. I would remove it. It should be located in Uninstall Programs.

 

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 12:12 PM

"PC Booster/Tune Up" programs are part of the worst programs you can install on a system. When it comes to messing up your system (Windows), these are as worst as malware. They are completely worthless and useless to use. The worst is that they'll often take action on your system without you knowing, nor authorizing it, which could lead to your system being altered in a way you don't want it to be or even worst, a "broke" system. Every feature they provide, you can either do it natively under Windows, do it via another standalone executable (which is way easier and safer to use) or they aren't providing something you need. Here's a few examples:
  • Cleaning temporary files: TFC (standalone executable), CCleaner (installed), Cleanmgr.exe (in-built);
  • Managing start-up entries: Autoruns (standalone executable), CCleaner (installed), Task Manager and Registry (in-built);
  • Driver Updater: Not needed, all you need is to go on your manufacturer website so you'll be sure to get the right, official, working drivers for your computer or hardware;
  • Registry Cleaner/Defragger: Completely useless and also dangerous;
  • Disk Defragging: Disk Defrag (in-built), O&O Disk Defrag (installed), Defraggler (installed);
  • Powerful uninstaller: Not needed, only needed when you have to make sure a program is completely uninstalled. Revo Uninstaller have a portable version you can use;
  • "Enhanced" Task Manager: Procexp (standalone executable), Process Hacker (portable or installed);
  • "Active security": Any Antivirus and Antimalware can beat that, easily. These programs aren't made to replace Antivirus or Antimalware products and shouldn't be seen as such;
  • Repair Hard Drive issues: Simple chkdsk /r command under Windows (in-built);
Having such program installing on your system will just bloat it down and you have more chances to have issues by using them than without. These products are advertised as a program that can solve all your issues, remove every malware, speed up your computer performance over 100%, etc. The truth is that there's not a single program that can do that. First of all, these programs aren't made to remove virus and malware, leave this in the hands of Antivirus and Antimalware, period. Secondly, there's so many kind of issues under Windows that there's not a single program that can address them all. If you think that BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) issues can be solved by opening a program and clicking on a "Fix" button, then I'm sorry to tell you but, you're wrong. Also, you cannot boost the performance of a hardware over it's hardware capabilities. Of course you can overclock some components, like your CPU, RAM and GPU, but these aren't done via these programs, but via your BIOS interface. I could recommend you a program for every feature these programs advertise, and also tell you exactly in detail why most of them are completely useless, such as Registry cleaner (dangerous to use), and driver updater (dangerous to use, and also completely useless, it'll not improve your system performance). In the end, buying such programs is the exact same as being scammed (because this is what it is, a pure scam) and using one of these programs will result you in having a system less performant than prior to using it.

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 05:23 PM

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons.

Why you should not use Registry Cleaners and Optimization Tools


These types of junk optimization programs are often bundled with other software you download and most are considered Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) so they may be detected or even removed by some security scanners which specifically look for PUPs and adware. One characteristic of PUPs and other junkware is that they insert themselves (components) into various areas throughout a computer's operation system to include browsers, hidden folders and windows registry making it more difficult to remove.

With most Adware/Junkware/PUPs it is strongly recommended to deal with it like a legitimate program and uninstall from Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) in Control Panel or an alternative third party uninstaller like Revo. In many cases, using the uninstaller of the adware not only removes it more effectively, but it also restores many changed configuration settings.

After uninstallation, then you can run specialized tools like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, AdwCleaner and JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) to fix any remaining entries they may find. These tools typically search for and remove related registry entries, files and folders wherever they hide...to include those within the AppData folder and elsewhere.
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Posted 01 March 2015 - 05:41 PM


When you have finishing checking Programs and Features...and have removed the program, reply back here and I will provide specific instructions for using the above mentioned specialized tools. If the program was not listed in that location or within its program group shortcut in Start Menu > All Programs, then be sure to let me know.
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Posted 04 March 2015 - 11:26 AM

I cannot find PC Unleashed anymore,

It was a pop-up when I ran ESET.

I  have run the suggested programs.

They removed lots of junk.

Ran malware bytes that found and cleaned 23 files including Mindspark and Conduit.

Msert found nothing.

I am thinking all is well



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Posted 04 March 2015 - 11:30 AM

Let's see if it's still hidden somewhere.

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  • Download MiniToolBox and move it to your Desktop;
  • Execute it by double-clicking on it;
  • Check the "List Installed Programs" checkbox;
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  • Click on the Go button;
  • Once the scan is complete, a log will open.
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  • Copy/paste (select the Notepad, press Ctrl + A then Ctrl + C to copy, and Ctrl + V to paste) the content of the output log in your next reply;
And since you ran Malwarebytes, might as well take a look at the logs. Go in the following folder C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\Logs, take the latest "Scan log" you see, then attach it to your next post please. I suggest you to order the files by modification date by clicking on its column, it'll allow you to see with ease what is the latest file.

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 11:49 AM

AdwCleaner should have created a folder located at C:\AdwCleaner when first run. AdwCleaner.txt logs (and the Quarantine folder) are all stored in that folder including the Cleaning report log. Please copy and paste the contents of AdwCleaner[S0].txt in your next reply for review.

Refer to this topic for instructions on how to properly save/export a Scan log...How do I access and save logs from Malwarebytes Anti-Malware?.

Although logs are saved and can be accessed manually in the C:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes Anti-Malware\Logs folder, they are in xml format.
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