How to remove A1 PCCleaner (Virus Removal)

A1 PCCleaner virus

A1 PCCleaner by A1 PC (also known as the A1PCCleaner virus or A1 PC Cleaner) is freeware with a bad online reputation. The cyber security community and reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware vendors have included A1PCCleaner in the potentially unwanted category (PUP) category of computer threats. In many causes, A1 PCCleaner is known as scareware that is primarily used to perform bogus or misleading computer scams in order to scare victims into purchasing the full version of the program.

A1 PCCleaner

A1 PCCleaner is self promoted as a free Windows Cleaner and Optimization tool that can also remove malware; However, potential A1PCCleaner malware is not free to use. Users must purchase the software in order to use the features. Features provided by this program are actually free and standard on most Windows Operating Systems. Programs like A1PCCleaner are essentially non-beneficial to the computer user.

Something that has raised suspicious from the cyber security community is the fact that A1PCCleaner sounds similar to CCleaner. CCleaner is a reputable and safe Optimization program that offers many features that do not arrive standard on a Windows Operating System. CCleaner also has two editions, one free, the other is a premium version. A1PCCleaner may attempt to gather traffic from CCleaner users or those who seek the real item.

A1 PCCleaner also bundles with other unwanted programs, malware, and malicious files. A1PCCleaner usually never downloads and installs by itself. Users may notice pop-up advertisements, browser redirects, decreased computer performance, and other symptoms if A1 PCCleaner is installed. In order to stop all these activities it will be necessary to remove third-party programs, browser attachments, and files that cause these issues.

This program and programs that it bundles with make changes to Windows Registry and schedule new tasks to ensure the programs run every time Windows is started.

How to remove A1 PCCleaner

Step 1: Remove A1 PCCleaner add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for suspicious extensions in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for suspicious add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Step 2: Uninstall A1 PCCleaner

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for A1 PCCleaner by A1 PC (or other publisher) and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 3: Scan your computer for A1 PCCleaner malware

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Remove Selected button and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

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3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential A1PCCleaner malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.