The Winferno virus is a term used to identify multiple potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) published by, such as Winferno Registry Power Cleaner, Winferno SnapZip, Winferno PC Confidential, and Winferno ID Confidential.


Programs published by Winferno are reported to employ deceptive marketing tactics to get onto a computer system and create customers. Winferno programs are usually promoted as free Microsoft Windows cleaning and optimization tools and security software; However, the programs are not actually free to use.

Furthermore, Winferno software is often referred to as the Winferno virus, although the programs are not technically defined as computer viruses.

What is Winferno?

Publisher Description: Founded in 2002, Winferno is based in Boston, MA. We are part of Capital Intellect Inc,. Winferno’s mission is to create easy-to-use yet powerful software that cleans and optimizes your PC (Registry Power Cleaner), protects your privacy (PC Confidential) and protects your identity (ID Confidential), and compresses your files (SnapZip). And we are always looking to develop new products to enhance your PC experience. We pride ourselves on great customer service and technical support. Registry Power Cleaner, PC Confidential and SnapZip are available in German, French, Spanish, and Dutch. Registry Power Cleaner is also available in Japanese.

How to remove Winferno

Step 1: Uninstall Winferno from Windows

1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel (on Windows 8, right click the bottom left corner to gain access to the Windows 8 Start Menu. Windows 8 may also select Programs and Features).

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

Winferno removal

3. In the list of installed programs, search for Winferno. Once the program is located, double click the program or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button.

4. Restart your computer.

Step 2: Scan your computer for malware

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2. 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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3. Open the Anti-Malware program after the program is installed.


4. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan. Before the scan is started Malwarebytes may ask to update the software, make sure to install updates if prompted to do so.

5. Once the malware scan is complete, click the Quarantine All button and reboot your computer.

Step 3: Cleanup and repair settings

1. Install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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CCleaner Analyze Cleaner

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.

CCleaner Startup

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.

4. To automatically uninstall Winferno using CCleaner, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for the program in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.

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

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