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How to remove Malware Cleaner (Virus Removal Guide)

Malware Cleaner (also searched for as Malware Cleaner virus, MalwareCleaner, Malware Cleaner Live) is a dangerous potentially unwanted program (PUP) and the name of a process associated with rogue Malware Protection Live software. Malware Cleaner typically sneaks onto a computer system it infects alongside other unwanted programs and malware via software bundlers and third-party download managers without user knowledge. Once Malware Cleaner is installed it will display a check mark icon on Windows tray or task bar and will create processes titled Malware Cleaner.exe that it uses to run every time Windows starts.

Malware Cleaner

Malware Cleaner is promoted as a free anti-malware engine for your PC. It claims to leverage cloud based threat detection and daily definition updates to protect you from malware and potentially unwanted programs. Malware Cleaner was promoted and introduced to us through illegal media files.

Malware Cleaner and programs like it are usually contracted without knowledge. Malware Cleaner is often bundled inside third-party software downloaders and bundlers. It may arrive on a computer system once other programs have been introduced to the machine. Software that Malware Cleaner adware may bundle with includes freeware, shareware, and dubious torrent files.

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  • Malware Cleaner bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and malware.
  • Malware Cleaner is usually bundled inside installers and downloaders distributed as dubious torrents or as freeware programs distributed by websites similar to download.com and softonic.com.
  • Malware Cleaner is a program or a process associated with rogue software. If you find a process running titled “Malware Cleaner” it means that your computer has contracted a rogue computer program.

Malware Cleaner virus

  • Malware Cleaner makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings (such as Windows registry) and schedules new tasks which allow it to run every time Windows starts and check to see if the program has been disabled. If the program has been disabled it will enable itself to run.


Malware Cleaner Removal Options

Option 1: Automatically remove Malware Cleaner virus with Malwarebytes

1. We recommend that you write down the toll free number below in case you run into any issues while removing this infection. Our techs will kindly assist you with any problems.


2. Download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

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3. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software once it has finished installing.

4. Make sure that Malwarebytes has been updated. To ensure it is updated click Update Now on the Dashboard.

Malwarebytes scan for Malware Cleaner

5. Click the large Scan Now button on the dashboard to perform a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

6. When the scan is complete click the Remove Selected button and then click the Finish button or restart your computer if Malwarebytes suggests that you do so.

[note align=”left”]If you are still having issues removing Malware Cleaner we suggest that use a second opinion scanner and removal tool such as HitmanPro to locate and remove any malicious files that may be present.[/note]

Option 2: Manually remove Malware Cleaner

How to uninstall Malware Cleaner

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

2. Click Uninstall a program (or Add and remove program) in the Programs section.

3. Search for Malware Cleaner in the list of installed programs and select it with your mouse, then click Uninstall. You can also double click Malware Cleaner to uninstall it.

[note align=”left”]If you do not find Malware Cleaner in your list of installed program you may need to uninstall additional programs that may have bundled with it. You can view our additional tips to remove Malware Cleaner below.[/note]

How to remove Malware Cleaner add-ons and extensions

Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the Malware Cleaner extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for the Malware Cleaner add-on and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for the Malware Cleaner extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

[note align=”left”]If you do not find Malware Cleaner in your list of add-ons and extensions you may need to remove additional attachments that may have bundled with it. You can view our additional tips to remove Malware Cleaner below.[/note]

Malware Cleaner virus removal tips

  • If you do not find Malware Cleaner in your list of installed programs you may need to uninstall additional programs. Additional programs may include suspicious titles that may have been contracted around the same time or after the initial infection.
  • If you are still having issues removing Malware Cleaner you should use a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro 3. HitmanPro 3 is the best second opinion scan and removal tool. It can be used to locate and remove remaining threats.

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Sean Doyle

Sean is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. He is featured in several publications.

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