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MPC Cleaner (Removal Instructions)

MPC Cleaner (More Powerful Cleaner, MorePowerfulCleaner) is a rogue Windows program that utilizes deceptive marketing tactics and causes many issues for computer and internet users. Once MPC Cleaner is installed it will also introduce native applications to the computer and make modifications to existing internet browser settings. MPC Cleaner and the additional programs it installs such as MPC AdCleaner do not appear in Windows Control Panel. The MPC AdCleaner program does not even have an executable file capable of uninstalling it.

MPC Cleaner

MPC Cleaner will change the browser settings of the internet browsers installed on your computer. It will replace your homepage, start-page, default tab page, and search engine with search.mpc.am. The only way to remove the MPC Cleaner search engine is to manually change each setting yourself in your browser settings. The settings in your browser will not change if you are able to uninstall MPC Cleaner via the executable uninstall.exe file in the appropriate folder.

MPC Cleaner virus

The program is free but it is very deceptive and very misleading. MPC Cleaner scan results will always claim that your computer is in danger and needs to be repaired. This is seen as a scare tactic in order to make this program seem necessary. However, the program is not necessary and should immediately be removed.

MPC Cleaner Distribution Methods

MPC Cleaner primarily bundles with other programs that are downloaded by the user with out without consent. The most common way this happens is by downloading a program or file from a questionable distributor. Downloading items online such as freeware and torrent files might in potentially unwanted programs infecting the user’s system. Even if a program is well known and trustworthy, downloading it from a malicious site will lead to infection. We were introduced to MPC Cleaner by a third-party download manager for a malicious media player.

MPC Cleaner distribution method

If the computer user has previously downloaded a malicious program, MPC Cleaner adware could have also been downloaded in the background without permission of the user. The user might also be tricked into accepting the download under the guise of a program update. Malicious authors often hide the download behind a terms and conditions page, effectively tricking users into downloading adware. In some instances MPC Cleaner may be advertised as an extension to improve the user’s browsing experience in order to encourage a direct download. Regardless of how the system was infected, removal remains relatively unchanged.

MPC Cleaner Details

Names PUP.Optional.MorePowerfulCleaner, MPC Cleaner, MPC Cleaner virus, More Powerful Cleaner, MorePowerfulCleaner
Detection Categories Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Publisher’s Description The worlds fastest and lightest PC Cleaner.
Symptoms Advertisements in the web browser
Browser redirects to search.mpc.am and sponsored webpages
Decreased internet speed and performance
Decreased computer functionality and performance
Bundles with malware and other potentially unwanted programs
Automatically downloads additional programs in the background
Difficult to uninstall
No option to manually uninstall in Control Panel
Files will remain on system after program is uninstalled
Folder C:\Program Files (x86)\MPC Cleaner
Quick Detection & Removal Tool Click Here To Download Malwarebytes

MPC Cleaner Removal Instructions

  1. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes
  2. Scan your computer with HitmanPro
  3. Uninstall MPC Cleaner and unwanted programs
  4. Remove unwanted browser extensions
  5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

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1. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes

The first step to remove MPC Cleaner, viruses, and malware from your computer is to download and install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software in order to perform a full system scan for malicious files.

1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

MPC Cleaner malwarebytes

3. When the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.

4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.

2. Scan your computer with HitmanPro

The second step to remove MPC Cleaner is to download and install a second opinion scanner called HitmanPro by Surfright in order to perform a full system scan for malicious files.

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

3. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

3. Uninstall MPC Cleaner and unwanted programs

The third step to remove MPC Cleaner is to uninstall MPC Cleaner and other unwanted programs in Windows Control Panel. If you cannot find an executable in the Control Panel to uninstall MPC Cleaner you must click the uninstall.exe file found here: C:\Program Files (x86)\MPC Cleaner\uninstall.

uninstall mpc cleaner

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

2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program. In earlier versions of Windows this is listed as “Add and remove programs.”

3. Search for MPC Cleaner Supporting Application in the list and double click it.

4. Once you have uninstalled MPC Cleaner, search for other unwanted programs that may be installed on your computer and uninstall them as well.

4. Remove unwanted browser extensions

The fourth step to remove MPC Cleaner is to remove unwanted browser add-ons and extensions from Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari that may have installed in order to control your browser settings, spy on you, or show you advertisements.

Google Chrome

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

2. Search for an unwanted extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for an unwanted add-on and click Remove.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.

2. Search for the an unwanted add-on in the list, select it with your mouse, and click Remove.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2. Search for an unwanted extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

5. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

The fifth step to remove MPC Cleaner is to download and install CCleaner by Piriform in order to delete leftover junk files, tracking cookies, registry entries, unwanted start-up tasks, and more.

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.

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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