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How to remove Junk Cleaner (Virus Removal Guide)

How to remove Junk Cleaner (Virus Removal Guide)

Junk Cleaner (also searched for as  Junk Cleaner virus or JunkCleaner) by Pandaje Technical Services (or other publisher) is an intrusive rogue system optimizer program that can cause a lot of issues for computer and internet users. Junk Cleaner typically installs in the background without any warning. Once Junk Cleaner has been installed it will automatically run and will generate various pop-up messages. Once of the pop-up messages caused by Junk Cleaner says “Warning! Malware Detected!” and a second one that usually appears is a fake Windows Security Alert that says “Your PC Antivirus crashed.” Furthermore, various notifications that urge you to activate the program and obtain a key will also appear.

Junk Cleaner

The pop-up notifications that Junk Cleaner generates are continuous and will not stop until your remove Junk Cleaner. However, Junk Cleaner is very difficult to remove and practically impossible for most computer users without the use of a reputable Anti-Malware program.

Junk Cleaner will not likely appear in the Control Panel to be manually uninstalled. It also does not have an uninstall.exe type file that can be manually initiated to begin the uninstall process. The program files will also attempt to remain hidden in a folder not named “Junk Cleaner.” In some cases the path to the associated Junk Cleaner files can be found here: C:\Program Files (x86)\Pandaje Technical Services. In this folder there will likely be a folder titled Junk Cleaner that contains several random files. The files in the folder cannot be manually deleted unless the relating process is manually ended individually, but even once files are deleted the program may still leave traces on your computer.

As previously mentioned, Junk Cleaner will generate various misleading and deceptive pop-up and notification messages. The pop-up messages may claim or appear to be native to Windows, but once they are clicked by the user another message will appear that promotes Junk Cleaner. An example of two messages are shown below:

Warning! Malware Detected!

Warning! Malware Detected!
Your computer is in critical state because of external malware attack, your personal and privacy settings may be shared over the internet. To get immediate support. Call us on: 1-866-606-9133. protect Now.

The notification above is designed to frighten victims into purchasing Junk Cleaner. Although the computer may be infected with malware, paying for Junk Cleaner will likely cause more problems.

The second notification is a fake Windows Security Alert:

Your PC Antivirus crashed pop-up

Your PC Antivirus crashed
Your computer Antivirus is going to Crash or out of date, To keep it up to date Call us on : 1-866-606-9133

As you see these messages are simply produced to scare you into purchasing this rogue program and should be ignored.

The issues with Junk Cleaner don’t stop there. Some notable programs with Junk Cleaner is that it can automatically download and install without your consent and alongside a large list of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and very severe forms of malware. Our initial Junk Cleaner review showed that Junk Cleaner bundled with hundreds of files, registry keys, data, and values relating to malicious software and unwanted programs. This was displayed in a scan by Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. A second-opinion scanner also identified various threats.

The registry editions made will cause Junk Cleaner and the threats that it bundles with to run every time you start your computer and remain enabled if you chose to somehow disable them.

Furthermore, programs and malware that this program may bundle with will cause additional issues such as pop-up advertisements, browser redirects, a slow and sluggish computer, computer crashes, and more. These programs also put your privacy at risk and can remain hidden in order to spy on you and collect your personal information and mine banking or bitcoin data.

How does Junk Cleaner get onto a computer?

During our Junk Cleaner review the program bundled inside a dubious torrent file found on in an advertisement on a popular torrenting website. All it took was one dubious torrent to spread a very large quantity of malware across our test machine. This may not be the most common route that this program may take. In many scenarios the program may be bundled inside software bundlers and download managers associated with freeware.

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  • Junk Cleaner bundles with other potentially unwanted programs and malware.
  • Junk 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.
  • Junk Cleaner makes unwanted changes to existing Windows settings 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 is disabled it will enable itself.
  • Junk Cleaner is difficult to uninstall and may not be found in Windows Control Panel.


How to remove Junk Cleaner virus

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Step 1: Automatically remove Junk 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 Junk 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 Junk Cleaner we suggest that use a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro 3 to locate and remove any computer infection that may be present. [/note]

Step 2: Manually remove unwanted programs

How to uninstall unwanted programs

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 unwanted programs in the list and select one with your mouse, then click Uninstall. You can also double click whichever program you want to remove to uninstall it.

How to remove unwanted extensions

Google Chrome

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

2. Search for unwanted extensions in the list and click the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.

2. Search for unwanted add-ons and click Remove next to each one.

Apple Safari

1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Search for tunwanted extensions in the list and click the Uninstall button next to each one.

Junk Cleaner virus removal tips
  • If you do not find Junk 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 Junk 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.

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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