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Manual Removal Guide for PU.Akick.PCOptimizer

June 19th, 2017
The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "PU.Akick.PCOptimizer" manually.
Use this guide at your own risk; software should usually be better suited to remove malware, since it is able to look deeper.

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Threat Details:

Categories:

  • pups

Description:

PU.Akick.PCOptimizer is a PC Cleaner that tries to detect stability problems and registry issues. This is a trial version that lasts 7 days. After that period the user has to buy a license
that costs $ 39.99 (Status: June 2017).

Removal Instructions:

Autorun:

Please use Spybot-S&D, RunAlyzer or msconfig.exe to remove the following autorun entries.

  • Entries named "Akick PC Optimizer" and pointing to "?<$PROGRAMFILES>\Akick PC Optimizer\AkickPCOptimizer.exe?".

Installed Software List:

You can try to uninstall products with the names listed below; for items identified by other properties or to avoid malware getting active again on uninstallation, use Spybot-S&D or RunAlyzer to locate and get rid of these entries.

  • Products that have a key or property named "Akick PC Optimizer".

Files:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these files.

  • The file at "<$COMMONDESKTOP>\AKick PC Optimizer.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Akick PC Optimizer\AKick PC Optimizer.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Akick PC Optimizer\Uninstall.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Akick PC Optimizer\AkickPCOptimizer.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Akick PC Optimizer\SplashScreen.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Akick PC Optimizer\Uninstall.exe".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If PU.Akick.PCOptimizer uses rootkit technologies, use the rootkit scanner integrated into Spybot-S&D 2.x or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify files!

Important: There are more files that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D to remove them.

Folders:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these folders.

  • The directory at "<$APPDATA>\Akick Software Inc\Akick PC Optimizer".
  • The directory at "<$COMMONAPPDATA>\Akick Software Inc\Akick PC Optimizer".
  • The directory at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Akick PC Optimizer".
  • The directory at "<$LOCALAPPDATA>\Akick Software Inc\Akick PC Optimizer".
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Akick PC Optimizer".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If PU.Akick.PCOptimizer uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify folders!

Important: There are more files that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D to remove them.

Registry:

You can use regedit.exe (included in Windows) to locate and delete these registry entries.

  • Delete the registry key "Akick PC Optimizer" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AKick Software Inc.\".
  • Delete the registry key "AkickPCOptimizerReg" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\".

If PU.Akick.PCOptimizer uses rootkit technologies, use our RegAlyzer, RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.

Final Words:

If neither Spybot-S&D nor self help did resolve the issue or you would prefer one on one help,

  1. Please read these instructions before requesting assistance,
  2. Then start your own thread in the Malware Removal Forum where a volunteer analyst will advise you as soon as available.