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Manual Removal Guide for PU.Jawego.PCCleaner

January 24th, 2017
The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "PU.Jawego.PCCleaner" 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.Purify scans the computer for errors and invalid registry entries in order to improve system stability. If the user wants to fix these entries he has to activate the program. After closing the main window of the free version a new window opens and remembers the user to get an activation key. The free version is only a trial. However the software offers to fix 15 Windows registry errors if the user provides his email address. A user has to buy a license of the product if he needs the functionality. This software license costs $ 39,95 and is reduced to $ 19,95 when attempting to leave their website (status: January 2017).

Links (be careful!):

: ttp://www.pcpurifier.co/
: ttp://www.jawego.com/

Removal Instructions:

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 "PC Clean Plus_is1".

Files:

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

  • The file at "<$COMMONDESKTOP>\PC Clean Plus.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\PC Clean Plus\PC Clean Plus.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\PC Clean Plus\Register PC Clean Plus.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\PC Clean Plus\Uninstall PC Clean Plus.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\PC Clean Plus\PCCleanPlus.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\PC Clean Plus\PCCPUns.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\PC Clean Plus\unins000.exe".
  • The file at "<$WINDIR>\Tasks\PC Clean Plus_DEFAULT.job".
  • The file at "<$WINDIR>\Tasks\PC Clean Plus_UPDATES.job".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If PU.Jawego.PCCleaner 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 "<$APPDATA>\PC Clean Plus".
  • The directory at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\PC Clean Plus".
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\PC Clean Plus".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If PU.Jawego.PCCleaner 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!

Registry:

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

  • Delete the registry key "Clean" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PC\".
  • Delete the registry key "Clean" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\PC\".
  • Delete the registry key "PC Clean Plus" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\".
  • Delete the registry key "PC Clean Plus" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\".

If PU.Jawego.PCCleaner 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.