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Manual Removal Guide for PU.WinTonic

November 22nd, 2017
The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "PU.WinTonic" 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.WinTonic scans the computer for errors and invalid registry entries in order to improve system stability. If the user wants to fix these entries they have to activate the program. This software license costs 39 EUR (status: October 2017).

Removal Instructions:

Files:

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

  • The file at "<$COMMONDESKTOP>\Win Tonic.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Win Tonic\Buy Win Tonic.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Win Tonic\Uninstall Win Tonic.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Win Tonic\Win Tonic.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Win Tonic\ToastNotification.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Win Tonic\unins000.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Win Tonic\wtc.exe".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If PU.WinTonic 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 "<$APPDATA>\pctonics.com\Win Tonic".
  • The directory at "<$COMMONAPPDATA>\pctonics.com\Win Tonic".
  • The directory at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Win Tonic".
  • The directory at "<$PROFILES>\All Users\pctonics.com\Win Tonic".
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Win Tonic".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If PU.WinTonic 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 "Win Tonic" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\pctonics.com\".

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

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

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.
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