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Manual Removal Guide for PU.WinASO.RegistryOptimizer

February 28th, 2018
The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "PU.WinASO.RegistryOptimizer" 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.WinASO.RegistryOptimizer 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 $29.95 (status: January 2018).

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 "WinASO Registry Optimizer_is1".

Files:

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

  • The file at "<$APPDATA>\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\WinASO Registry Optimizer.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Help.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Home Page.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\Uninstall WinASO Registry Optimizer.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\WinASO Registry Optimizer.lnk".
  • The file at "<$DESKTOP>\WinASO Registry Optimizer.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\AutoShutdown\AutoShutdown.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\DataRecovery\DataRecovery.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\Defrag.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag\RegDefrag.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegOpt.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\LibUpdate.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate\securityupdate.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\unins000.exe".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If PU.WinASO.RegistryOptimizer 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 "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer".
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\AutoShutdown".
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\DataRecovery".
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\RegDefrag".
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer\securityupdate".
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\WinASO\Registry Optimizer".

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

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.