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PCoptimizer 2010 (alias: PC optimizer 2010), just like its recent predecessor PrivacyGuard 2010, is another nefarious program from the extremely broad category of pseudo cleaners, aka malicious software at its worst. One thing that distinguishes PCoptimizer 2010 from the vast majority of similar badware applications is the fact that it is not a pure rogue. What we mean is, this dangerous tool combines the traits of a fake system optimization utility and the characteristic features of a virus-oriented scareware. PCoptimizer 2010 claims to be able to both detect malware and find system errors. A vivid exemplification of this shameful program’s activity on the compromised computer is it will be telling you that one of your running executables is a virus. To be precise, it may ‘inform’ you that a perfectly legitimate process, e.g. taskmgr.exe, is a “potentially harmful script” whose execution may threaten your whole system. Every such pop and each bogus system scan from PC optimizer 2010 leads to an interface encouraging you to register its full version. So before you make a wrong decision, please take into consideration the fact that PCoptimizer 2010 is not an actual security utility it wants you to take it for. A common mistake some users make is ignoring PCoptimizer 2010 as if it were just something temporary. However, it will definitely not let go unless you perform a strict sequence of actions to completely remove this mendacious pest from your machine. Also, do not have illusions that you can easily uninstall PCoptimizer 2010. You will fail doing it using the Control Panel as it will simply not be there among the programs to uninstall. The roadmap for you to follow is encompassed within the section below which comprises the sequence of steps for manual or automatic removal of PC optimizer 2010. Do not waste your time – bid farewell to the malware and set your computer free.
Malware Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Malware Author: Unknown
Threat Level: Critical
Advice: Immediately remove and scan for additional malware
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How to remove PCoptimizer 2010 manually:
Manual removal of PCoptimizer 2010 is a feasible objective if you have sufficient expertise in dealing with program files, processes, .dll files and registry entries.
The files to be deleted are listed below:
- %Documents and Settings%\All Users\Desktop\PCoptimizer 2010.lnk
- %Documents and Settings%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\PCoptimizer 2010\
- %Documents and Settings%\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\PCoptimizer 2010\PCoptimizer 2010.lnk
- %Program Files%\PC\
- %Program Files%\PC\PCoptimizer 2010\
- %Program Files%\PC\PCoptimizer 2010\1.ico
- %Program Files%\PC\PCoptimizer 2010\PCoptimizer2010.exe
The registry entries that need to be removed are as follows:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PC\PCoptimizer 2010
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Protect”
Please, be aware that manual removal of PCoptimizer 2010 is a cumbersome process and does not always ensure complete deletion of the malware, due to the fact that some files might be hidden or may get reanimated automatically afterwards. Moreover, manual interference of this kind may cause damage to the system. That’s why we strongly recommend automatic removal PCoptimizer 2010, which will save your time and enable avoiding any system malfunctions and guarantee the needed result.
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