SystemCleanerPro is a rogue antivirus application. It is a part of the WinSpywareProtect family and will run at system startup. It will popup many warnings about your computers security (or lack thereof). It will scan your system and claim there are viruses and it will repeatedly nag you about purchasing their software. They will claim that the problems they have identified with your system cannot be repaired unless you purchase their software. This should raise a red flag. Of course you should also consider this a scam when you realize that you are not sure how you came to have this software on your system. Read on for how to remove SystemCleanerPro.
For most software the best way to get it off of your computer is to first start at the control panel and find the add/remove programs applet. From there you should be able to uninstall systemcleanerpro. However sometimes these rogue antivirus applications don’t list themselves in the add/remove programs area because their authors don’t WANT them to be uninstalled. Other times they have an entry there, but it really doesn’t work. So, for this reason, it may or may not work to remove it this way. If it does, be glad that you’re in for an easy removal. However, continue on and scan your system with a tool such as malwarebytes antimalware or superantispyware. Then follow that up with a trusted antivirus application scan. (Such as AVG/AVIRA/trendmicro’s online housecall/etc.)
You should download a tool such as malwarebytes antimalware to help with this removal process. You can find a link to malwarebytes on my virus removal toolkit page. While there you may also wish to download process explorer as it may be useful in this process.
You may be able to install malwarebytes at this point and avoid the messy manual removal of systemcleanerpro. If you are not able to install malwarebytes and get it to scan you may try the following tricks. 1) rename the installer for malwarebytes from mbam-setup.exe to something like explorer.exe and then launch it to install. 2) reboot into safe mode with networking and then install, update and scan. 3) follow the next step for killing off the running processes associated with systemcleanerpro and then retry your install of malwarebytes.
The following processes are associated with systemcleanerpro and should be killed off using the task manager for a complete removal of systemcleanerpro. If you are unable to launch the task manager you may try the following: 1) copy the task manager application to the desktop (taskmgr.exe) and then rename this copy to something else: iexplore.exe for instance and then launch it. 2) reboot into safe mode and see if the listed applications are running. 3) use process explorer instead to kill off the following processes:
The following files and folders should be deleted to get rid of systemcleanerpro from your system. If you are unable to remove them while windows is running it is possible that the running processes have not been killed off as instructed in the previous step. You may alternatively use a linux boot disc to browse the filesystem and rename or remove the following files:
%docs%All UsersApplication DataAuxCo
%docs%All UsersApplication DataAuxCoSystemCleanerPRO
%docs%All UsersApplication DataAuxCoSystemCleanerPROBASE
%docs%All UsersApplication DataAuxCoSystemCleanerPRODELETED
%docs%All UsersApplication DataAuxCoSystemCleanerPROLOG
%docs%All UsersApplication DataAuxCoSystemCleanerPROLOGdatestamped(starts with 2009 and then more numbers).log
%docs%All UsersApplication DataAuxCoSystemCleanerPROSAVED
%docs%All UsersStart MenuProgramsSystemCleanerPROSystemCleanerPRO.lnk
%docs%All UsersStart MenuProgramsSystemCleanerPROUninstall SystemCleanerPRO.lnk
%docs%All UsersStart MenuProgramsSystemCleanerPRO
Even after the above files are deleted and you have completed a successful manual removal of systemcleaner pro you really should follow up with a full scan of your system with tools such as malwarebytes antimalware or superantispyware. Then you should continue to install a reputable antivirus (McAfee/Norton/Avast/etc or an online scan like housecall from trendmicro). After all of these have scanned and cleaned up any left overs would I consider the system clean again.
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