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Monday, December 6, 2010

How to remove PCoptimizer 2010 (Uninstall Guide)

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PCoptimizer 2010 is a rogue security and system optimization suite that deliberately reports fake registry errors and false system security threats to make you think that your computer has some serious problems. As a typical rogue program, it pretends to scan your computer for errors and malicious code. PCoptimizer 2010 detects viruses and system errors on new PCs and laptops. So, it goes without saying that this program is a scam. This rogue program also pretends to check system privacy, system utilities, media tools and Internet security. After the fake scan, it gives a total score of "system efficiency" which usually doesn't exceed 30-40%. In order to clean up and speed up your computer you need to install the latest PCoptimizer 2010 updates. But you have to pay for a full version of this program to enable the updates. Anyway, do not fall victim to this rogue program. If your computer is infected with this piece of malware then please follow the removal instructions below to remove PCoptimizer 2010 and related malware for free.





Once PCoptimizer 2010 is installed, it will display a fake warning saying that you should run your computer in "Protected Mode".
Protected Mode
Protected Mode has a number of features designed to enhance an operating system's control over application software, in order to increase security and system stability. These additions allow the operating system to function in a way that would be significantly more difficult or even impossible without proper hardware support.


PC Optimizer 2010 will randomly terminate programs and system tools too.



What is more, it will display numerous fake security warnings and pop-ups about key-loggers and software without a digital certificate. Just like the fake scan results, these warnings were made to scare you into purchasing the program. Please ignore them.


Attention
Potencially harmful software is detected.
To enable the security mode and remove harmful software it is
recommended to perform a cleanup.

Attention
Software without a digital certificate is detected. System files security is at risk.
It is strongly recommended to enable the security mode.
The home page of PCoptimizer 2010 is pcoptimizer2010.com.



PCoptimizer 2010 is from the same family as PrivacyGuard 2010.

As you can see, PCoptimizer 2010 is yet another rip-off rogue program. Do not purchase it. If you have already bought it then you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. Then please follow the removal instructions below to remove PCoptimizer 2010 from your computer for free using legitimate and safe anti-malware programs. If you have any questions or additional information about PC Optimizer 2010, please leave a comment. Good luck and be safe online!


PCoptimizer 2010 removal instructions:

1. Click StartRun (or WinKey+R).
2. Type in: cmd and click OK. Command prompt window will show up.
3. Type in: taskkill /f /im PCoptimizer2010.exe and click Enter. This will stop PCoptimizer 2010.
4. Download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.
NOTE: in some cases the rogue program may block anti-malware software. Before saving the selected program onto your computer, you may have to rename the installer to iexplore.exe or winlogon.exe With all of these tools, if running Windows 7 or Vista they MUST be run as administrator. Launch the program and follow the prompts. Don't forget to update the installed program before scanning.

5. New threats appear every day. In order to protect your PC from such (new) infections we strongly recommend you to use ESET Smart Security.


Alternate PCoptimizer 2010 removal instructions (in Safe Mode with Networking):

1. Reboot your computer is "Safe Mode with Networking". As the computer is booting tap the "F8 key" continuously which should bring up the "Windows Advanced Options Menu" as shown below. Use your arrow keys to move to "Safe Mode with Networking" and press Enter key. Read more detailed instructions here: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/chsafe.htm


NOTE: Login as the same user you were previously logged in with in the normal Windows mode.

2. Download free anti-malware software from the list below and run a full system scan.
NOTE: in some cases the rogue program may block anti-malware software. Before saving the selected program onto your computer, you may have to rename the installer to iexplore.exe or winlogon.exe With all of these tools, if running Windows 7 or Vista they MUST be run as administrator. Launch the program and follow the prompts. Don't forget to update the installed program before scanning.

3. New threats appear every day. In order to protect your PC from such (new) infections we strongly recommend you to use ESET Smart Security.


PCoptimizer 2010 associated files and registry values:

Files:
  • C:\Program Files\PC\PCoptimizer 2010
  • C:\Program Files\PC\PCoptimizer 2010\1.ico
  • C:\Program Files\PC\PCoptimizer 2010\PCoptimizer 2010.exe
  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\PCoptimizer 2010\
  • C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\At1.job
Registry values:
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PC
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\PC\PCoptimizer 2010
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run Protect = PCoptimizer2010.exe
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Protection
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system
  • EnableLUA = 0x00000000 ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin = 0x00000000 ConsentPromptBehaviorUser = 0x00000000
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