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Danger level 7
Type: Rogue Anti-Spyware
Common infection symptoms:
  • Connects to the internet without permission
  • Can't be uninstalled via Control Panel

Fake AdwareCleaner

Fake AdwareCleaner tries to persuade computer users that it is a very popular security application called AdwCleaner. In fact, computer users can use the real AdwCleaner for free; however, if it happens that a similar program has appeared on your screen and it asks you to pay money for the deletion of malware, there is basically no doubt that Fake AdwareCleaner has managed to enter your system. It pretends to be a useful program, but simply seeks to extort money from innocent computer users, so many researchers classify Fake AdwareCleaner as rogue anti-spyware. If you ever detect it, you should remove it as quickly as possible. The researchers at pcthreat.com have found out that it is not easy to get rid of Fake AdwareCleaner. If you wonder why it is so, you should know that it is impossible to remove this infection via Control Panel. Luckily, it is still possible to do that manually. If you want to find out what you should do, make sure that you read this article from beginning to end.

This rogue security software will enter your system secretly; however, you will definitely notice that it is present because it will perform a fake system scan and then will show you fake scan results. If you click on the Clean button, a message claiming that this version of a program only "scans threats, but cannot remove them" will appear. Of course, you will be offered to buy the license if you want the software to delete malicious software from your computer. The license costs $59.99 and we definitely not recommend investing in a fake security application. First of all, it cannot remove infections because it is rogue security software. Secondly, you will reveal your credit card details and cyber criminals might use them to steal money from your bank account.

It is very important to remove Fake AdwareCleaner from your computer not only because it is fake security software, but also because it will start with Windows every time you turn on your computer. On top of that, it might perform other undesirable activities behind your back. Other rogue security applications also exist (e.g. Antivirus Defender 2015, AVC Plus, A-Secure 2015, etc.) and they might enter your system very quickly. This might especially happen if you do not have any reliable security tool installed on your computer and surf the Internet on a daily basis. If you want to prevent similar infections from entering your system in the future, you should install SpyHunter or a similar security application on your computer and keep it always enabled.

Unlike other rogue security applications, Fake AdwareCleaner does not block any files, so it is possible to remove it manually. Of course, you will not be able to do that via Control Panel; however, we have still provided the manual removal instructions that will help you to erase Fake AdwareCleaner. Make sure that you scan your computer with a trustworthy antimalware tool after the manual removal of this threat because many other computer infections might hide on your system.

How to remove Fake AdwareCleaner

  1. Tap the Windows key + R.
  2. Type in AppData in the field and click OK.
  3. Go to Local folder and delete SAdwCleaner.exe file.
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