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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application
Common infection symptoms:
  • Connects to the internet without permission


UPCleaner is the name of a potentially unwanted program that you should not hesitate to remove. Supposedly it is a very useful system utility. It is claimed that the program will increase your PC’s running speed and shorten its startup time. However, as you will learn, it will do nothing of the sort. Some of the application's functions might be useful, but there is little information provided about the scanning results in the program itself. Therefore, we will focus primarily on the practical issues regarding UPCleaner, and we will present the most relevant information, which will help you decide whether to keep it or delete it.

UPCleaner has been developed by a software developer called Brotsoft Technology. The developer’s official website is Brotsoft.com, which in addition to UPCleaner, promotes three other products, called Tzip, UUMessenger, and iTools. We do not imply that these applications are potentially unwanted as well, but you should be aware of their existence. The application at hand is reportedly disseminated via software bundles. However, our researchers have yet to find any cases of this. To our knowledge, this application can be downloaded from its dedicated download website, called Upcleaner.net. The website features the all too common promotional slogans that you should not pay any attention to, because we have tested the application, and here is what we have found.

Most importantly, UPCleaner shows unreliable commercial advertisements on the desktop. The ads are exclusively supplied by third-parties, which makes the application unreliable, because there is just no way of knowing where you might get redirected to. So for this reason alone you might want to remove it. However, that is not all. Let us take the time to get to know how the application functions, and what the benefits of having it are.

PC Boost is a function that turns off unnecessary System processes, but you can choose to turn off any third-party application, such as Java Update Scheduler, ITunesHelper, and other applications that start with Windows and always run in the background. However, the Memory Cleanup, Internet Boost, System boost, and High memory usage sections do not provide any information whatsoever. It is unclear what the application actually does. Functions, such as Internet or System Boost are simply ridiculous. A system cannot be boosted (unless you overclock it) but Internet speed can be increased only if you upgrade your Internet package.

Now, let us talk about the Clean function. As per usual, the application scans the system registry and finds numerous errors. As we have mentioned in many of our articles regarding various registry cleaners, they simply do not work. Yes, they clean the registry but it is all in vain since the registry will quickly become polluted once again. In any case, registry errors do not slow computers down. The program has a function called PC Boost which scans for junk files. It shows the size of the files, but the precise location and names of junk files are not shown. The application has one function that tests Internet speed that works rather well, and gives quite accurate results, so there is no problem in this department.

UPCleaner is more useless than useful, don’t you agree? Basically, the application performs irrelevant tasks, such as shutting down certain Windows processes that might actually be important, we just do not know for sure what processes it terminates. The lack of information paired with the fact that it shows third-party ads makes this application undesirable, so feel free to remove UPCleaner.

Remove UPCleaner manually

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

  1. Navigate the mouse to the lower-left of the screen.
  2. Right-click the Windows logo and select Control Panel.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Find UPCleaner and uninstall it.

Windows Vista and Windows 7

  1. Navigate the mouse to the lower-left of the screen.
  2. Click the Start menu button and select Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find UPCleaner and uninstall it.

Windows XP

  1. Navigate the mouse to the lower-left of the screen.
  2. Click the Start menu button and select Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find UPCleaner and remove it.
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