Have you or a person you know recently downloaded a registry cleaner called Cleaner Pro? If that is the case then you should know that the cyber security industry has labeled it as a potentially unwanted program that you can remove without hesitation. This program is not malicious and will not harm your computer, but it does not do anything good either. Cleaner Pro’s main purpose is to make money for its developers. Yes, the application is paid, but the trail version lets you run a scan of your computer, which results in hundreds of errors that this application will allegedly fix once you purchase the full version. We want to debunk the deceptive marketing methods used by the developers, and show you what Cleaner Pro really is.
So let us get to the most important part right now. Cleaner Pro is promoted as a fast and efficient PC speed optimizer. It is true that after a long period of time a computer might get slower, experience application crashing, and so on. The problem might lay in the hardware, but most of the time the problems are software-related. It is claimed that Cleaner Pro will repair Windows Registry, stop crashing and freezing, protect your data, maintain your computer’s health, optimize your surfing, and reduce clutter.
All of this is well and good, but do all of these functions actually work? Yes, but to a degree. During testing we found that Cleaner Pro can detect empty registry values that remain after you uninstall a program. However, the application did not locate all of the errors, so that does not add any points to its credibility. As far as crashing is concerned, we do not think that it will resolve any crashes, because most of them are caused by hardware problems, driver incompatibility, and so on. This program cannot magically make your PC squeaky clean and as fast as a tornado.
Even though Cleaner Pro is capable of detecting some legitimate registry errors, still, we do not think that it is worth the hefty price tag of €44.92. Competition in this market niche is fierce and there are much better applications that cost less and in some cases are free. So we encourage you to hit the forums, do you own research, remove Cleaner Pro, and get yourself a more reliable application. Of course, some of might get this application unintentionally so it is also important to know how this program is distributed.
Our security experts have determined that Cleaner Pro is distributed via malicious software bundles. This is very bad news indeed, because by getting this non-malicious program you might also install mildly malicious applications, such as adware, browser hijackers, malicious toolbars, and so on. Furthermore, Cleaner Pro can be downloaded from a website, called Cleanerpro.net, which features a standalone installer.
All in all, we do not recommend getting this application if you are thinking about installing it, and recommend that you remove it if you have it installed. The application works, but only to a degree and it is really not worth the money, since you can find better and cheaper alternatives. So if you have this application and you want to remove it, please follow the removal instructions provided below. Remember to always download software from reliable sources and stay away from piracy websites, since they often feature unreliable and malicious programs.
How to uninstall Cleaner Pro
Windows 8 and 8.1
Windows Vista and 7