Content Cleaner is a potentially unwanted program or a PUP. Potentially unwanted programs are not immediate computer security threats, but they should not be allowed to remain on your computer if you did not intend to have them in the first place. It is very often that potentially unwanted programs have specific features that are deemed undesirable, and these features might also be exploited by cyber criminals for their own malevolent gains. Therefore, it would be for the best to remove Content Cleaner from your system and then avoid similar applications in the future. In this description, we will tell you how to get rid of this program and what to do to prevent similar apps from entering your PC.
The application was made by a company called SaveSoft LLC, and its files are signed by Lion and Tiger INC. It should make users think that it is a reliable program that can improve your day-to-day computer experience. However, we are very doubtful it can happen. According to security researchers, Lion and Tiger INC is a software publisher from Phoenix, Arizona, the United States. The owner of the digital signature is GoDaddy.com, Inc. Most of the files that are signed by this company are detected as “clean,” although there have been cases when they were attributed to potentially unwanted programs.
The official website for the program is located at contentcleaner.com. It is possible to download the application from this homepage, so we obviously cannot say that it is a malicious infection or a severe security threat of any kind. However, aside from being distributed directly from the official website, there is also a good chance that this program comes bundled with freeware. Freeware apps are available to download from a number of websites that host and distribute software files and applications. It is very often that users underestimate potential harm they might inflict on their systems when they download freeware from third-party sites.
The problem is that third-party installers are often bundled with a few software applications no one needs or wants. When a user is too eager to have some application installed, the person is more willing to skip several steps in the installation wizard. This is the crucial point in distribution of potentially unwanted programs. Users often have the chance to avoid installing them, but they simply miss it by breezing through the setup without any second thought. So here comes our piece of advice on how to avoid the likes of Content Cleaner: refrain from downloading freeware from third-party sources and ALWAYS check every single step of an installation wizard because it might offer to install some additional apps, and you may miss the chance to avoid that.
So if Content Cleaner is not such a bad thing, why are we suggesting removing it? The main issue with this application our security team has is that the program seems to be barely functional. It also says that you need to purchase the full version of the program in order to enjoy all the potential benefits. But when we compared the full version of Content Cleaner to some of the freeware applications that offer the same services, we have found that this program provides less service than most of the freeware products.
On top of that, Content Cleaner is able to connect to the Internet behind your back. Naturally, programs do need to connect to the Internet, so they could download and install upgrades, but we have noticed that this application can also download and install third-party software. That is definitely something you would not want to deal with. What’s more, during our tests we realized that the application can also collect information on your web browsing habits. In other words, it monitors you so that it could provide customized commercial content. We all know where this leads because whenever third-party content is involved, there is always a chance that the vulnerabilities that come with it could be exploited by a malevolent third party.
Therefore, you will do yourself a favor if you uninstall Content Cleaner right now. It should not be too hard considering you can do it via Control Panel, but if you have a feeling there could be more unfamiliar and potentially dangerous things in your PC, then perhaps it is the right time to scan your system with the SpyHunter free scanner. Investing in a licensed computer security application is always a good idea when you need to deal with potential threats in the most efficient manner.
How to Delete Content Cleaner
Windows 10 & Windows 8.1
Windows Vista & Windows 7