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Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

PC Purifier

If you recently installed a PC optimizer and cleaner known as PC Purifier, then we have some bad news for you because our analysis has shown that it is a fake application and, as a result, we have classified it as a potentially unwanted program. It is not malicious, but we still recommend that you remove it because, in addition to providing you with an unreliable scan of your PC, it will show you a fake and annoying error message that promotes a tech support phone number. Also, PC Purifier is a paid application and will not clean your computer until you buy a license key. Evidently, this application is dedicated to making its developers money, so do not expect it to provide you with a reliable service.

We came across several websites that promote this program, and they include Descargar.es, Filewin.com, and Malavida.es. The coupons featured on these sites redirect to PCPurifier.com — PC Purifier’s dedicated distribution website. This website claims that this program will speed up your PC and improve its performance. However, as you will see — it will not do anything of this sort. In addition to being distributed via a dedicated website, this application is also bundled with questionable software installers featured on even more questionable software distributing websites. We have found that in addition to being bundled with legitimate freeware-type programs, PC Purifier can also come bundled with other potentially unwanted programs such as Internet Quick Access which is a Chromium-based web browser and browser hijackers such as Search.realcoolmovie.com. The bundled installers are likely to install this and other additional applications without your authorization unless you opt for custom or advanced installation settings and deselect them.

PC Purifier works just like Optimizer Pro, ProPCClean, Cloud System Care, and many others. It scans your computer for temporary files, empty registry keys, and other insignificant non-issues and presents them as errors. However, if you want it to fix these “errors” for you, you have to buy its full version that currently costs 39.95 USD. In addition to that, PC Purifier was configured to show you a fake error that warns that your computer may be at risk. The error states that plugin-container.exe has crashed and you need to dial (844) 763-5838 to get emergency tech support. Of course, this tech support is not exactly legitimate. It is more than likely that the technicians will attempt to sell you some useless service or encourage you to purchase this application. Furthermore, the aforementioned number can be a premium rate, so the tech support might cost you a lot.

We want to mention that this application is designed to place many of its files on your computer and they can remain on your PC even after you uninstall the program. it places many of its files in %PROGRAMFILES(x86)% or %PROGRAMFILES%, %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs, %APPDATA%, %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks, and %WINDIR%\Tasks. We suggest wiping out these files using the guide provided below.

In closing, PC Purifier looks like a PC optimization program but does little to none to improve its performance and security. Its main objective is to compel you to purchase its so-called full version and call the featured tech support phone number. Given, that the services this application offers do not work and are paid at the same time forces us to arrive at the conclusion that its main and only objective is to make money for its developers. Therefore, we encourage you to uninstall this gimmicky application using the guide provided below. We also suggest scanning your PC because there is no telling what kind of software PC Purifier came bundled with.

Uninstall from Control Panel

Windows XP

  1. Move the mouse to the lower-left of the screen.
  2. Open the Start menu.
  3. Click Control Panel.
  4. Select Add or Remove Programs.
  5. Find unwanted program and click Uninstall.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Move the mouse to the lower-left of the screen.
  2. Open Start menu and click Control Panel.
  3. Select Uninstall a program.
  4. Find the software and click Uninstall.

Windows 8/8.1/10

  1. Move the mouse to the lower-left of the screen.
  2. Right-click the Start screen/menu and select Control Panel.
  3. Go to Uninstall a program.
  4. Find unwanted program and click Uninstall.

Delete files manually

  1. Press Win+E keys.
  2. Enter %PROGRAMFILES% or %PROGRAMFILES(x86)% in the address box and hit Enter.
  3. Find PC Purifier, right-click it and click Delete.
  4. Go to %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  5. Delete PC Purifier
  6. Go to %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  7. Delete PC Purifier
  8. Go to %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks and delete PC Purifier, PC Purifier_DEFAULT, and PC Purifier_UPDATES
  9. Lastly, go to %WINDIR%\Tasks and delete PC Purifier_DEFAULT.job and PC Purifier_UPDATES.job
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