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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Tweakerbit Antimalware

If you are tricked into installing Tweakerbit Antimalware onto your Windows operating system, you can expect nothing but false scan reports. This potentially unwanted program might be introduced to you as a legitimate anti-malware tool, but, in reality, it cannot find anything harmful. To create an illusion that it is efficient, this potentially unwanted program identifies legitimate applications as PUPs. If you do not focus on the items listed by the scanner, you might think that many undesirable pieces of software are found on your operating system. That is not the case. In fact, the useless anti-malware program might be the only thing you need to delete. Of course, you should not just assume that. Instead, download and run a legitimate malware scanner to learn if other threats or PUPs exist. Speaking of malware scanners, whenever you are warned by an unfamiliar or suspicious tool about malware, you should use reputable and tested tools to inspect your PC to check what is going on. Hopefully, all you need to worry about is the removal of Tweakerbit Antimalware.

According to our research team, www.tweakerbit.com is the official page for Tweakerbit Antimalware. However, this potentially unwanted program could be distributed in other ways as well. Needless to say, if you do not want to end up interacting with malicious software bundles, you should always use the original source, which, of course, must be researched as well. Once the program is in, it starts a system scan. Instead of finding real threats, this tool lists a bunch of PUPs, and it adds the names and the locations of the allegedly unwanted files. Our research team has analyzed the results that are shown by Tweakerbit Antimalware, and it was found that this program detects Notepad++, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and other harmless apps as PUPs that allegedly must be “fixed” or removed. It also appears that all items in %TEMP% and %WINDIR%\Temp directories are identified as PUPs as well. In reality, this program is simply meant to trick you into thinking that you need help. If you try “fixing” the issue using the free malware scanner, you will be sent to the software activation page. At the time of research, the suspicious tool retailed at $29.99. Of course, instead of paying for it, you should delete it.

If you ignore the recommendation to purchase the activated version of Tweakerbit Antimalware, you will be bombarded with annoying pop-ups offering it. You will continue seeing these up until you delete the PUP. Purchasing the program is, without a doubt, the wrong move, but it is not the only one you could make. The developer of Tweakerbit Antimalware has also set up a helpline number, 1-800-780-3201. If you call it, they could trick you into purchasing and activating the useless tool. In both cases – whether you call the number or purchase the program yourself – you are likely to disclose some personal information. As the Privacy Policy reveals, if you disclose your email address, they could send offers and “interesting” information. If you do not want to be flooded with promotional content, we suggest you refrain from disclosing contact details or any other kind of information to the creator of the PUP. In case you have purchased the useless program already, we suggest trying to get your money back, and if you have disclosed any contact information, you need to be cautious about the content that the creator of the potentially unwanted program could send your way.

You cannot delete Tweakerbit Antimalware by uninstalling it. If you uninstall it, leftovers will stay active, which is why we recommend following the instructions below if you wish to eliminate this potentially unwanted program automatically. Of course, no one forces you to remove the PUP automatically. In fact, our research team recommends using anti-malware software for automated removal instead. This tool will swiftly erase all components representing the PUP, and it will erase other active threats too. On top of that, it will guarantee protection in the future. Undoubtedly, this is the best option. If you are concerned about the elimination of Tweakerbit Antimalware – regardless of which removal method you choose – you can always communicate with our research team via the comments section below.

Tweakerbit Antimalware Removal

  1. Launch RUN by tapping keys Win+R and then enter regedit.exe.
  2. In Registry Editor move to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\.
  3. Delete the key named Tweakerbit Antimalware.
  4. Repeat step 3 after moving to these paths:
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Tweakerbit\
    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Tweakerbit\
  5. Move to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\.
  6. Delete keys named tweakerbit-antimalware_RASMANCS and tweakerbit-antimalware_RASAPI32.
  7. Move to HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\.
  8. Delete the key named Tweakerbit Antimalware.
  9. Move to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\.
  10. Delete the key named tweakerbitantimalware_onstartup.
  11. Move to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\.
  12. Delete the key named {6406DF9F-E9C8-4C2E-AB48-80352BDF7173}_is1.
  13. Launch Explorer by tapping keys Win+E.
  14. Enter %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\ into the bar at the top.
  15. Delete the file named Tweakerbit Antimalware.lnk.
  16. Enter %Public% into the bar at the top and repeat step 15.
  17. Enter %PROGRAMFILES(x86)% (or %PROGRAMFILES%) into the bar at the top.
  18. Delete the folder named Tweakerbit Antimalware. Delete this folder in these directories as well:
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
    • %USERPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
    • %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\
    • %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\
  19. Enter %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\ into the bar at the top.
  20. Delete the task named tweakerbitantimalware_onstartup.
  21. Empty Recycle Bin and then immediately perform a full system scan using a legitimate malware scanner.
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