Pc Cleanup 2018 is yet another useless and questionable program that claims to boost your PC. We have found this potentially unwanted program (PUP) quite similar to another one called Smart System Care. As a matter of fact, most of these PC optimizers are usually considered as scams by malware researchers since by nature these PUPs are good for nothing really. Even Microsoft does not approve of such programs that claim that cleaning up some unused registry entries and temporary files will make your PC run visibly faster. The usual recipe is that such a program scans your computer for free and finds hundreds of system issues to be fixed. It is quite possible that some or most of these alleged issues are fake or totally useless errors that do not make any real issue. However, when you try to fix anything, you are prompted to buy the full version. We believe that the best solution here is to remove Pc Cleanup 2018 from your computer and install a proper anti-malware program instead that can keep you away from trouble and such potential and malicious threats as well in the future.
You can download this PUP from its promotional website, updatemypcs.com. This website looks very similar to all other PC optimizer pages. We cannot say anything suspicious about it since it all looks legitimate and professional, in all fairness. However, we are convinced that not all users who find this PUP on their system have installed it by visiting this website. It is quite possible that you have not visited it, either. Then, you may wonder how this program ended up on your computer in the end, right? So let us tell you a good reason to delete Pc Cleanup 2018 right away.
The real problem is that this PUP can also be found spreading in software bundles. This means that it is quite likely that you wanted to download and install a different program but, in the end, you ended up with a number of other PUPs installed. What is even worse, such a bundle can also contain malware infections like adware programs, browser hijackers, Trojans, keyloggers, and more. Installing such a package can cause serious and multiple system security issues for you. We advise you to only use official sites to install programs and updates as well. Landing on a questionable unfamiliar file-sharing site after a web search could result in your downloading such a bundle. Even if you do not hit one of the four fake download buttons you may be presented with, you can click on an unsafe third-party ad or disguised content to drop a malicious package. If you want to make sure that you use a secure computer, we recommend that after you delete Pc Cleanup 2018, you run a reliable malware scanner, too.
This PUP seems to work very similarly to all other alleged PC optimizers. It can show you a results list after a system scan that may claim that there are hundreds of issues to fix. Although this software may claim to scan for malware programs and PUPs as well, it will most likely simply list unused temporary files and registry keys. Removing these from your system will not make any changes in the performance of your PC; at least, nothing that you could possibly notice. That is why such a program is usually considered a scam to push you to buy the full version to fix these fake and alleged errors. This PUP costs $23.95, which is a general price for such a tool. But, if you do not want to waste your money on a useless program, we suggest that you remove Pc Cleanup 2018 as a PUP and install a proper anti-malware program instead to safeguard your computer against all kinds of possible threats in the future.
If you are ready to act, you can follow our instructions below this article. After you identify this PUP in your installed programs list in Control Panel, you simply need to double-click on it to run it. This should take care of it and should not leave leftovers on your system. However, we must mention again that there could be other threats on your computer that could be way more serious than this one. Leaving those on board could expose you to further unreliable third-party content, more infections, and more online scams as well as privacy breaches. If you cannot protect your PC against these threats, we recommend that you install a reliable malware removal application, such as SpyHunter. Please, also remember to keep your programs always updated because its better to prevent cyber criminals from trying to gain access to your computer by exploiting outdated security flaws.
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|#||File Name||File Size (Bytes)||File Hash|
|1||Dutch_apc_nl.ini||46468 bytes||MD5: f041bcc572580a7564c99f001a65e494|
|2||Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll||177504 bytes||MD5: be5eb0a87e53500b2a810e5007b0d819|
|3||Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll||55648 bytes||MD5: 2d210fd985e7d1e1ad9d7efb33771f23|
|4||finish_apc_fi.ini||46090 bytes||MD5: a64c465e6441544a2635277c11d97a52|
|5||german_apc_de.ini||47854 bytes||MD5: b73cb8f97a18d88ae64301f2d4d7440b|
|6||swedish_apc_sv.ini||44882 bytes||MD5: 5c8cfa8a41b5204193decdcc47818340|
|7||SQLite.Interop.dll||1182048 bytes||MD5: 6a1a99750f743b2f34950e4efb4250fc|
|8||French_apc_fr.ini||50222 bytes||MD5: a855083c7daa198f2eced3cf2ddc9a3a|
|9||pcl.exe||2269560 bytes||MD5: 5ddce0fe8f5c05e4f5bb787e039f9821|
|10||unins000.msg||22701 bytes||MD5: 5f38274fc51ec35b61e925153e26ef1c|
|11||japanese_apc_ja.ini||35540 bytes||MD5: 8aca3f0a3aeb9f27cfe6ccfd9655f87b|
|12||russian_apc_ru.ini||49706 bytes||MD5: ba8da842dd3b5f7b01dff3a348da100e|
|13||spanish_apc_es.ini||50684 bytes||MD5: 8470f7f490177429e62355cd79985fbc|
|14||TaskScheduler.dll||47456 bytes||MD5: a67a8e0f5e41bfd05c82e4104a6c69f0|
|15||Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Common.dll||636768 bytes||MD5: 3fd381c8f513d38c41f07649ecb6b7cb|
|16||TAFactory.IconPack.dll||43360 bytes||MD5: f7a755dff24acff8c744588265b37fd2|
|17||app.ico||94222 bytes||MD5: 7cfc524fdf23ae8b5806d3e74d3b7fef|
|18||portuguese_apc_ptbr.ini||47806 bytes||MD5: ed90ad6dc00fdc2454efc11bd9bece75|
|19||italian_apc_it.ini||48368 bytes||MD5: 2d6323054b075d4c91732f8c4bb0012e|
|20||HtmlRenderer.WinForms.dll||66912 bytes||MD5: 5fa98797434c1d05ba598ecee80b7c59|
|21||unins000.dat||90277 bytes||MD5: cec02acb7226048cee3ab8407806d9c6|
|22||CoreRepository.dll||720520 bytes||MD5: 3d544d1ca4f6e3fd80d57449de9b6d95|
|23||HtmlRenderer.dll||228192 bytes||MD5: 380d680d457f391e02fedae20c20c709|
|24||System.Data.SQLite.DLL||297312 bytes||MD5: 71f365e4e05c58395da5387861179301|
|25||danish_apc_da.ini||45856 bytes||MD5: 3c8af5790fb30e8da3906b06596067df|
|26||AppRes.dll||21270880 bytes||MD5: baa279d2f49a262ef1fb2e2f59ccc156|
|27||norwegian_apc_no.ini||45262 bytes||MD5: 091a148972b36eabef378f55ce4058c6|
|28||pcl.exe.config||4693 bytes||MD5: df9a45c11c6a09b820140db2fa3dd513|
|29||unins000.exe||1273184 bytes||MD5: 605a4167fd0558c1659a6de3f5a1fdfe|
|30||english_apc_en.ini||49468 bytes||MD5: 9e5b5d10ffdce0cbbe67408f4f0655b8|
|#||Process Name||Process Filename||Main module size|