In this report, we will talk about a questionable security tool called Tweakerbit Antimalware. The application is not malicious or somehow dangerous, but after researching we started to doubt whether it is as useful as it is said in its descriptions either, but we will talk more about this further in the text. For now, we would like you to know it falls under the classification of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). This category suggests the software may not be entirely reliable or could act in an undesirable manner. Our specialists think the trial version of Tweakerbit Antimalware might be useless and as for the paid version, we did not test it so cannot say if it is any better. In any case, we advise users not to take any chances and erase the PUP. It seems to use there are more reliable security tools you can get free of charge and if you do not want to waste money on software that might not work as expected, we recommend choosing it carefully.
The main reason why we believe Tweakerbit Antimalware could appear to be useless is it’s provided scan results. When we tried to scan a computer with this tool, it showed 451 issues, and the report claimed they “indicate that your system may be at a high risk of computer crash and data loss.” However, looking at the results, there were no critical issues since all of the threats were identified as PUPs. Not to mention some of the detections said to be potentially unwanted programs were actually legitimate files, for example, Notepad documents, Opera installer, and so on. It makes us question whether the application can detect threats and if it identifies legitimate files as malicious would it not do more harm than helping the user by suggesting such data should be eliminated?
Furthermore, while using Tweakerbit Antimalware, our specialists noticed the application can show a bit annoying advertisements promoting the tool or suggesting to “Activate Full Version now.” What seems to be quite unusual is that these ads and the software’s main window provide a telephone number to contact the technical support or purchase the upgraded version of the application. If you decide you wish to get rid of the program, you might get a pop up saying “Don’t Uninstall. Your PC may be infected by malicious attack.” Then it suggests you call the mentioned telephone number and talk to an expert. Usually, legitimate programs just ask whether you are sure you wish to uninstall them, so asking the user to call some experts seems a bit strange and feels like going to extremes.
In conclusion, if you wish to have a reliable antimalware tool you can count on to detect only threats and leave harmless data alone, you may want to pick another security tool. Plus, if the way the PUP promotes itself or asks to be upgraded seems a bit too much, we would recommend erasing it with no hesitation. It is important to mention that even though Tweakerbit Antimalware has a working uninstall file and can be removed via Control Panel, it might be a bad idea. Our specialists say there could be a lot of leftovers once you are done with it. Thus, if you wish to erase it completely, you should delete its files one by one as shown in the instructions placed slightly below. Of course, if you prefer using automatic features, it might be useful to know the PUP can be eliminated with trustworthy antimalware tools too.
|#||File Name||File Size (Bytes)||File Hash|
|1||web_reference.dll||78848 bytes||MD5: e7ac9957cdcd9965b8fe40ad65775b2c|
|2||tweakerbit.bat||62 bytes||MD5: bb2131a6890b68ce3a7e2daec209b34a|
|3||System.Data.SQLite.Linq.dll||185344 bytes||MD5: 9f23ad307f7bba703437748f37dfbb6f|
|4||tweakerbit-antimalware.resources.dll||38400 bytes||MD5: 5278362234a1c9cdbc3e3664588f5578|
|5||TweakerbitUninstaller.exe||629016 bytes||MD5: f7f1cc9111a623644121c5d68008d65a|
|6||SQLiteHelper.dll||23320 bytes||MD5: 42c836580ccbc69b4727e5024034b6d8|
|7||advanced-antimalware-pro.resources.dll||34816 bytes||MD5: 96db14c371a500ba4d16269b76b4ebe6|
|8||TweakerbitUninstaller.resources.dll||4608 bytes||MD5: e5b743385f9d6d7160066a638a8462bb|
|9||uninstallService.bat||379 bytes||MD5: 2bccb55e93ac94bb5e724e14206ae340|
|10||service.bat||266 bytes||MD5: 07a4e8af11bbb760220202368b958789|
|11||NUnrar.dll||142336 bytes||MD5: 695a548dce919e9ed08b7a3bb8bc5195|
|12||AAMP_Uninstaller.resources.dll||4608 bytes||MD5: d062d01aeeb35027ff28ce562be4e46a|
|13||SQLite.Interop.dll||1205248 bytes||MD5: b00c635e33b1864f6cc2ba6da93aefa2|
|14||Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll||171008 bytes||MD5: c6b3538f7bf8c8a7ce900edf5994df5b|
|15||unins000.exe||723736 bytes||MD5: 31484f457e506845f1bedff634b6d5d9|
|16||Newtonsoft.Json.dll||510976 bytes||MD5: abd9c387aaba000866f8ccb82313635f|
|17||PCsecurityservice.exe||15640 bytes||MD5: 89fdc02b0154c95d1c72161a77f0f66c|
|18||tweakerbit-antimalware.exe||10565400 bytes||MD5: ceed4694e864d77073297f00aeb70fdd|
|19||PCSecurity_popup.exe||148760 bytes||MD5: b72db674c7c09f7014ea611d605acbbf|
|20||System.Data.SQLite.dll||280576 bytes||MD5: 1afbe6f5557d07c890106d7c03961a1a|
|21||WpfPageTransitions.dll||19456 bytes||MD5: cd092746017eb1b01ec1745d096f57cd|
|22||WPFToolkit.dll||467288 bytes||MD5: 195ed09e0b4f3b09ea4a3b67a0d3f396|
|23||unins000.dat||35174 bytes||MD5: fb07e446928c361f503c00d50dea4e31|
|24||tweakerbit-antimalware.vshost.exe||22472 bytes||MD5: 378dd10936aaff40eb34d94dc29f2366|
|25||Ionic.Zip.dll||315392 bytes||MD5: ab7fadde40bfd7d007751417d258b0df|
|26||InstallUtil.exe||40376 bytes||MD5: 867a90b2c19fd2665eae0f91573ab935|
|27||WpfAnimatedGif.dll||28160 bytes||MD5: 447285c951bcc0a35422b3ef8e5194b7|
|#||Process Name||Process Filename||Main module size|