What is A1PCCleaner:
Threat Classification: Rogueware
A1PCCleaner, developed by A1 PC Cleaner is described as an optimization tool, which should increase your computer speed and performance, protect your computer and fix registry errors. Actually the program uses misleading techniques and tries to trick users into purchase it. The application would make changes on your system so it could be able to perform some unwanted or not requested operations. Furthermore, the application has been used by various cyber crime groups to bundle their malicious rogueware with the default installer. It produces fake messages that your system has been corrupted and offers you to try to remove these infections, A1PCCleaner will ask you to buy the full version. The A1PCCleaner rogueware injects itself into the system and changes permission policies and modifies the registry. A1PCCleaner is usually installed by the user itself not knowing that this is an actual virus. The threat masks itself as a legitimate program. The possible distribution of the A1PCCleaner varies but is not limited to – downloading fake Windows updates, installing software “supposedly” required to view an online video, clicking on ads or banners, downloading e-mail attachments or receiving files through a social media website or software.
Once installed, A1PCCleaner will take over your system and will present fake messages explaining that your personal information is at risk or that your computer is using an older and outdated drivers. A1PCCleaner will try to force you “registering” (buying) the product in order to update the out-dated driver! A1PCCleaner provides fake scan results in order to make you register the program; hence, it falls to the category of potentially unwanted programs, and we recommend that you remove this program from the computer as soon as you can.
Please note that A1PCCleaner scan results are bogus and are used with the only purpose of making you believe that your PC is at risk and fooling you to purchase A1PCCleaner. This would generate income for the creators of this infection. Purchasing A1PCCleaner will expose your personal information to third-parties and you may also become a victim of a credit card or identity fraud.
This is a high-level, high-risk threat, and it should not be left unattended and this is the reason why you should take actions and remove it immediately, as it is a serious threat to your online identity and security.
!!! Please note that these infections could potentially bring up other malware to your computer and even cause a loss of data. Please do not underestimate such threats.
There are two ways to remove this infection. It is totally up to you to decide which way you want to go:
1. Automatic Removal Method (recommended for regular or novice users), by using a Professional Malware Removal Software.
2. Manual Removal (recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts).
Automatic A1PCCleaner Removal:
We recommend using SpyHunter Malware Security Suite.
You can download and install SpyHunter to detect A1PCCleaner and remove it, by clicking the button below. Once installed, SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system, but in order to use it as a removal tool, you need to purchase a subscription.
SpyHunter will automatically scan and detect all threats present on your system.
Learn more about SpyHunter (EULA). You can find Install Instructions here: (LINK) SpyHunter`s free diagnosis offers free scans and detection. You can remove the detected files, processes and registry entries manually, by yourself, or to purchase the full version to perform an automatic removal and also to receive free professional help with any malware related queries by their technical support department.
Manual A1PCCleaner Removal:
!!! Please note: You can remove A1PCCleaner manually, however, you should proceed at your own risk, as any of the interventions might render your system inoperable. Therefore this manual removal method is highly recommended for PC Experts or Enthusiasts. For regular users, MalwareKillers.com recommends using SpyHunter or any other reputable security application.
1. Remove A1PCCleaner by restoring your system to a previous state.
1. Reboot your computer into Safe Mode with Command Prompt. To do this, turn your computer off and then back on and immediately when you see anything on the screen, start tapping the F8 key on your keyboard.
***For Windows 8:
If you are using Windows 8, you need to hold the Shift button and tap the F8 key repeatedly, this should boot you into the new advanced “recovery mode”, where you can choose the advanced repair options to show up. On the next screen, you will need to click on the Troubleshoot option, then select Advanced Options and select Windows Startup Settings. Click on the Restart button, and you should now be able to see the Advanced Boot Options screen.
2. Using the arrow keys on your keyboard, select the option “Safe Mode with Command Prompt” and press Enter on your keyboard.
3. When the command prompt loads up, type:
Windows XP: C:\windows\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press Enter
Windows Vista/7/8: C:\windows\system32\rstrui.exe and press Enter
4. System Restore should initialize, and you will be displayed a list of restore points. Try using a restore point created just before the date and time before the Your-computer-has-been-locked virus has infected your computer.
When System Restore has completed its task, start your computer in Windows normal mode, you would need to perform a scan with anti-spyware software as the infection might still be on the system.