Posted: January 13, 2012
Threat Metric
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs 16

CleanerCom Description

CleanerCom is a rogue anti-spyware product that attempts to pilfer money in exchange for its provision of fake security features. Since CleanerCom's interface is predominantly-presented in Korean, malware experts consider CleanerCom to be unlikely to attack computers that aren't exposed to Korean websites and other forms of online content from that region. However, if your PC does become infected by CleanerCom from one of these sources, you should consider CleanerCom to be just as harmful as any other type of fake anti-malware application. Side effects of infection by CleanerCom may also include browser redirects, security vulnerabilities, malfunctioning software or undesirable setting changes – all of which CleanerCom is likely to try to pin on nonexistent types of spyware or other PC threats.

CleanerCom – a Derivative Danger from Asia

CleanerCom may use a separate brand name, but its functions and scam are identical, in all important aspects, to other types of fake anti-malware products that malware researchers have noticed being distributed from Korea. Similar types of scamware from CleanerCom family, include In all cases, their features are just as worthless as CleanerCom's own set of fake security functions. Even though every bit of marketing that CleanerCom has, along with its numerous attempts to alert you about your computer's health, will tell you that you need to spend money on CleanerCom to save your PC, threats that are detected by CleanerCom are completely imaginary.

However, if you're not a resident of Asia, your chances of actually understanding CleanerCom's marketing scam won't be very high, since CleanerCom uses Korean for almost its entire interface, including its warning messages. malware experts note that this shouldn't be of significant concern, since CleanerCom can still be identified by its English title and generally-obnoxious behavior. If CleanerCom does appear on your computer, your best bet is to scan your entire PC to wipe out CleanerCom and any other PC threats that may have installed it (such as trojan dropper, trojan downloaders or rootkits).

Keeping Your PC Clean of CleanerCom Beforehand

Because Korean scamware programs like CleanerCom are typically-marketed on Korean websites, you should be careful to avoid visits to websites that use Korean and sell unusual software or disreputable types of 'free' anti-malware products. In many instances, these sites can be recognized by their suffix, although this designation isn't universal for all sites that sell Korean scamware. malware researchers note that putting extra emphasis on strong web browser security, especially on what sites are allowed to use scripts, can also help to mitigate installation attacks for CleanerCom.

Since CleanerCom may also be installed along with rootkits or other PC threats that are even more dangerous than CleanerCom itself, it's also recommended that you use thorough system scans after contact with CleanerCom, CleanerCom's site or any other product from the same family. However, getting rid of CleanerCom with reliable anti-malware should, if done quickly, insure that your computer isn't harmed in the long-term in any way.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to CleanerCom may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.

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Technical Details

File System Modifications

Tutorials: If you wish to learn how to remove malware components manually, you can read the tutorials on how to find malware, kill unwanted processes, remove malicious DLLs and delete other harmful files. Always be sure to back up your PC before making any changes.

The following files were created in the system:

%PROGRAMFILES%\MCleanerCom\CleanerComUp.exe File name: CleanerComUp.exe
Size: 392.7 KB (392704 bytes)
MD5: a83fc49d0193f0fce5071f2e7db58188
Detection count: 23
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%\MCleanerCom\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: January 16, 2012
C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\StartMenu\Programs\MCleanerCom\CleanerCom.lnk File name: C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\StartMenu\Programs\MCleanerCom\CleanerCom.lnk
File type: Shortcut
Mime Type: unknown/lnk
Group: Malware file
C:\Program Files\MCleanerCom\CleanerComLaunch.exe File name: C:\Program Files\MCleanerCom\CleanerComLaunch.exe
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Group: Malware file

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:


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