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PC Health Kit

Posted: June 4, 2013

Threat Metric

Ranking: 6,454
Threat Level: 1/10
Infected PCs: 35,457
First Seen: June 4, 2013
Last Seen: June 19, 2022
OS(es) Affected: Windows

PC Health Kit is a rogue Registry cleaner that creates fake alerts and deliberately-inaccurate scans as a means of defrauding the PC's user – by first detecting a series of fake infections and numerous related computer problems, and then asking for a premium registration fee before PC Health Kit can repair your computer. Like any similar form of scamware, PC Health Kit doesn't have any functions focused on actually helping PC Health Kit delete malware or repair your system, and SpywareRemove.com malware researchers always discourage spending money on PC Health Kit. Any problems related to the presence of PC Health Kit can be resolved by deleting PC Health Kit and all associated PC threats, which usually is most easily enacted through the anti-malware-scanning functions of a true anti-malware program.

PC Health Kit: Getting You Sick to Sell You Its Snake Oil Medicine

PC Health Kit is heavily reminiscent of other rogue system optimizers and Registry cleaners, including members of the FakeSysDef family like System Defragmenter, Ultra Defragger, HDD Control, Win HDD, Win Defrag, Disk Doctor, Hard Drive Diagnostic, HDD Diagnostic, HDD Plus, HDD Repair, HDD Rescue, Smart HDD, Defragmenter, HDD Tools, Disk Repair, Windows Optimization Center, Scanner, HDD Low, Hdd Fix and Win Defragmenter. Attacks from PC Health Kit appear in two major formats: a series of pop-up warnings that are crafted to look like generalized system errors, and various system scans that persistently detect high amounts of system problems, including Registry errors, startup entries for malware and improperly-uninstalled software components. Of course, SpywareRemove.com malware experts easily verified that PC Health Kit's warnings and scans are both fake and don't play any part in detecting any kind of legitimate system errors.

Likewise, PC Health Kit can't optimizer your computer or enhance its performance, and its only real purpose can safely be said to be to steal money by threatening its victims into paying the price of its software registration. If you've already fallen into this trap, you should dispute the charge with the appropriate company before taking any steps to delete PC Health Kit from your computer.

The Cure for the Fake Doctor that Ails Your Computer

Rogue Registry optimizers like PC Health Kit never are advantageous to keep on your computer, and may enable additional attacks besides the one noted above – most commonly, attacks that block critical security software, lower your computer's security settings or hijack your web browser. SpywareRemove.com malware researchers do suggest removing PC Health Kit with all appropriate haste, but also encourage using a suitable anti-malware program that has the best chance of finding and uprooting all of PC Health Kit's components.

PC Health Kit and similar PC threats often are installed by such methods as spam e-mail attachments, fake online scanners and drive-by-download exploits. The latter, in particular, do not necessarily show any symptoms before installing their malicious software, and maintaining all appropriate web-browsing security features should be acknowledged as one of the main ways of avoiding a source of a PC Health Kit infection.

Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats

If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to PC Health Kit 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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Note: SpyHunter's free version is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware tool to remove the malware threats. Learn more on SpyHunter. If you would like to uninstall SpyHunter for any reason, please follow these uninstall instructions. To learn more about our policies and practices, visit our EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria .

Why can't I open any program including SpyHunter? You may have a malware file running in memory that kills any programs that you try to launch on your PC. Tip: Download SpyHunter from a clean computer, copy it to a USB thumb drive, DVD or CD, then install it on the infected PC and run SpyHunter's malware scanner.

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%\PC Health Kit\PCHKReminder.exe File name: PCHKReminder.exe
Size: 330.19 KB (330192 bytes)
MD5: 70ad9606000f148689e3a917d922a078
Detection count: 5,387
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%\PC Health Kit\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: December 28, 2018
C:\$Recycle.Bin\S-1-5-21-3015829596-1507154211-1980195923-1001\$RKHR1R2\PCHKReminder.exe\PCHKReminder.exe File name: PCHKReminder.exe
Size: 1.08 MB (1083704 bytes)
MD5: cff8733d649b39b9760260a626bd4a47
Detection count: 5,132
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: C:\$Recycle.Bin\S-1-5-21-3015829596-1507154211-1980195923-1001\$RKHR1R2\PCHKReminder.exe\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: March 1, 2022
%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Health Kit Pro\PCHKProLauncher.exe File name: PCHKProLauncher.exe
Size: 199.48 KB (199480 bytes)
MD5: 3ef559ae5febd65b415eeb0828f84534
Detection count: 4,799
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Health Kit Pro\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: March 27, 2022
C:\$Recycle.Bin\S-1-5-21-3015829596-1507154211-1980195923-1001\$RKHR1R2\PCHKSmartScan.exe\PCHKSmartScan.exe File name: PCHKSmartScan.exe
Size: 489.27 KB (489272 bytes)
MD5: 8ca0f4f4512bac82c5a4a12f26310f7f
Detection count: 4,726
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: C:\$Recycle.Bin\S-1-5-21-3015829596-1507154211-1980195923-1001\$RKHR1R2\PCHKSmartScan.exe\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: March 1, 2022
%PROGRAMFILES%\PC Health Kit\PCHKSmartScan.exe File name: PCHKSmartScan.exe
Size: 263.63 KB (263632 bytes)
MD5: 62ebd8d8d07a8f23e9399be4ef34edaa
Detection count: 4,548
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %PROGRAMFILES%\PC Health Kit\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: June 5, 2013

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Directory%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Health Kit%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PC Health Kit%APPDATA%\PC Health Kit%PROGRAMFILES%\PC Health Kit%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\PC Health KitFile name without pathPC Health Kit.lnkHKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}Software\PC Health KitSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\PCHealthKit_RASAPI32SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Tracing\PCHealthKit_RASMANCSHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}PC Health Kit_is1