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Safe PC Cleaner

Posted: May 6, 2013

Threat Metric

Ranking: 10,611
Threat Level: 10/10
Infected PCs: 4,598
First Seen: May 6, 2013
Last Seen: April 26, 2023
OS(es) Affected: Windows

Safe PC Cleaner Screenshot 1Safe PC Cleaner is a rogue system cleaner – a program that pretends to remove 'junk' files and data from your computer, when Safe PC Cleaner actually is designed to create fraudulent scanner results to force you to purchase a registered version of its software. With strong similarities to previous but unrelated rogue system cleaners, Safe PC Cleaner also may engage in such activities as generating fake pop-up alerts, blocking other programs or changing your system settings in ways that impact your PC's security negatively. SpywareRemove.com malware experts always recommend uninstalling Safe PC Cleaner as soon as Safe PC Cleaner is seen, and reliable anti-malware applications should be able to make sure that all of Safe PC Cleaner's components are removed as cleanly as possible.

Everything that's Less Than Safe About Safe PC Cleaner

Safe PC Cleaner identifies itself as a system cleaner that analyzes temporary data like cookies and deletes unnecessary information for the purpose of optimizing your PC's performance, but Safe PC Cleaner actually doesn't have any functions that would allow Safe PC Cleaner to do this. Rather than being a genuine system cleaner, Safe PC Cleaner is scamware that provides fake information about your computer's level of optimization and related issues. This information is designed to entice you into purchasing a full version of Safe PC Cleaner to remove all of the problems that Safe PC Cleaner claims to detect, which SpywareRemove.com malware experts, quite naturally, warn against as a frivolous purchase that can expose your confidential financial information to criminals.

Safe PC Cleaner also may take actions that affect your ability to use other applications, especially security-related ones that could provide some assistance with detecting or removing Safe PC Cleaner. Typically, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers encourage using Safe Mode to deal with similar issues that are caused by low-level threats such as a Safe PC Cleaner infection.

Clearing the Air About Safe PC Cleaner and Securebit

As a result of some of the naming conventions that its files may use, Safe PC Cleaner also is sometimes referred to as Securebit Safe PC Cleaner. However, Safe PC Cleaner shouldn't be confused with any of the various legitimate companies that use the Securebit brand name. Even more confusingly than that, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers also have identified a separate scamware program Securebit Technologies) that is a slightly different kind of rogue software: a rogue anti-malware scanner.

In terms of its fake system-cleaning functions, Safe PC Cleaner also is unrelated to the following programs, despite being similar to them in its features: Repair Registry 2008, Real Registry Cleaner and Perfect Optimizer. All of these programs can be removed by similar methods enabled by appropriate anti-malware products, and SpywareRemove.com malware experts recommend deleting Safe PC Cleaner through these means as soon as it's possible.

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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:

%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\PC_Cleaner_Free.exe File name: PC_Cleaner_Free.exe
Size: 26.52 MB (26522000 bytes)
MD5: 980ba0b0f4968ba425f67416e80f01cd
Detection count: 1,307
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: %USERPROFILE%\Desktop\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: April 24, 2023
C:\Windows\pss\StartUpAlerts.exe.CommonStartup\StartUpAlerts.exe.CommonStartup File name: StartUpAlerts.exe.CommonStartup
Size: 1.76 MB (1765600 bytes)
MD5: 3f68c465d2945e547060ddbe9259ec84
Detection count: 386
Mime Type: unknown/CommonStartup
Path: C:\Windows\pss\StartUpAlerts.exe.CommonStartup\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: November 25, 2022
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Safe PC Cleaner\PC Cleaner.exe\PC Cleaner.exe File name: PC Cleaner.exe
Size: 2.28 MB (2288352 bytes)
MD5: d5fa3271609f01393e33a6817c39e730
Detection count: 204
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Safe PC Cleaner\PC Cleaner.exe\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: November 25, 2022
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\StartUpAlerts.exe\StartUpAlerts.exe File name: StartUpAlerts.exe
Size: 1.76 MB (1764520 bytes)
MD5: 9367de5b62593cc8a569feaff97013c3
Detection count: 26
File type: Executable File
Mime Type: unknown/exe
Path: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\StartUpAlerts.exe\
Group: Malware file
Last Updated: July 11, 2021

Registry Modifications

The following newly produced Registry Values are:

Regexp file mask%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\StartUpAlerts.exeHKEY..\..\..\..{RegistryKeys}SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Features\C7FC9728496A6B14C87D099D168DF0E5SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\UpgradeCodes\05A5C538AFB5B694EB4DE60C005C8543\C7FC9728496A6B14C87D099D168DF0E5SOFTWARE\Secure Bit Technologies Pvt. Ltd.\Safe PC Cleaner FreeSOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Secure Bit Technologies Pvt. Ltd.\Safe PC Cleaner FreeHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\[APPLICATION]\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall..{Uninstaller}{8279CF7C-A694-41B6-8CD7-90D961D80F5E}

Additional Information

The following directories were created:
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Safe PC Cleaner%APPDATA%\Secure Bit Technologies Pvt. Ltd\Safe PC Cleaner Free 4.1%PROGRAMFILES%\Safe PC Cleaner%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\Safe PC Cleaner

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