What is cleaner.exe?

The genuine cleaner.exe file is a software component of Auto Cleaner XP by MooSoft Development.
Anti-malware software from MooSoft Development, cleaner.exe runs as a background process and monitors for malicious activity. Designed initially for Windows XP, MooSoft has several updates that function with current versions of Windows. When a threat is detected, Cleaner has the ability to delete or quarantine it. The Cleaner is the flagship product of MooSoft Development, and is available as a trial or a full paid version.

Cleaner stands for Malware Cleaner

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the cleaner.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Cleaner.exe file information

The process known as Trojan Scanner and Cleaner or The Cleaner (version v5 GUI) belongs to software Auto Cleaner XP or The Cleaner (version v5) by MooSoft Development ( or Cleaner.

Description: Cleaner.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Cleaner.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 45,880 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 6,760,448 bytes or 659,456 bytes. 
The cleaner.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders). Cleaner.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ The Cleaner 5 or Auto Cleaner XP.

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If cleaner.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 849,920 bytes. Cleaner.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The cleaner.exe file is not a Windows system file. Cleaner.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ The Cleaner.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as cleaner.exe. Therefore, you should check the cleaner.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

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cleaner.exe is part of PAL Evidence Eliminator that covers the tracks of your browsing habits and E-mails if you think you need to.

Summary: Average user rating of cleaner.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks cleaner.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving cleaner issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with cleaner. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the cleaner.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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