What is PCCleaners.exe?

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 PCCleaners.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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PCCleaners.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with PCCleaners
PCCleaners.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PC Cleaner belongs to software PC Cleaners by PC Cleaners.

Description: PCCleaners.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The PCCleaners.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 8/7/XP is 13,179,660 bytes. 
The file has a digital signature. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The PCCleaners.exe file is not a Windows core file. PCCleaners.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous.
In the event of any problems with PCCleaners.exe, you can uninstall the software PC Cleaners using the "Add or Remove Programs" function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PCCleaners.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PCCleaners.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.


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Best practices for resolving PCCleaners issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PCCleaners. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 PCCleaners.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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