How to remove the pcreg virus

Most antivirus programs identify pcreg.exe as malware—for instance F-Secure identifies it as Adware.SearchSafer.A, and McAfee identifies it as Generic PUP or Adware-SearchProtect.

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Pcreg.exe file information

The process known as pcreg belongs to software unknown by Search Safer.

Description: Pcreg.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file pcreg.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 249,024 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 33,864 bytes, 33,824 bytes or 25,600 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. Pcreg.exe is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. Pcreg.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify pcreg.exe related errors

Important: You should check the pcreg.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If pcreg has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Bundled with unknown various software, programs,etc.. Installs unannounced into C:\Program files\pcreg\service.exe. Affects computer in several ways, including slowing speed, giving (false)low memory warning messages, and sometimes crashing the system. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and various programs do identify this virus, but don't totally remove it, thus it re-installs constantly. If you try to manually remove it while your computer is in regular mode, you will receive a warning that the program is running in another file, and cannot be deleted. To successfully remove it for good, re-start your computer in SAFE MODE. Locate the folder in C:\Program files\pcreg\service.exe , manually delete all files, then delete the empty folder. Re-start computer, run a search on your computer for pcreg, nothing should show up. Run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or the anti-malware program of your choice to be certain it is gone completely.
  Danny Blue  

Summary: Average user rating of pcreg.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks pcreg.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving pcreg issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active pcreg process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the pcreg.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

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