Pushcleantools.com hijacker – how to remove it for good?

Written by Valdis Koks

Pushcleantools.com search hijacker is a sort of malware that squeezes into your WIndows, and after that modifies the browser search engine configurations in your web browser to one which it is paid for. It also makes some unwanted changes that can result in personal data leaks, as well as to various other malware injection. In this article, you will read the manual of Pushcleantools.com hijacker removal in various strategies, and also the method of making your web browser like new.

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Pushcleantools.com hijacker nature

Name Pushcleantools.com extension
Type Browser hijacker1
Short Description The unwanted software that amends important browser settings without the user’s permission.
Symptoms The Pushcleantools.com hijacker replaces the browser parameters set by the users and replaces these settings with its own values.
Distribution Method Bundling with Freeware or Shareware, misleading pop-up ads produced by adware.
Detection Tool Inspect If Your System Has Been Affected by the Pushcleantools.com hijacker.

The methods of injection of Pushcleantools.com search hijackers are assorted. Most of them belong to the malware dispersing through the malvertising or malevolent web links of different websites. Sometimes, your system might be infected with this virus through the trojan-downloader, which is put into action to spread different other malware. There is a single kind of this undesirable program – web browser plugin that can build into any web browser which supports the add-on installment2.

You will not likely setup this plugin by yourself, because their names are really uncertain, and also the functionality is really questionable. The “developers” of Pushcleantools.com hijacker generally mention that it can save the .doc/.docx files from the websites already to .pdf format, or to download the whole website on your disk. It is rather difficult to picture if somebody may be needed in such functions in 2020, when the Internet access is not time-limited as well as every system has the ability to open the needed .docx files at Google Docs.

Nonetheless, besides their impracticality, they may easily be discovered in the Chrome Web Store. Naturally, virus experts sound the alarm regarding such spam into the legit source of web browser extensions, calling for the Google reaction – removing these extensions from their site. But they are still not hurrying to deal with that security issue.

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Is the Pushcleantools.com virus harmful?

At the first sight, you can think that these redirects are only aggravating, but not harmful. As a result of this reason a lot of people are just playing for time as opposed to eliminating this malware, getting more and more possibilities of being infected with numerous other infections, which are a lot more major than Pushcleantools.com is.

Besides the changed search engine or search engine result, you may also see different advertisements even on those websites that do not have any kind of advertisements on it by default. And you may easily misclick while turning off the advertisement, and start the downloading of an unrecognized file, which can be a virus, or a potentially unwanted program, or even ransomware – whatever the maintainers of this hijacker want.

If your web browser is corrupted as a result of the Azorult trojan task, the system can start malfunctioning in a short time – this symptome is among the most common in case of trojan penetration.

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How to remove Pushcleantools.com hijacker?

First, let me say several words about prevention the Pushcleantools.com malware penetration. It is very easy to discuss the tactics of securing your system from such irritating things as browser hijackers, however, it is very easy to be caught on this bait perhaps even being an experienced user. As it was pointed out above, this unwanted program may hide after the eye-catching (at the first sight) promotion, or in packs with various other adware you can get in dozens of ways. However, regardless of the typical difficulty of the penetration techniques, it is very easy to stay clear of the Pushcleantools.com hijacker appearance in your system:

  • Do not follow the dubious links;
  • Restrict the usage of pseudo-free software (one which is offered as free, but has an additional unwanted programs in its pack);
  • Leave the habit of clicking advertisements on the web. If you need to buy something, it is better to google it;
  • Avoid downloading the files from dubious sources, like forums or file sharing websites.
Pushcleantools.com may remain persistent on your system and may re-infect it. We recommend you to download LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER and run free scan to get rid of all infected files on your device. This saves you a lot of time and efforts compared to the manual malware removal.
Keep in mind, that LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER is only for malware detection. If LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER removal tool to delete the malware threats. Read our LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER. Click on the corresponding links to check LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER License AgreementPrivacy Policy .

Preparation before removing Pushcleantools.com.

Before starting the actual uninstall procedure, we recommend that you do the following introductory milestones.

  • See to it you have this hands-on tutorial constantly prepared to make use of.
  • Perform a backup of every one of your information, including the kept logins, passwords and other credentials. You must back up your details with a cloud back-up service and ensure your data are shielded from any kind of sort of loss, even from the most serious infections.
  • Wait up until the durable backup procedure mores than.

Step 1: Uninstall Pushcleantools.com and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few simple stages that should be able to uninstall most applications. Either you use Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, these milestones will work well. Moving the app or its folder to the Trash can be a very wrong idea. In case you do that, remnants of the app may remain, and that can cause the unstable performance of your system, malfunctions with the file type associations and other unpleasant behavior. The effective solution to get an app off your device is to remove it manually. To do that:

1. Keep holding the Windows Logo Button and “R” on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will soon arrive.

Windows keyboard R

2. In the field that appeared, type in “appwiz.cpl” -1  and choose OK – 2.

Run appwiz.cpl

 

3. This will open a window with all the apps available on the device. Choose the app that you want to get rid of, then choose “Uninstall

Follow the steps above and you will successfully get rid of most unwanted apps.

Step 2: Get rid of Pushcleantools.com from all your available browsers.

Mozilla FirefoxGoogle ChromeInternet ExplorerMicrosoft Edge

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox. Go to its menu window

2. Choose the “Add-ons” icon in the menu.

3. Find the unwanted extension and select “Remove

Mozilla Firefox Add-ons Remove

4. Upon deleting the extension, reload Mozilla Firefox, closing it with the help of a red “X” button in the upper right corner and start it again.

1. Launch Google Chrome and go to its drop menu

Google Chrome drop menu click

2. Click on “Tools” and then in the extended menu select “Extensions

Google Chrome Tools select Extensions

3. In the “Extensions” menu find the unwanted extension and apply the “Remove” button related to it.

Google Chrome Extensions Remove

4. As soon as the extension is deleted, reload Google Chrome by closing it by means of the red “X” button at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click on the gear icon marked ‘Tools’ to open the drop menu and choose ‘Manage Add-ons’

Manage-add-ons

3. In the “Manage Add-ons” window, locate the extension you want to delete and then click “Remove”. A pop-up window will come up to inform you that you are about to delete the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and choose “Remove”.

Internet Explorer extension removal

4. Once the unwanted extension is deleted, reload Internet Explorer by shutting it down from the red “X” button located at the top right corner and launch it again.

1. Launch Edge

2. Access the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.

3. From the drop menu choose “Extensions”.

Microsoft Edge menu Extensions

4. Locate the suspected dangerous extension you want to delete and then click on the Remove button.

Microsoft Edge Extensions Remove

Step 3: Clean any registries that could be added by Pushcleantools.com on your device.

The usually attacked registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by going to the Windows registry editor and getting rid of any values added by Pushcleantools.com. Follow the steps below:

  1. Start the Run Window command once again, type “regedit” and click OK.Window command regedit
  2. As soon as you open it, you can freely go to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are displayed above.Window command Run and RunOnce keys
  3. You can delete the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and deleting it.Window command regedit delete the value virus

Tip: To locate a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and select “Modify” to find which file it is set to run. If this is the malware file location, delete the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting “Step 4”, please boot back into Normal modein case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER successfully.

 

Step 4: Scan for Pushcleantools.com with LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER

1. Click on the “Download” button to proceed to LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER download.

It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER. Click on the corresponding links to check LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER License AgreementPrivacy Policy .

2. Click “Install” to start.

LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER Install

There were 4 scan types suggested:

  • Standard Scan.
  • Full Scan.
  • Custom Scan.
  • Removable Scan.

 

3. After the installed has finished, click on the ‘Scan’ tab. Click on ‘Full Scan’.

Loaris Trojan Remover Full Scan

4. Once the scanning is started, Loaris will initiate the thorough analysis of your device and may soon identify specific threats currently slowing down the performance of your system. Make sure to wait until the scanning is completed to let the software fully evaluate the safety of your workstation.

Loaris Trojan Remover - scan in process

5. After LOARIS TROJAN REMOVER has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button. There were options to move the files to quarantine, ignore or delete them.

Loaris Trojan Remover - show viruses

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.

 

  1. About browser hijackers on Wikipedia
  2. Possible danger of free browser extensions

About the author

Valdis Koks

Security engineer, reverse engineering and memory forensics

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