Do you know what XpCleaner is?
XpCleaner is a rogue anti-spyware program that lurks around for its next victim on the internet. XpCleaner uses its name to exploit computer users with a name similar to a Microsoft product to make them feel safe. XpCleaner or XpCleanerPro is known to install onto a user's computer without their knowledge or consent. This process of installing XpCleaner is usually done by the infection of Zlob.Trojan which is normally downloaded through a video codec or P2P website.
XpCleaner or XpCleanerPro may trick users into believing it is a legitimate spyware removal tool. XpCleaner or XpCleanerPro is not a cleaning program. The only cleaning that XpCleaner or XpCleanerPro does is the hard earned money out of your pocket if you purchase this dirty program.
In non-techie terms: XpCleaner or XpCleanerPro was created by hackers to use illicit tactics to exort money from you. XpCleaner is a malicious program out to take your money and sanity. Do not under any circumstances purchase XpCleaner or XpCleanerPro or install any programs related to XpCleaner or XpCleanerPro.
XpCleaner Automatic Removal Instructions
XpCleaner Manual Removal Instructions
This manual removal method is for techie computer users. XpCleaner manual removal may be difficult and time consuming to remove. There's no guarantee that XpCleaner will be removed completely. So read the XpCleaner removal steps carefully and good luck.
Before you start: Close all programs and Internet browsers. Also back up your computer in case you make a mistake and your computer stops working.
- Uninstall XpCleaner Program
Click on Start > Settings > Control Panel > Double-click on Add/Remove Programs. Search for and uninstall XpCleaner if found.
- To stop XpCleaner processes (view process removal steps)
Go to Start > Run > type taskmgr. The click the Processes tab and you'll see a list of running processes.
Search and stop these XpCleaner processes:
For each unwanted process, right-click on it and then select "End task".
- To Unregister XpCleaner DLLs (view DLL removal steps)
Search and unregister these XpCleaner DLLs:
To locate the XpCleaner DLL path, go to Start > Search > All Files or Folders. Type XpCleaner and in the Look in: select either My Computer or Local Hard Drives. Click the Search button.
Once you have the XpCleaner DLL path, go to Start and then click on Run. In the Run command box, type cmd, and then click on OK.
To locate the exact DLL path, type cd in order to change the current directory. To display the contents of the directory, use the dir command. To remove the DLL file type regsvr32 /u FILENAME.dll (FILENAME is the name of the file that you want to unregister).
- To unregister XpCleaner registry keys (view registry keys removal steps)
Go to Start > Run > type regedit > press OK.
Edit the value (on the right pane) by right-clicking on it and selecting the Modify option. Select the Delete option.
Search and delete these XpCleaner registry keys:
- If your homepage has been changed, go to Start > Control Panel > Internet Options > click on the General > click Use Default under Home Page. Add the your desired default homepage, then click Apply > click OK. Open a new web browser to check that you have your desired default homepage.
- Remove XpCleaner Directories.
To find XpCleaner directories, go to Start > My Computer > Local Disk (C:) > Program Files > Show the contents of this folder.
Search and delete the following XpCleaner directories:
Right-click on the XpCleaner folder and select Delete.
A message will appear saying 'Are you sure you want to remove the folder [NAME OF FOLDER] and move all its contents to the Recycle Bin?', click Yes.
Another message will appear saying 'Renaming, moving or deleting [FOLDERNAME] could make some programs not work. Are you sure you want to do this?', click Yes.
- To remove XpCleaner icons on your Desktop, drag and drop them to the Recycle Bin.
You've completed the XpCleaner manual removal instructions!
I hope this article has helped you solve your XpCleaner problems. If you want to contribute to this article, post your comment below.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes. By using this information you agree to be bound by the disclaimer. There's no guarantee that XpCleaner will be completely removed from your computer. Seek professional help if your computer continues to experience problems.