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File: ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start

Location of ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start and Associated Malware

Check whether ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start is present in the following locations:

ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start

If you find ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start file in any of these locations, your computer is very likely to be infected with the following malware:

IMPORTANT: Malware files can be camouflaged with the same file names as legitimate files. The ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
3390F6E5CF342EBBE557489F21900B326E26Nov 21, 2015
322831143BC6887ECB2BC87ACAF9BFB05F9CDec 22, 2015
324241294ECCF86FDD5B9E663876E99E17B4May 20, 2016
3230E72C298D95CB39FCFBB4B92F046514B0Jun 8, 2016
3232AA4FF8EEC569E8125451E84612975DC5Sep 9, 2016
32187FC9CBB3A2371C13FA962C7890CABDA5Dec 3, 2016
248093E7B418357D52E70F5069BA18E5222DMay 5, 2017

Why Is It Important to Remove Malware Files?^

It is imperative that you delete malware-associated files as soon as possible because they can be used - or are already being used - to inflict serious damage on your PC, including:

  • Disrupting the normal functioning of the operating system or rendering it completely useless.
  • Hijacking valuable private information (credit card numbers, passwords, PIN codes, etc.)
  • Directing all your Web searches to the same unwanted or malicious sites.
  • Dramatically slowing down your computer.
  • Gaining total control of your PC to spread viruses and trojans and send out spam.

How to Remove ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start^

  1. To enable deleting the ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start file, terminate the associated process in the Task Manager as follows:
    • Right-click in the Windows taskbar (a bar that appears along the bottom of the Windows screen) and select Task Manager on the menu.
    • In the Tasks Manager window, click the Processes tab.
    • On the Processes tab, select ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start and Associated Malware.
  3. Select the file and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for each location listed in Location of ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start will fail if it is locked; that is, it is in use by some application (Windows will display a corresponding message). For instructions on deleting locked files, see Deleting Locked Files.
    • The deletion of ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start will fail if your Windows uses the NT File System (NTFS) and you have no write rights for the file. Request your system administrator to grant you write rights for the file.

Deleting Locked Files^

You can delete locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.

After you delete a locked file, you need to delete all the references to the file in Windows registry.

To delete a locked file:

  1. Right-click on the file and select Send To -> Remove on Next Reboot on the menu.
  2. Restart your computer.

The file will be deleted on restart.

Note: In the case of complex viruses that can replicate themselves, malware files can reappear in the same locations even after you have deleted those files and restarted your computer. Exterminate It! Antimalware can effectively eradicate such viruses from your computer.

To remove all registry references to a ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start malware file:

  1. On the Windows Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit and click OK. The Registry Editor window opens.
  3. On the Edit menu, select Find.
  4. In the Find dialog box, type ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start. The name of the first found registry value referencing ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start is highlighted in the right pane of the Registry Editor window.
  5. Right-click the registry value name and select Delete on the menu.
  6. Click Yes in the Confirm Value Delete dialog box.
  7. To delete all other references to ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start, repeat steps 4-6.
IMPORTANT: Malware files can masquerade as legitimate files by using the same file names. To avoid deleting a harmless file, ensure that the Value column for the registry value displays exactly one of the paths listed in Location of ProfessionalPCCleaner_Start and Associated Malware.