What is Content Cleaner?
Content Cleaner is a questionable application that promises you a cleaner PC; however, our malware researchers at Anti-Spyware-101.com have found that this is not a reliable program to say the least. As a matter of fact, Content Cleaner has been categorized as a PUP, i.e., a potentially unwanted program. It is quite possible that you do not even have a clue how this PUP showed up on your system. If this is the case, you should know that there may be other threats on your computer. This program does not mean a direct threat to your system security, but we would not advise you to keep it on board. In fact, we recommend that you remove Content Cleaner because the malware infections it may come with and the third-party ads it may display can introduce you to unsafe web content. Please read our full report if you want to understand why we see potential risks in this PUP and how you can protect your PC from similar issues.
Where does Content Cleaner come from?
Our research shows that this PUP mainly spreads through malicious programs and in bundles. It is possible that you let a Trojan onto your computer and that will install this application without your permission. But you may also click on download offers and end up with a fake software updater that will install this PUP. So how can you avoid this infection? Well, Trojans are mainly spread in spam e-mails as attachments. These infectious attachments can be image or video files as well as macro-enabled documents. Sometimes it is enough to open a malicious spam to initiate the drop of a Trojan. However, most often you need to click on the attachment or an embedded link in the body to drop the Trojan infection. It is also quite popular for criminals to use corrupt image or video links and spread them through social networking websites, including Twitter and Facebook. Again, one click is enough on the wrong post or feed and you may drop a Trojan onto your system. So, obviously, you should be very careful every time you open an e-mail. Since these spams may use misleading subjects and senders to deceive you, it is really up to you to be alert and only open mails and attachments if you are certain that it was meant for you.
If you download it bundled with malicious software installers, it is quite likely that you click on a corrupt third-party ad while visiting a shady file-sharing website. However, it is also possible that your computer was previously infected with adware and this infection displays the unsafe ad that you click on. In any case, you should not forget about the possibility of multiple threats on board after you delete Content Cleaner. We recommend that you use a free online malware scanner to determine how bad the infection situation is on your computer.
The official webpage (contentcleaner.com) of Content Cleaner has been down for while now. This is definitely not a good sign and does not help us believe that this is actually a useful and reliable product. On the contrary, it only shows that most people get infected with this PUP unwillingly and unknowingly through questionable and stealthy methods.
What does Content Cleaner do?
This software cleans your old and unwanted files as well as other useless content to keep your computer integrated. But we have found that this program offers less than the usual products in this category. We cannot say that this PUP does not do its job, but we have seen better tools obviously. Once installed, this program makes sure that it starts up automatically with Windows. This is a problem because this PUP may start displaying potentially harmful third-party ads. If you happen to click on these, you may be taken to infected websites. Landing on a website that is operated by cyber criminals can have serious consequences. So if this PUP starts up every time you reboot your computer, you will be exposed to these ads and thus cyber criminals as well. If you do not want to end up with more dangerous malware threats or losing your money in an online scam, you should not hesitate to remove Content Cleaner from your computer.
How to delete Content Cleaner
There is of course a silver lining, a happy ending to this story as well. You can easily put an end to the operations of this unreliable software if you run the uninstaller through Control Panel. If you are not familiar with the necessary steps, please follow our guide below. We hope that it is clear now for you that you should keep away from unfamiliar and suspicious file-sharing websites, including shareware and torrent sites. Also, you need to be careful about which e-mails and attachments you click on, not to mention third-party ads that you should completely avoid to be on the safe side. We recommend that you keep your browsers, operating system, and drivers always up-to-date in order to prevent crooks from exploiting security holes and accessing your system.
Remove Content Cleaner from Windows
Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10
- Tap Win+Q and type in uninstall a program. Press Enter.
- Click on the application and click Uninstall.
Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Tap Win+R and type in Control Panel. Press OK.
- Select Uninstall a program.
- Click on the application and click Uninstall.
- Click the Start button and go to Control Panel.
- Open Add or Remove Programs.
- Click on the application and click Remove.
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