How to Remove "Ads by PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER" virus in 5 minutes? Use this Manual Removal Guide

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PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER is classified as Win32:PUP-gen (potentially unwanted program).
What is PUP?
PUP is crapware. PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER have several types of unwanted behaviour:

  1. Displaying popup ads.
  2. Hijacking your browser.
  3. Infecting your desktop shortcuts, etc.
  4. Inserting ads to the web pages.

PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER can redirect your browser search, collect your personal information and sell it for advertising.
PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER is usually hard in removing. Some people could not find uninstall program for PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER in the Control Panel.
Sometimes PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER uninstaller does not work.

How PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER got on my computer?

Usually you got PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER with as part of a bundle with another tool you downloaded from the Internet. Since PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER manufacturer pays software developers for distributing PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER within their applications, PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER is often included as part of the installer.
Usually, you have not only one PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER problem, but a bunch of similar WIN32:PUPs.

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Step-by-step Guide for manual removal of PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER:

  1. Uninstall PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER using Windows uninstallation applet (use Add/Remove Programs or Uninstall Program or Apps & features).
  2. Open Task Manager to kill all "PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER" related processes.
  3. Use Windows search to find and remove "PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER" files and folders.
  4. Run services.msc to disable a "PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER" Windows service.
  5. Execute taskschd.msc to get rid of "PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER" scheduled tasks.
  6. Open regedit.exe and delete PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER registry keys and values.
  7. Check your shortcuts on your desktop and in the Start menu for PUP.OPTIONAL.PCFIXER presence. Fix infected shortcuts.
  8. Remove a virus from Google Chrome.
  9. Remove a virus from Internet Explorer.
  10. Remove a virus from Mozilla Firefox.
  11. Clean your Recycle bin and temporary files.

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