SafePCTool Removal Process (remove SafePCTool)

March 22, 2008

SafePCTool Explanation

SafePCTool is a very un-safe program that is recently defined as rogue anti-spyware software. SafePCTool is a clone of CleanPCTool which is another rogue application that is usually downloaded and installed from a Trojan infection such as Vundo Trojan or Zlob Trojan. SafePCTool is pushed on the website as a program that repairs errors and removes infections on your computer. This is a bogus claim made by the hackers that created SafePCTool and the website. SafePCTool cannot be trusted and should be removed immediately before it causes damage to your system.

Are you getting popups from SafePCTool? Have you identified that you have SafePCTool installed on your computer? Do you wish to remove SafePCTool completely from your computer?

Why should you remove SafePCTool?

If SafePCTool resides on your computer, it can potentially damage your personal files or you may end up losing data stored on your system. Research has shown that SafePCTool may have the ability to make your computer vulnerable to remote attacks which could result, initially, in loss of money, possibly identity theft, and, eventually, a painstaking SafePCTool removal process.

How can you manually remove SafePCTool

Manual removal of SafePCTool may not be for everyone. Each manual SafePCTool removal step must be followed delicately to completely remove all related files and registry entries from your computer. If you are unsure or have doubts about editing your system registry, then we recommend that you use the automatic SafePCTool removal process.

SafePCTool can be removed manually by following the steps below.

  1. With all programs closed, click the Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Locate the Add/Remove Programs icon and double click it.
  3. Locate SafePCTool in the list of programs. If you find it, select it and remove it. If you cannot find SafePCTool, you can continue to step 5.
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Close all open programs and windows on your desktop.
  6. Open your registry editor (regedit) program by going to Start Menu, type in regedit, and click OK.
  7. Find all of the following registry entries and delete them. If you do not know how to do this, then you can read how to edit the registry in Windows.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform "UGES"
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "cwriter"
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "SafePCTool"
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "strpmon"
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\GES_is1 "DisplayIcon"
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Purchased Products\System Error Repair
  8. You may need to return to this removal process for removing SafePCTool. You can do this easily by bookmarking or adding a favorite to this page by clicking here. If you are using the FireFox web browser you can press the keys Ctrl and D simultaneously to bookmark this page.

    Image 1. Bookmark PCHubs removal process


  9. Delete all of the following files that are associated with SafePCTool from your computer.

    %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\safepctool\Data\oid
    %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\safepctool\Data\user
    %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\safepctool\Data\em
    %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\SafePCTool\SafePCTool.lnk
    %AllUsersProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\SafePCTool\Contact Customer Service.lnk
    %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\SafePCTool\strpmon.exe

    If you need a better understanding on how to search for these files then you can read how to find and search for files and folders here.

    If you have issues deleting any of the previously listed files that are associated with SafePCTool, you can try rebooting your computer into safe mode. Booting into safe mode may allow certain malicious files to be deleted. If you are wondering how to boot into safe mode, you can read our process for starting a computer in safe mode here.

    Image 2. Select "Safe Mode with Networking"


  10. After locating and deleting the previous files you must remove all directories associated with SafePCTool by going to the C:\ProgramFiles\SafePCTool folder, select it, and delete it. In some cases you may not be able to find this directory. You can still continue to the next step.

  11. Restart your computer. You do not need to boot into safe mode at this point. You should have removed SafePCTool completely from your computer. If you find that SafePCTool is still on your computer, you can repeat the steps again or go to the automatic SafePCTool removal process.

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