Trust Cleaner is one of the latest spyware infections plaguing users on the Internet. It is a particularly difficult piece of spyware to remove from your computer, and while there are many spyware and security forums out there that show you how to remove Trust Cleaner, this is the only complete set of Trust Cleaner removal instructions available that will not involve spending money or buying a product. This tutorial will show you how to remove the Trust Cleaner spyware infection from your system.
NOTE: - It is important that you follow the directions on the following pages EXACTLY to ensure proper removal of the Trust Cleaner spyware infection. Skipping steps, or performing actions out of sequence will result in an incomplete Trust Cleaner removal and probable spyware reinfection. Please click here to bookmark this page (Ctrl+D) so you can return here later. This Trust Cleaner removal process will require you to restart your PC.
Most of the time it is easy to know when your computer is infected with the Trust Cleaner spyware infection. The telltale sign of infection is when your computer's desktop wallpaper shows a warning message about an infection, and you can not restore your previous wallpaper. Most of the time, there are also annoying Trust Cleaner popups that when clicked take you to the Trust Cleaner website for a *free* scan of your PC. You will see these pop-up's each time you boot your computer.
The main purpose of Trust Cleaner is to try and trick you into thinking that your computer is massively infected with spyware, and the only solution is to purchase the commercial version of Trust Cleaner to remove the infection. In fact, Trust Cleaner is the spyware infection, and the typical AntiSpyware utilities (Adaware, Spybot Search and Destroy, Microsoft AntiSpyware, and Windows Defender) can not remove it because Trust Cleaner is constantly running - even in Safe Mode.
With the introductions out of the way, you will now need to download the repair tool required to remove the Trust Cleaner spyware infection. There is one tool needed that will repair the infection in your registry. Use the links below to download watch tool and save it to your Windows Desktop. Right click on each link and select "Save As" and save them to your desktop.
Once you have this tool downloaded, you need to install a secure a secure browser, like Firefox. You were infected with the Trust Cleaner spyware when its creators manipulated your Internet Explorer browser. To successfully remove Trust Cleaner you must download and install Mozilla Firefox. After installing Firefox it is critical that you run the Firefox browser at least once. This is important! Don't skip this step!
Once you have installed and opened Firefox, you need to prepare the smitRem tool for use. To do this, first locate the smitrem.exe file on your desktop. Double click on the file and you will see an extraction window similar to the one on the right. Click on Start and the extractor will create a folder on your desktop called smitrem.
Now that you have the smitrem tool prepared, you will need to reboot your computer into Safe Mode. You will need to restart your PC to do this, so be sure to click here to bookmark this page. (Ctrl+D). Once your computer has been restarted in Safe Mode, you need to get rid of the Trust Cleaner spyware application so it stops popping up alerts. To do this you must end the Trust Cleaner tasks. By design, the tasks are difficult to identify. First, press the "ctrl" + "alt" + "del" keys at the same time. The Task Manager window should now appear. Click on the "Processes" tab. Under Process Name, look for any of the tasks listed below in the list in your computer.
If you find any matches, highlight the task by left clicking on it, and then click on the "End Process" button. End any and all matches you find, because there could be more than one. As you end the processes, be sure to click "Yes" to any warning boxes that pop up. The Trust Cleaner alerts in the taskbar should now stop popping up
Now that you have ended the Trust Cleaner alerts, you need to uninstall the Trust Cleaner program using Add/Remove Programs. Open your Control Panels and then Open Add/Remove Programs. Locate the Trust Cleaner entry (they are in alphabetical order), left click on it to highlight it, and then click on the remove button to uninstall the Trust Cleaner program.
Although this removal seems surprisingly simple, appearances can be deceiving. Close the Add/Remove window and close the Control Panels Window.
Now you will use the tool you downloaded to your desktop. Locate the smitrem folder on your desktop and double click on it to open it. Locate a file in the folder named "runthis.bat" and double click on it to launch it. Click "Yes" on any security warnings that pop up. Follow the on-screen directions to move through the smitrem tool.
Once it has completed, the tool will exit and an automatic disk cleanup will be launched. This cleanup can take anywhere from minutes to hours to run, so be patient and do not interrupt it.
Once the disk cleanup is finished, the Trust Cleaner spyware infection has been removed from your system. Reboot your computer to exit Safe Mode, and be sure to run a full virus scan with your Antivirus software and use a reputable spyware removal program like The Maintenance Checkup Home Edition or Adaware to ensure all additional threats have been removed.
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