How to remove (uninstall) Similar Photo Cleaner

Similar Photo Cleaner is an instrument for searching duplicate files. But, it's also a malicious tool (Virustotal report), yet it cannot be called malware. It is both good and bad news in equal measure, and our plan is to put it clear why it is so. It's good to know that Similar Photo Cleaner isn't perilous individually, and it won’t damage operator's information or vandalize the OS as usual malware does. It is going to generate lots of irritating advertising materials in the form of huge banners, pop-up windows and links emerging out of thin air on your display. You might refrain from clicking every single one of them, but that is what we call a big inconvenience. What is not so good is that unlike viruses, adware is hardly ever spotted by usual anti-malware software. They cannot fight it thanks to unusual operational algorithms, and cannot interfere with its installation because victims do it all in manual mode.

Similar Photo Cleaner

We are talking about fake utilities, cracked software or video files, illegal merchandise and “rated R” content. It is not in question, that the banners created by Similar Photo Cleaner are extremely dangerous and should not be clicked under no event. We have said previously, that Similar Photo Cleaner is not harmful separately, but it becomes perilous if you leave it unattended. If an undesired program dwells for long enough inside the OS, it allows more undesired programs to get in thus turning your computer into a garbage can. You can see these spoiled PC's occasionally, littered with unwanted utilities, incapable of launching in a few minutes, horribly freezing, etc. You had better remove Similar Photo Cleaner as soon as possible, to avoid these things happening to your device.

 

How to protect your PC against Similar Photo Cleaner

Similar Photo Cleaner

Before we proceed to the removal, you'd better realize the means to shield the computer against adware. Let’s start by familiarizing with the ways of getting into the device. We know many penetration methods which undesired programs use, still the very effective of them for advertising tools is the sponsored installation, also known as bundling. This is how it works:

  • Swindlers select a good tool that is well-known among the ordinary users and bundle it with a few advertising programs. The bundle is made so that you can't see its contents before you begin the installation. Often, it becomes visible when viruses are already inside the system, and the victim realizes that he's received more than he wished.
  • When a customer notices an installation file, he thinks that it is a nice tool and gets it. Some antiviruses warn the victims about the possibly malicious contents of an installer, but fraudsters know a nice trick to get through that. The good utilities used as titles for bundles are usually the cracked versions of official tools. That's why customers think that a bundle can not make friends with their antiviruses and simply disregard the notifications.
  • When the customer installs the package, he notices a menu where he has to select between a recommended and not recommended installation ways. The preferable variant is pre-chosen so that each customer who likes to click ”skip” choose it automatically.
  • The bundle is being uploaded on a popular file-sharing site. They upload it to as many platforms as they can, to increase the quantity of possible victims.

If you haven't unchecked the preferable installation method – you’ve got plenty of suspicious utilities besides of a good tool, and now we will assist you with their deletion.

How to recognize adware when you see one?

You might wonder how anyone may spot an advertising program if an antiviral program didn't manage to do this, but we’ll answer you in a moment. The trick is that your antivirus (if there's one installed on your laptop), is recognizing pieces of adware by their structure. Hackers change the structure of their viruses each week by uploading small updates so that they stay undetectable. We won't recommend you to dig into adware’s structure, yet we have some thoughts about the methods by which swindlers might conceal Similar Photo Cleaner when it stays in front of everyone’s face. You should look at the sort of every program you download. Think hard before downloading browser enhancement add-ons and utilities for social networks that offer you some new types of statistics. System cleaners are highly questionable too, as well as any cracked utilities, like Excel, PhotoShop, Word, PowerPoint, etc. By refraining from using these tools, the chances of penetration will drop drastically.

How to remove Similar Photo Cleaner

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Similar Photo Cleaner manually

Step 1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

Step 2. Check hosts file

Step 3. Remove Similar Photo Cleaner from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari/Edge)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

 

If you want to uninstall Similar Photo Cleaner – you can choose between two options. You can uninstall it in manual mode, or through an antivirus. If you like to cope with perilous tools without any antiviral tools – you can do that, but you need to realize that Similar Photo Cleaner isn’t the single hazardous tools within your OS. As we have told you in the other parts of the entry, Similar Photo Cleaner infected your computer through sponsored installation, which means that you have no fewer than 3 more harmful utilities to uninstall. If you’re okay with eliminating them all at once in the manual mode – we will help you with it.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall the unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

2. Remove next folders:

  • C:\Program Files\Similar Photo Cleaner
  • C:\Program Files\Similar Photo Cleaner\x64
  • C:\Program Files\Similar Photo Cleaner\x86
  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Similar Photo Cleaner
  • C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Similar Photo Cleaner
  • C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\similarphotocleaner.com
  • C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\similarphotocleaner.com\Similar Photo Cleaner

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Delete next registry keys:
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{947AEF3F-4A2F-42F0-BC89-3CEE5E813B98}_is1
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Logon\{020F68D7-4D90-4D9B-886B-03534CF5778E}
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tasks\{020F68D7-4D90-4D9B-886B-03534CF5778E}
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\Similar Photo Cleaner_Logon
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\c2ltaWxhcnBob3RvY2xlYW5lci5jb20=
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\imd-pr
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\similarphotocleaner.com
  • HKLM\SOFTWARE\similarphotocleaner.com\Similar Photo Cleaner
  • HKU\S-1-5-21-1633355155-4214755471-2067616181-1000\Software\similarphotocleaner.com
  • HKU\S-1-5-21-1633355155-4214755471-2067616181-1000\Software\similarphotocleaner.com\Similar Photo Cleaner

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select the program and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete unfamiliar programs from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select a program and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Check hosts file

Modify hosts file, that located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ .

Hosts file.Step 1

Open the file with Notepad and delete suspicious strings.

Hosts file.Step 2

It has to look like this:

Hosts file.Step 3

Step 3. Remove Similar Photo Cleaner from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable strange extensions:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Similar Photo Cleaner

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove unfamiliar add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete suspicious extensions:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove add-on

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • Home
  • Choose “Blank page” into Homepage and new windows

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable strange add-ons:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose add-on and press button "Disable"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Add a new page" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Microsoft Edge

Step 1. Delete the suspicious extensions.

  • Menu
  • Extensions
  • Choose unfamiliar extension
  • Press Uninstall

Step 2. Change homepage.

  • Go to the website of the search engine you want
  • Select More actions
  • Settings
  • View advanced settings
  • Change search engine
  • Select search engine you want and Set as default

 

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