Perfect Optimizer

Perfect Optimizer is a rogue system tool that generates false-positive scan results to push its paid version

Perfect Optimizer virus

Perfect Optimizer virus

Perfect Optimizer is promoted as an intelligent system tool that aims at increasing Windows OS speed and ensuring its stability. However, developed by Miracle Technologies, this application is yet another fake system optimizer that seeks to earn the money by pushing its licensed version. Although the developer claims that the tool will remove erroneous Windows registry entries and repair invalid references; however, in reality, it initiates unapproved scans and launches false positive scan results that typically contain the following notifications “4 Kinds of Problems Left on Your System.”

The Perfect Optimizer is classified as scareware and potentially unwanted application (PUA) as it tends to spread bundled with freeware and, therefore, gets installed without being noticed. Alternatively, it’s promoted on various shady download websites that promote ad-supported apps in general. Upon installation, the free trial version of the app automatically creates a scheduled task to scan the machine and inform uses about alleged registry errors, junk files, privacy-violating software, and other performance infringements. 

Reputable AV engines list this tool as Misleading:Win32/PerfectOptimizer or PUP.Optional.PerfectOptimizer and successfully quarantine it. However, sometimes it can perform without recognition and intrusive display it scanner and scan results. That’s why so many people are looking for ways to uninstall Perfect Optimizer from Windows PCs. If you have accidentally installed this tool, you should look for the DLLsuite.exe file running in the background and terminate it in the first place. After that, try to remove the tool as a regular Windows app or run a professional anti-malware tool. 

Name Perfect Optimizer
Developer  Perfect Optimizer LLC
Classification Scareware, Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA), a rogue system tool
Main executable DLLsuite.exe
Detection Win32:PUP-gen [PUP] (Avast)
TR/Agent.1645568 (Avira)
PUP.Optional.PerfectOptimizer (Malwarebytes)
Trojan.Gen.2 (Symantec)
FakeAV.caf (AVG)
Riskware/PerfectOptimizer (Fortinet)
Misleading:Win32/PerfectOptimizer (Microsoft)
Artemis!27539FACE0D0 (McAfee)[1], etc.
Distribution Freeware/shareware bundles and shady download websites
Symptoms Upon the installation of this tool, it starts regularly scanning the OS and delivering scan logs. The latter usually flags many errors and urge people to purchase the license to fix all problems
 Elimination Perfect Optimizer removal can be performed manually or with the help of a professional AV tool. 
Fixing the damage The rogue optimizer can initiate unprofessional alterations on Windows PC and negatively affect its performance. Therefore, upon the removal of such tools, it’s advisable to take advantage of a professional repair utility. We recommend using Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Perfect Optimizer virus is the most common reference when speaking about this optimizer. Such a name is basically applied by people who cannot find the uninstaller of the app and, therefore, intrusive error report popups cannot be disabled. Besides, the program may result in significant Windows slowdowns, some apps may become less responsive, and the Internet speed may diminish, especially when the rogue optimizer launches its scanner. 

Nevertheless, the Perfect Optimizer virus is not a term to describe this application. The files it runs are not malicious and cannot harm the machine severely. It fits the group of scareware and potentially unwanted programs (PUP), meaning that its performance poses a potential risk of crashing the system, decreasing its performance, and weakening machine security. On top of that, it can mislead less experienced PC users into purchasing a useless key for unlocking a full-featured Perfect Optimizer version. 

Please note that the Perfect Optimizer scanner displays exaggerated and pre-selected scan results, though in a convincing manner. Its scanner shows the locations that are currently scanned and displays a log with system errors. These errors reports contain red colors, flags, and words like “Attention”, “Danger”, “Urgent,” “Problems remaining,” “PC health is low,” etc. That’s a scare tactic used by scammers to convince people to purchase the paid Perfect Optimizer tool. However, paying the money for a useless file is not recommended because you can not only use your money for nothing but also take advantage of the application, which, in fact, can harm your machine. 

Perfect Optimizer rogue scanner
Perfect Optimizer is a tool that displays alleged scan results to convince people purchase the license key

Perfect Optimizer rogue scanner
Perfect Optimizer is a tool that displays alleged scan results to convince people purchase the license key

According to the[2] researchers, Perfect Optimizer malware has a bunch of affiliate parties, which spread it on shady download websites in exchange for a commission fee. People can find its direct download on sites like PHP Nuke, QPdownload, PerfectSoftwareSea, Apponic, and similar. All of them offer other PUPs, such as Free Youtube Downloader, Advanced Driver Booster, RegClean Pro, and many other downloads aside. 

Cybersecurity experts agree upon the fact that Perfect Optimizer removal is the number one task that people should do if they started getting intrusive popups saying that the system has many issues. These scan results are alleged, meaning that they have been preselected and the issues that they are reporting are not real. 

In addition to misleading scans, people claim that it’s difficult to remove Perfect Optimizer from the system. Although there’s a direct uninstaller (usually), clicking on it and trying to get rid of the app returns an error message saying that this app is currently in use and cannot be deleted. 

Since this application runs many processes in the background and you may face difficulties in detecting them, we recommend you to remove the Perfect Optimizer virus by booting Windows into Safe Mode with Networking. Then you can try to get rid of this application manually or run a scan with a reliable anti-malware. Upon malware removal, try fixing affected registry entries with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego repair tool. 

Shady download websites monetize free services by spreading PUP bundles

“Bundling” is the name of a software distribution method. It’s a widely known scheme that is used by many software distributors allowing them to spread several, often related, applications in one pack. While this method is legitimate, third-party freeware developers misuse it for monetizing the free services by promoting potentially unwanted programs. 

Perfect Optimizer PUP
Perfect Optimizer is classified as PUP due to the stealthy installation technique known as bundling

Perfect Optimizer PUP
Perfect Optimizer is classified as PUP due to the stealthy installation technique known as bundling

Unfortunately, but legalizing the method triggered many problems for the end-users. Freeware bundles are not disclosed properly. In other words, people are not informed directly that the application they are about to download contains additional installers. They are informed about additional downloads during the installation of the main download if the user opts for the Advanced or Custom installation option. 

Therefore, if you seek to keep your machine PUP-free, you should always mind these precautionary measures: 

  • Download freeware from official sources;
  • If you download freeware from third-party sites, do not forget that they tend to promote bundles; 
  • Always select the Advanced or Custom installation option and monitor every installation setup window;
  • Look for pre-selected checkboxes saying that you agree with the installation of add-ons or other browser-based applications;
  • Deselect offers to replace the start page, search provider or other web browser’s settings;
  • Use a robust anti-malware suite, which would be powerful enough to detect potentially unwanted programs.

Uninstall Perfect Optimizer to percent system damage

Those who seek to keep Windows performance-optimized should carefully select a tool for this purpose. Rogue optimization utilities like Perfect Optimizer malware are useless since they can hardly perform any optimization performances. We recommend taking advantage of the Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego tool for this purpose. 

Note that system optimizers, in general, are condemned as dangerous tools[3]. Such a negative reputation appears for a reason. There are hundreds of rogue optimizers that do nothing more except seek to swindle people’s money for a licensed version. 

Perfect Optimizer malware
Perfect Optimizer virus is promoted on many suspicious third-party download websites

Perfect Optimizer malware
Perfect Optimizer virus is promoted on many suspicious third-party download websites

Therefore, if you noticed this optimizer running on your machine without permission, do not click on its pop-ups or buy the license. Instead of that, remove Perfect Optimizer completely to restore your PC’s performance and stop intrusive scanners from slowing down your machine. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

Reimage Intego has a free limited scanner. Reimage Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.

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This entry was posted on 2020-06-18 at 03:11 and is filed under System tools, Viruses.