Cleaning out the cleaner
Question : I have been getting pop-ups for
DriveCleaner offering to remove traces
of adult sites from my computer. I don't
visit adult sites, and no one else uses
my machine. How do I get rid of this
Answer : As noted by Symantec and other
makers of antivirus software, DriveCleaner is an aggressive program
that uses panicky pop-ups to try to
frighten you into buying a registered
version of itself so you can remove
exaggerated security threats to your
Most people consider DriveCleaner to be
spyware, as it uses deceptive measures to
sell itself and may even install itself on
your PC surreptitiously.
DriveCleaner can be difficult to get rid
of because it can spread its components
all around your system.
It can also put copies on backup drives
and the Windows System Restore utility.
Several anti-spyware sites around the
Web list steps to remove the program
removeDriveCleaner.html, for example).
Anti-spyware utilities like Webroot Spy
Sweeper or Sunbelt Software's CounterSpy
can also remove the rogue program for