Regcure Pro is a software that belongs to a category of malware called “Rogue Software“, whose makers are called ParetoLogic. It can be very annoying – mainly because it uses unethical methods to market itself. For starters, once a user downloads the free version, it immediately scans the computer and finds “fatal errors” that need to be removed. However, in order to clean up the computer, Regcure Pro demands to be registered, and starts nagging the computer user.
It is disruptive, annoying and outright nefarious; it stubbornly stays within the hard disk, in spite of all the attempts at removing it. Simply going to “Control Panel” and uninstalling it will never solve the problem. Deleting it from the software directory in the Local Disk is even worse; after restarting the system, Regcure will start asking for updates. Here are three methods of getting rid of this nuisance, permanently.
Method 1: Using the Task Manager and the Registry Editor
This is the simplest (but riskiest) method of removing the malware, and it can be done without going online, right after using the Control Panel to uninstall it.
Launch the task manager. You can either right-click the taskbar, or press the combination of CTRL + ALT + DELETE, then selecting the appropriate option.
Go to the tab named “Processes” and right-click the REGCURE PRO process, then click “End process tree”.
Go to the start menu, search for the a tool called “Folder Options” and then click on the tab labelled “View”. Check the box that allows you to view hidden files. Before closing the window, un-check the box that says, “Hide Protected Operating system files.”
Open the Registry Editor. To do this, press the combination of the WINDOWS + R keys. In the dialogue box that comes up, type REGEDIT.EXE and press ENTER. You will be asked for administrator privileges to run the program.
Using the Registry Editor, search carefully for the Registry entries for the malware. These are:
This are the registry entries for the malicious program. After locating it, delete the listed files that were created by the malware; and that is it.
Method 2: Using the Geek Uninstaller in conjunction with MSConfig
If you have an internet connection, using the Geek uninstaller to remove Regcure is a piece of cake. Simply Google up the word “Geek Uninstaller” and download the free version of the utility. It does not have to be installed, and you may want to save it in a flash- drive for future use.
Press the WINDOWS button and search for the word MSCONFIG. You will have to type the whole word, or else there will be no results. Open the program that is shown in the results (MSconfig.exe).
Go to the tab labelled “Startup”, and un-check the option for Regcure.
Restart the program, and run the Geek Uninstaller. This utility works just like the Control Panel, with the added advantage of looking for left-over traces of the program.
Uninstall Regcure, and delete all of its traces.
Method 3: Using the Malwarebytes Anti-malware program
This method is also for people with internet connectivity. First, you will have to download the program from somewhere like CNET or Microsoft.com; then install it. After running Malwarebytes, it will automatically detect that there is a malicious program in your laptop. Delete it from the vault of the anti-malware.
Method 4: Using the SmartPCFixer
SmartPCFixer™ will help identify and fix Windows’ invalid registry entries. By running Scan & Cleaner as part of scheduled maintenance, it will keep your PC from freezing or frequent crashes . Using it will reduce the probability of you getting a “blue screen”, program not responding or lock up.