Remove Essential Cleaner


What is Essential Cleaner?

Essential Cleaner is a clone of several other FAKE security clients. The most notible of them is System Tool. Our own System Tool removal guide got close to a million views. This just shows how prevalent many of these false anti-virus programs are.

 How Did I get infected with Essential Cleaner?

In our testings of Essential Cleaner we found the only way we were infected was from false install files. An example would be if a user is trying to watch a video but they are prompted with an error message saying they need to update their video software or video codec. The user is then prompted to install the updated file. Once installed the Essential Cleaner program takes over your system. Another way users may get installed is from a highjacked website. Once a user visits an infected site they are prompted to run a full virus scan on their computer. A download box appears and if a user clicks it they will be installing this fake security client.

If none of the above or nothing similar happend to you then you were infected from a trojan downloader virus on your computer. Bascially you got infected with the trojan that then went out and installed the Essential Cleaner onto your computer. You could of been infected for weeks and not of even known about it. It's essential that you run a full virus scan on your computer to ensure you have no other viruses installed besides just the Essential Cleaner

What is Essential Cleaner Doing to My Computer Right Now?

The nature of these threats are always changing. While can not tell you for sure what this threat is doing we can say that during our testings of Essential Cleaner we found this program to be blocking other executables from running and this client tends to block most programs from being able to execute. It may also disable the System Restore and Task Manager.

Esential Cleaner does not appear to be stealing personal information from the user or passing on any sensative information like passwords and banking information. However we do need to stress that it's viral you run a full virus scan to ensure you having nothing like this installed. Often times when a user is infected with one virus they have several others lurking around.

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What Do I Do To Remove Essential Cleaner?

Removal of Essential Center can be hard for the average computer user. However our Essential Cleaner Removal guide below will go a long ways in helping you remove this threat. Be sure to follow each step and if asked to run a virus scan you need to do so. We will also be recommending other products and services that we know will help you rmeove Essentail Cleaner.

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Essential Cleaner Manual Removal Procedures

The first step you must take in order to remove Essential Cleaner is to stop the following process. Watch the video for guidance.

  • [random].exe ( Example is e1804.exe ) Your file trace will be named different.

To Stop this process you can

A. Browse to the file location shown below and re-name the file first and then restart your computer. Then browse to that file location again and delete the file.

B.  Boot into Safe Mode and delete the file

C:  Use this process explorer tool  to find the location of the file and re-name it then delete after re-boot.

D:  Log-into another users account and see if you can delete the file.

E:  Start the Task Manager the very second you login and terminate the process that way.

The next step in Essential Cleaner removal is to delete the following file:

Windows XP:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\[random]\[random].exe
  • New Path C:\Documents and Settings\USER NAME\Local Settings\Application Data

Windows Vista/7:

  • C:\ProgramData\[random characters ]\[random characters].exe
  • New Path C:\Users\USER NAME\AppData\Local

Once you have deleted the above executable, Essential Cleaner will no longer be running. At this time you need to run a full virus scan. RUN THE  SCAN!. We recommend wither Spyware Doctor with Antivirus. You need to ensure no other viruses are on your computer.  So many people skip this very simple step.  Take an extra few mintues and ensure you have all the viruses removed.

If you find this threat too hard to remove yourself and need an expert we recommend this remote computer repair. They charge far less than others and are great at what they do.

Essential Cleaner Registry Removal Procedures

Once you have deleted the above Essential Cleaner file trace you will also want to remove the infected registry item. This is not a requirement as you already deleted the main executable.:

  • KEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunOnce "[random]"

You should now run a full security scan to ensure no other threats are installed on your computer. We recommend you download a copy of Spyware Doctor with Antivirus.

Essential Cleaner Directories:


  • C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\[random]
  • New Path C:\Documents and Settings\USER NAME\Local Settings\Application Data

Windows 7 / Windows Vista

  • C:\ProgramData\[random characters ]\[random characters].exe
  • New Path C:\Users\USER NAME\AppData\Local


It is not recommended for inexperienced users to attempt to delete Essential Cleaner manually, as any mistake made during removal could result in your system getting damaged. Therefore, inexperienced users are advised to use a web-based repair service such as or legitimate antivirus software such as Spyware Doctor with Antivirus.

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