OneSafe PC Cleaner is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that often gets bundled into free software downloads or found on websites advertising it as a solution to fix your computer woes. When you go to the trouble of install programs such as these, however, they often tell you that you have many problems on your computer that needs addressing that aren’t actually true, and then won’t let you run a scan until you pay a hefty fee.
OneSafe PC Cleaner is a potentially unwanted program because it doesn’t technically cause any issues with your computer, but its state of false advertising means that it is a program that you should uninstall when you get the chance. Should you ever have any computer problems, you may wish to turn to other more reliable programs for assistance in solving them.
Due to their being so many of these programs that beef up the number of threats found on your PC and then ask for money before letting you fix what doesn’t even need to be fixed, most trustworthy tools out there on the Web offer a free trial version that allows you to use them to fix what problems you have without having to pay for anything. And then should you choose to continue using the program, you can pay for the premium version, which might also unpack more features. Such is the case with Malwarebytes, the tool you will download below, and that will remove the OneSafe PC Cleaner PUP from your computer.
Tips for Avoiding Malware in the Future
If you have malware on your computer, you can always install an antimalware program and run a scan to try to remove it. But some experts suggest that even if you do that, it is not a given that all malware can be removed—once it gets access to your system, it might not ever get taken away.
So naturally, that means you should try preventing the malware from getting on your computer in the first place.
Here are some of the most common ways you can avoid getting malware on your PCs:
- Be careful what you download. Some websites are far more likely to have malware on them than others. If you are using a reliable web browser, it should already give you decent protection by alerting you to sites that may be harmful—do not ignore those warnings. What’s more, try not to visit any websites that you think may be untrustworthy: torrenting sites can be beneficial, and the founders are not necessarily evil, but you need to remember that random people around the world are uploading those files. Torrenting sites are some of the most notorious for malware for this reason—not everyone is interested in helping you download free files without them getting something in return. Often that return comes in the form of malware tucked away within the files you download, thinking that they’re only movies.
- Install (full paid versions of) third-party antimalware programs. If your operating system is not protecting you well enough from malware threats, you ought to look into third-party programs. They will not always protect you in real-time for free, but the paid versions often do. That means if the program detects the file you are about to download is malware, it will let you know about it with a warning. At this stage, Microsoft Windows does not automatically block potentially unwanted programs, so third-party protection for malware is still very useful.
- Keep all data and personal information safe. Malware only becomes a problem if it gets its hands on whatever it is looking for. Simply being on your computer is not necessarily the end of the world; it is what it does from that position of power that counts. Look into ways of keeping your data safe, such as using file encryption. Windows 10 comes with EFS for encrypting individual files and also BitLocker encryption for the full disk.
- Keep your software up to date. It does not matter what software you have; if it is outdated, then it may also be insecure. Simply being old software does not necessarily open up new doorways for vulnerabilities; rather, new updates potentially close old vulnerabilities. If you know there are no vulnerabilities, your software is fine to continue using. However, if vulnerabilities are found, updates are critical. If you do not want to follow the news every day, it is best just to keep updating and know that you are safe. That means keeping up to date with your operating systems updates as well. If using Windows, keep Windows Update installing those updates that give you fresher OS versions.
- Keep networks secure. All your computers (desktops, laptops, smartphones), and other peripherals such as printers, when connected to WiFi, are often connected to the same network. You need to make sure that the network is secured with a password. Otherwise, your WiFi connection will be open. The best security today is with WPA or WPA2 encryption. You typically do not have much to worry about here, as it is automatically implemented by your WiFi provider. But make sure it stays that way.
- Do not use open WiFi. You have heard the warning: stay away from that open WiFi you get at airports, unless you need it. The idea behind this warning is because it is open, it also means people with malicious intent also have easy access to it; thus, the information on your smartphones, tablets, and laptops is not going to be safe.
This tutorial demonstrates how to remove the OneSafe PC Cleaner potentially unwanted program (PUP) from your computer.
How to Remove OneSafe PC Cleaner from Settings in Windows
1. Open the Settings app and then click on the Apps link from the Windows Settings main menu.
2. From Apps’ left pane, select Apps & Features and then scroll down the list of applications in the right side of the same window until you see OneSafe PC Cleaner and click on it once to reveal it’s menu.
3. From the menu click on the Uninstall button.
4. When you see the This app and its related info will be uninstalled, click on the Uninstall button.
You can now close the Settings app if you like.
How to Remove OneSafe PC Cleaner from Control Panel in Windows
Even though the application is removed, you’ll still find OneSafe automatically running scans and getting you to sign up to its services each time you boot up the PC. To solve that you need to delete OneSafe from the Control Panel now.
1. Type Control Panel into the search box in the taskbar and then click on the Control Panel desktop application that appears under the Best match section.
2. From the main Control Panel menu, select Categories from the View by menu in the top right corner and then click on Uninstall a program under the Programs category.
(You could also click on the Programs category and then click on Programs and features if you preferred.)
3. Scroll down the list of installed programs and select the OneSafe PC Cleaner app by clicking on it once and then click on the Uninstall button from the menu.
4. If you’re prompted by User Account Control, click on the Yes button.
5. When you see the Uninstall message, asking if you’re sure you want to remove OneSafe PC Cleaner from the computer, click on the Yes button.
6. Once you get the message letting you know that OneSafe PC Cleaner has been successfully removed from the computer, click on the OK button.
You can now close the Control Panel and any additional webpages that may have opened if you like.
How to Remove OneSafe PC Cleaner Using Malwarebytes
Note: Malwarebytes also has an application for smartphones that run on Android and iOS. Here is a tutorial for how to install Malwarebytes on Android; the iOS version will be very similar apart from needing to use the Apple App Store in place of the Google Play Store. You will not have any problems finding it because your iOS software only comes with the Apple App Store.
1. Visit the Malwarebytes official website and download the tool for your computer by clicking on the Free Download link.
Unlike many other tools out there today that say it’s a free download and then list a bunch of things your PC doesn’t need to be fixed before asking you to pay a hefty fee with your credit card to fix them, Malwarebytes does allow you to download, install, and use the tool free for 14 days. All you need to do is run the tool once to fix the problem you have, and if you want to continue using the tool long term, so it’s scanning your computer periodically, then you can sign up to the premium version.
2. If you get a web browser warning about files such as these potentially harming your device, click on the Keep button to proceed with the download.
Malwarebytes is a tool trusted by millions of people around the world and will not harm your device. Windows just can’t distinguish all files yet and so you sometimes see a warning such as this one even though the file is trustworthy.
3. Click on the Malwarebytes executable file once the downloads completes.
If you need to, you can also access it by heading to the Start menu > File Explorer > This PC and then opening up the Downloads folder.
4. If prompted by User Account Control (UAC) click on the Yes button.
5. From the Select Setup Language dialog, click on the drop-down menu to select your language such as English and then click on the OK button.
6. When it asks where are you installing Malwarebytes, click on either Personal computer or Work computer, depending on which one makes sense for you, and then click on the Continue button.
8. Wait a few moments for Malwarebytes to install on the computer.
9. Click on the Finish button when you get to the screen where it lets you know that the Malwarebytes installation is complete.
10. A few moments later the Malwarebytes interface will automatically open on the computer for you. Make sure you’ve selected Dashboard from the left pane and then click on the Scan Now button.
11. Malwarebytes lets you know how the progress of the scan is going while it goes to work. Wait for the scan to complete.
12. From the scan results, make sure all the threats that you want to be removed are checked by clicking on each of the associated checkboxes and then click on the Quarantine Selected button.
13. The threats are now held in Quarantine and are no longer on the computer.
You can now close the Malwarebytes program if you like.
If you ever want to delete Malwarebytes from the computer, you can do that by finding the list of applications and uninstalling it as you would any other app. Should you choose to uninstall Malwarebytes in the future, it will not mean that the computer is infected with the malware again. The malware remains off the computer (unless you were to install it again accidentally).
Do I Have to Complete All the Methods Before the Malware Is Removed?
No, you do not. Your computer will often be removed from all malware by using one of the methods available. It’s when you try one method, and the malware remains that you should try another method in the tutorial.
Are the Steps Listed in Order of What Should Work Better?
Not necessarily. We often put the Windows Security before third-party applications because if you use Windows, you might prefer solving the problem without having installed another program on the computer. Windows Security is also free to use for your duration of using the operating system, which could mean more convenience to you.
Nevertheless, if you prefer using third-party programs, or your computer is not running Windows, then you can skip the Windows Security method and try using the third-party program recommendations instead.
Do I Have to Complete All Parts of the Windows Security Tutorial?
No, you do not. We have listed all the different ways you can run an antimalware scan with Windows Security for your convenience, but you only need to choose one of the methods to remove the malware.
Sometimes you may need to be able to get access to all options of running an antimalware scan—especially if your computer is currently being affected by the malware—which is why we have listed all the ways you can run scans with Windows Security.
Why Do You Have a Tutorial for Android but Not for iOS?
Since Android is currently the more open operating system of the two—and therefore potentially more susceptible to malware—it makes sense that in theory, more people will potentially get malware on Android than iOS at this time. What’s more, you also get far more applications to choose from on the Google Play Store than with Apple’s App Store because Android has more users.
That said, the only reason Android is more open is that people choose to open it—it does not automatically come that way out of the box. So we are not necessarily suggesting that iOS is naturally more secure than Android.