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What percent of users and experts removed it?
66% remove it34% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
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How common is it?
Global Rank #12,366
United States Rank #5,440
Reach 0.0299%
(Not enough data to show 30 day installation trends)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.25 days
95.89 days >
Average installed length: 50.38 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
1.3.0.30 68.10%
1.3.0.27 31.90%

Spyware Clear with PC Tech Hotline

What is Spyware Clear with PC Tech Hotline?  (from Crawler Group)

Free spyware detection software. Our Premium version also includes real-time protection that effectively removes and prevents spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats that may harm your computer, plus integrated antivirus, priority updates, additional security tools, integrate...  Read more

Overview

Spyware Clear with PC Tech Hotline is a software program developed by Crawler Group. The most common release is 1.3.0.30, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The primary executable is named spywareclear.exe. Many users end up uninstalling this after less than a month of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 16 files and is usually about 33.77 MB (35,413,017 bytes). The installed file SpywareClearUpdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 8 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 100% of users of Spyware Clear with PC Tech Hotline come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and France.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • The wisdom of the experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Spyware Clear with PC Tech Hotline.
spywareclear.exe (2c375cbe33cba87e213a20a643f88a0b) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W32.HfsAdware
CMC Antivirus 1.1.0.977 Packed.Win32.Obfuscated.10!O
Dr.Web 9.0.0.0229 Program.Unwanted.331
SCShell.dll (cb6f30df93d588e5a15fdcdad045aded) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W32.HfsAdware.6E5A
Dr.Web 7.0.12.3050 Program.Unwanted.331
McAfee 6.0.5.614 Artemis!CB6F30DF93D5
Symantec 20141.2.0.56 Yontoo.C
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0224
SCShell64.dll (b838850ec0cc49b2ba2f2e87f8ee42ec) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W64.HfsAdware.6E5A
Dr.Web 7.0.12.3050 Program.Unwanted.331
Symantec 20141.2.0.56 Yontoo.C
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V0319
SpywareClearUpdate.exe (1af13c94fd68e74d5176e0406d88a005) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
CMC Antivirus 1.1.0.977 Packed.Win32.Obfuscated.10!O
Dr.Web 7.0.10.8210 Trojan.DownLoader12.5821
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V1203
SpywareClearShield.exe (b25f7d6462db98469f6fb9f68e16001a) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6979 W32.HfsAdware.6E5A
Dr.Web 7.0.13.5270 Program.Unwanted.331
Symantec 20141.2.0.56 PUA.Gen.2
SC_Svc64.exe (06d976ee6ba1e995a72d99afdd1a8e09) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bkav FE 1.3.0.6379 W64.HfsAdware.6E5A
Dr.Web 7.0.12.3050 Program.Unwanted.331
SC_Svc.exe (6ff9b0f4b2998ff0240557c9ad4b26f2) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
CMC Antivirus 1.1.0.977 Packed.Win32.Obfuscated.10!O
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 Suspicious_GEN.F47V1212
       View all 22 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.SpywareClear.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Spyware Clear\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Spyware Clear\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 33.77 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Spyware Clear with PC Tech Hotline

Program executable:spywareclear.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Spyware Clear
Path:C:\Program Files\spyware clear\spywareclear.exe
MD5:2c375cbe33cba87e213a20a643f88a0b
Additional files:
  • SC_svc.exe - Spyware Clear (Spyware Clear Realtime Shield Service)
  • SC_svc64.exe
  • SCInternetGuard.dll - Spyware Clear Internet Guard
  • SCInternetGuard.exe
  • SCInternetGuard64.dll
  • (Malware detected) SCShell.dll - Spyware Clear Shell Menu Extension
  • (Malware detected) SCShell64.dll
  • (Malware detected) SpywareClearShield.exe - Spyware Clear Realtime Shield
  • (Malware detected) SpywareClearUpdate.exe - Spyware Clear Update Support

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Context Menu Handlers
  • SCShell.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SCShellMenu' with a class of {E778C05E-AFF7-4924-B04A-D4084859D53A}.
  • SCShell64.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'SCShellMenu' with a class of {E778C05E-AFF7-4924-B04A-D4084859D53A}.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • SCInternetGuard.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Spyware Clear Internet Guard' with the class of {E563E407-B348-41FB-BC3D-EACE3BD4B1A1}.
2 Services
  • SC_svc.exe runs as a service named 'Spyware Clear Realtime Shield Service' (SC_Svc) "Spyware Clear Realtime Shield Service".
  • SC_svc64.exe runs as a service named 'Spyware Clear Realtime Shield Service' (SC_Svc) "Spyware Clear Realtime Shield Service".
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • SpywareClearUpdate.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SpywareClearUpdater' which loads as C:\Program Files\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearUpdate.exe.
  • SpywareClearShield.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SpywareClearShield' which loads as C:\Program Files\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearShield.exe.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • SpywareClearUpdate.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spyware Clear\SpywareClearUpdate.exe'.
  • SpywareClear.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Spyware Clear\SpywareClear.exe'.

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Or, you can uninstall Spyware Clear with PC Tech Hotline from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Spyware Clear with PC Tech Hotline, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Spyware Clear with PC Tech Hotline.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

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If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Spyware Clear with PC Tech Hotline you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 8 60%
Win Vista (SP1) 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 66%
Keep it 34%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 8 60.00%
Windows 7 36.19%
Windows Vista 1.90%
Windows XP 1.19%
Windows 8.1 0.71%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 8.1 42.72%
Windows 7 Home Premium 25.06%
Windows 8.1 Connected 10.50%
Windows 7 Professional 8.35%
Windows 8 4.06%
Windows 8.1 Pro 1.91%

Distribution by countryGeography

99.72% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 99.72%
  Brazil 0.14%
  France 0.14%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 44.13%
Dell 27.09%
Acer 8.66%
Toshiba 7.26%
Lenovo 6.98%
ASUS 4.47%
Alienware 0.84%
Gateway 0.56%
Common models
HP 15 Notebook PC 15.42%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.75%
Dell Inspiron 3521 3.33%
HP Pavilion 17 Notebook P... 3.33%
Dell Inspiron 560 2.50%
HP Stream Notebook PC 11 2.50%

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