Do you know what Zolta Registry Cleaner is?
It is quite possible that if you find Zolta Registry Cleaner on your computer, it has not got there through official channels. In other words, it is possible that the presence of this questionable application on your system is a mystery to you. Although, there is a slight chance that you have installed this software knowingly, but according to our researchers, it is more likely that it has sneaked onto your PC in a free software bundle. Due to the questionable traits this program has exhibited, it has been classified as a potentially unwanted program, i.e., a PUP. While this may be the least dangerous category when it comes to infections, you should not take this application too lightly. We are here to share with you what our researchers have found after careful and thorough testing. It is important to be aware of the potential risks of having and keeping this PUP on your computer; otherwise, you might harm your system. We believe that you should remove Zolta Registry Cleaner if you do not want to be exposed to potentially unreliable third-party ads and potential scams. Please read our full article so that we can explain why we think that it is the best you can do in order to protect your computer.
You can find the official-looking website of this PUP at zoltapro.com. The first impression when you land on this site is that it was done by someone from a primary school. The “design” is rather simple, not to mention the pixelated quality of the images used on the page. Looking at this promotional page you cannot really take this application seriously or believe that this is a reliable program. However, the worst “shocker” comes when you actually want to download this PUP. Guess what! You cannot – initiate the download that is. No matter how many times you hit the download button, there is actually no program code behind it to function, which is quite suspicious behavior.Zolta Registry Cleaner screenshot
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But we do not think that you have ever visited this site. What are the chances to end up on it? Well, unless you know the name of this application and you run a web search. However, if you do so, we are dead certain you would never want to install this PUP. In fact, the first results page will be filled with articles about Zolta Registry Cleaner being a PUP and how you can remove it from your computer. And that is exactly why we recommend that you always double-check every new application you want to let onto your computer.
Unfortunately, this PUP seems to be mainly distributed in freeware bundles. You can guess that this is not the only questionable program in these packages. As a matter of fact, this software may be the least of your worries. You can easily let all kinds of malware infections onto your computer if you are not careful enough. These can be adware programs, Trojans, browser hijackers, and, of course, potentially unwanted programs as well. You may download such bundles while searching for free products, including books, music files, movies, and applications as well. There are lots of unreliable websites that are created with the sole purpose of hosting and promoting third-party installers and advertisements. Engaging with these sites in any way may result in downloading such packages. If this may have happened to you, we recommend that you run a system scan with a decent malware scanner after you delete Zolta Registry Cleaner.
When you install this PUP, it makes some changes to your system to make sure that it autostarts with Windows. So whenever you reboot your operating system, this software will also start up. This PUP is supposed to clean up your registry, for example, the empty keys, but it also claims to “kill registry entries that reference to dreadful Spyware and Trojans,” which we doubt, to be quite frank. In fact, this PUP seems to display fake messages that are supposed to scare the unsuspecting computer user into calling a provided “Technical support” telephone number (1-844-780-6726). This alert message practically looks very much like a legitimate blue screen of death (BSOD) that informs you that there is a major problem that shut Windows down. It even gives bits of advice for you what to do, such as “Disable BIOS memory options” and “Contact your System Administrator or Technical support team.” We believe that this whole program is mainly about tricking you into calling the above number. We have seen lots of similar scams from PC Optimizers and Cleaners, which all try to make you call a usually supposedly “toll-free” phone number.
Calling this number, though, may cost you a lot of money. It is possible that you will be tricked into buying a worthless piece of software that is supposed to solve your system issues. But there are other ways as well for schemers to make money “out of you.” If you want a reliable program to keep your computer clean, we advise you to do a proper web search and only install one that is proven to be a trustworthy application. As for this PUP, we recommend that you delete it.
The only good news about this application is definitely its uninstaller, which you can run through Control Panel. Since it is possible that it leaves a few leftover files, such as %WINDIR%\MyTrayApp.exe, we have also included a manual guide for the more experienced computer users as an option. Please follow our instructions below this article. Keep in mind that working with the Windows Registry has certain risks. Only go for the manual method if you are sure of yourself. But, if you are looking for an automated solution to protect your PC from all known malware infections and security-related issues, we suggest that you use a reliable anti-malware application.
How to remove Zolta Registry Cleaner from Windows
- Tap Win+R and type in Control Panel. Press OK.
- Pick Add or Remove Programs.
- Click on the program and press Remove.
Windows Vista/Windows 7
- Click on the Windows button in the bottom-left corner.
- Access Control Panel.
- Select Uninstall a program.
- Click on the program and press Uninstall.
Windows8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10
- Tap Win+I and open Control Panel.
- Choose Uninstall a program.
- Click on the program and press Uninstall.
- Press Win+R and type in regedit. Hit OK.
- Locate and delete the following registry keys:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\Zolta.exe (64-bit)
- Locate and remove the following registry value name:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\popup (value data:"C:\windows\y MyTrayApp.exe")
- Exit the editor.
- Press Win+E.
- Locate and delete the following folders:
%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Zolta
- Locate %WINDIR% and delete the following files:
- Delete the desktop icon (Zolta.lnk)
- Empty the Recycle Bin.
- Restart your computer.
In non-techie terms:
Zolta Registry Cleaner is supposed to be a registry cleaner application as can be inferred from its name; however, our researchers have found that this software is not reliable and might indirectly cause certain virtual security issues. Therefore, it has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program. As a matter of fact, this PUP may show totally fake alert messages, such as BSODs, to try to get you call a given telephone number. However, calling that number can end with a high phone bill and you might also be tricked to buy a useless product or service. As a worst case scenario, schemers might also trick you into revealing your personal information, which might be sold on the black market. Since it may also come bundled with malware infections, we suggest that you remove Zolta Registry Cleaner and all other threats present. If you prefer an automated method, we advise you to use a professional malware removal application.