What is Win Tonic

Win Tonic is doubtful Windows optimization utility and anti-virus scanner, that is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This program is not a malware, however, it uses scam pop-ups, unethical obsessive advertising for distribution. Win Tonic can also show an over-exaggerated amount of problems and display alerts to scare users into purchasing the program. Because of these factors, Win Tonic can be classified as scareware or even rogue software. Users report certain problems with uninstalling this application from Windows using standard methods. We researched the issue and created this handy guide to remove Win Tonic from Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 and previous versions of Windows.

win tonic gui

How Win Tonic infected your PC

Win Tonic is distributed via fake error messages and browser pop-ups, like one shown below, stating that your computer is severely infected or has performance problems. This scares novice users and makes them download and purchase the program. However, the computer may not have proclaimed problems. Pop-ups usually come from lp.pctonics.com domain, that is known to be the official website of Win Tonic. As this website is already blocked by some internet security programs, they also use domains wintonic.net, winactiv.com and others. Usually, such ads are used in low-quality advertising networks. In order to remove Win Tonic from the computer and protect it from unwanted apps like this, please, use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

pop-up from pctonics.com

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Remove Win Tonic manually for free

Here is a manual step-by-step tutorial for full Win Tonic removal from your computer. This works 99% and was checked with the latest versions of Win Tonic installer on operating systems with the latest updates and browser versions.

Remove Win Tonic from Control Panel

To start removing Win Tonic you should remove it using Control Panel. It should uninstall correctly, however, we recommend you to use CleanMyPC to clean leftover items after uninstalling. Here are instructions for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Remove Win Tonic from Windows XP:

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Choose Control Panel.
  3. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  4. Find Win Tonic.
  5. Click Uninstall.

Remove Win Tonic from Windows 7:

  1. Click Start button.
  2. Then go to Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a Program.
  4. Find Win Tonic and click Uninstall.

Remove Win Tonic from Windows 8:

  1. Hover mouse pointer to the bottom-right corner to see Menu.
  2. Click Search.
  3. After that click Apps.
  4. Then Control Panel.
  5. Click Uninstall a Program under Programs.
  6. Find Win Tonic, click Uninstall.

Remove Win Tonic from Windows 10:

There are 2 ways to uninstall Win Tonic from Windows 10

Way one
  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Settings.
  3. Click on the System tile.
  4. Click Apps & features and locate Win Tonic in the list.
  5. Click on it and then click Uninstall button near it.
Way two (classic)
  1. Right-click on the Start button.
  2. In opened menu choose Programs and Features.
  3. Locate Win Tonic in the list.
  4. Click on it and then click Uninstall button above.

Cannot uninstall Win Tonic

In some cases Win Tonic won’t uninstall and gives you message that “You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Win Tonic. Please, contact your system administrator” when you try to remove it from Control Panel or “Access denied” error when removing Win Tonic folder and files. This happens, because file wtc.exe or service does not allow you to do it. In this case I will recommend you to use SpyHunter 5 or Malwarebytes AntiMalware or uninstall Win Tonic in Safe Mode. To boot in Safe Mode do the following:

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While it starts booting type F8 button.
  3. This will open Advanced Boot Options menu.
  4. Choose Safe Mode and wait until Windows loads.
  5. Go to Control Panel > Uninstall a program and remove Win Tonic

>> See detailed instructions and video tutorial on how to boot in Safe Mode

Win Tonic files:

HtmlRenderer.dll
HtmlRenderer.WPF.dll
Interop.IWshRuntimeLibrary.dll
langs.db
Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll
Microsoft.WindowsAPICodePack.dll
Microsoft.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell.dll
Newtonsoft.Json.dll
sscfont.ttf
System.Data.SQLite.DLL
System.Threading.dll
TAFactory.IconPack.dll
unins000.dat
unins000.exe
unins000.msg
WpfAnimatedGif.dll
WPFToolkit.dll
wtc.exe
wtc.exe.config

Win Tonic folders:

C:\Program Files\Win Tonic
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Win Tonic
C:\ProgramData\pctonics.com\
C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Roaming\pctonics.com\

Win Tonic registry keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\cGN0b25pY3MuY29t\V2luIFRvbmlj\ACT
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\pctonics.com\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\wtc-pr
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\pctonics.com\
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\{58C1E04C-4538-46EF-93C7-788C935E0031}_is1

How to block ads and pop-ups offering to download Win Tonic

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As Win Tonic is mostly distributed via special ads and pop-ups promising to fix windows errors or remove viruses, good way to avoid installation of Win Tonic is to block such ads in browsers. There are couple of programs that have such functions. We recommend you to use AdGuard to remove ads by Win Tonic from browsers. Download free trial here:

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