Microsoft security software detects and removes this unwanted software.

This misleading program makes fake claims about files on your PC. It's usually called Optimizer Elite Max.

The program might use legitimate files to claim that your PC is damaged.

Find out more about how and why we identify unwanted software.

What to do now

This program poses a high threat to your PC.

This program may create an uninstaller that can be accessed from the Control Panel. Running this uninstaller may remove some or all of the files related to the program:
  • For Windows 8, open the Start screen, type Uninstall and then go to Settings. In the search results, go to Uninstall a program.
  • For Windows 7 and Vista, open the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel then Programs and then Uninstall a Program.
  • For XP, open the Start menu and navigate to Control Panel then Add or Remove Programs.

Choose the program you want to remove, and then click or tap Uninstall or Uninstall/Change and follow the prompts.

The entry for this program may be called Optimizer Elite Max.

If an uninstaller is not available, does not work properly, or you do not want to use it, you can use the following free tools to detect and remove this program and other unwanted software from your PC:

You can also visit our advanced troubleshooting page or search the Microsoft virus and malware community for more help.

If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.

Threat behavior

Misleading:Win32/OptimizerElite is a misleading program that uses legitimate files in the Prefetch folder to claim that your PC is damaged.


It's usually copied in your PC as files in the folder %ProgramFiles%\Optimizer Elite Max. Its file name is Optimizer Elite Max.exe. It also adds a shortcut on your desktop to this file.


When run, this program displays a list of your PC's legitimate Prefetch files to claim that your PC is damaged:

Analysis by Mihai Calota


The following could indicate that you have this program on your PC:

  • You have this folder:
    %ProgramFiles%\Optimizer Elite Max
  • You see these icons or programs on your desktop, in the Start menu or Start screen, or on your taskbar:



Alert level: High
First detected by definition: 1.169.1983.0
Latest detected by definition: 1.175.752.0 and higher
First detected on: Apr 07, 2014
This entry was first published on: Apr 08, 2014
This entry was updated on: Sep 24, 2014

This threat is also detected as:
No known aliases