Advanced PC Care “Virus” Removal (Oct. 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Advanced PC Care “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

Within this article, you will be introduced to a PC program called Advanced PC Care – this piece of software is promoted as an optimization tool that is supposed to help the user make their computer run faster and smoother by resolving certain errors and issues and by deleting redundant files and registry keys from the system. However, the main issue with such programs is that they oftentimes try to persuade the user into paying for their full version in order to solve any potential issues that the user’s PC might have. According to many software security researchers, Advanced PC Care belongs to the category of PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) meaning that if you currently have this application on your computer, you’d likely want to have it removed and uninstalled. If that’s your current case, we are happy to inform you that we can help you eliminate this program – all you’d need to do is scroll down, take a look at the removal guide and execute the steps provided in it. If you do this, the potentially unwanted software should be gone from your computer in no time. In case you need any additional assistance, do not hesitate to write us a comment in the comments section and we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Advanced PC Care “Virus”

The problem with system optimizers

Obviously, everyone wants their computer to run faster and to operate smoother and there are indeed many unwanted and unneeded things that can slow-down the performance of your machine. A lot of factors are involved when it comes to the way your machine performs. However, you need to understand that a lot of those programs that promise an to enhance and boost the way your PC operates are nowhere nearly as effective as their creators promote them to be. In certain cases, a certain improvement in the performance of the computer might be noticed but oftentimes it the difference is minimal, if not invisible. This, however, isn’t the main problem with a system optimizer like Advanced PC Care “Virus”. The real issue with such programs is actually their tendency to show false or exaggerated results after scanning your system. You see, most of the time a program like Advanced PC Care would come to your computer as a free application that offers you the option to buy its full version. The free version of the app, however, would typically only function as a scanner for software problems. While this might not sound too bad, you need to know that in many cases after the system scan is completed the shown results might actually be vastly exaggerated or even false. This means that Advanced PC Care “Virus” might warn you about a big number of problems inside your computer that need to be resolved whereas in reality your machine is just fine. Of course, after showing you the report and telling you that there are issues that need fixing, the optimizer would more than likely offer you to buy ts full version which would handle the said issues for you. However, again, as there is likely nothing wrong with your machine, buying the license for the full version of the optimizer would be nothing but a waste of money for you. This, of course, doesn’t mean that the program is ultimately useless if there are indeed things on your machine that need optimization but why pay for it if you don’t really need it?

Advanced PC Care “Virus” Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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Scan Results


Virus Scanner Result
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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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Step4

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Step5

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

How can a PUP get installed on your computer

Understandably, most users would not want to have a PUP on their machines. This has lead to many developers of potentially unwanted software coming up with alternative ways for ensuring that their products get installed onto as many PCs as possible. Such methods are typically specialized for stealth in order to sneak the unwanted program inside the targeted machine without the user realizing what has just occurred. Some examples of such stealthy distribution methods are misleading online advertisements, spam letters with attached files and links and software bundles. Here, we need to mention a few more words about those so-called bundles. You see, this is a perfectly legitimate method of spreading software. When it is used, the unwanted app is put in the installer of another program and once the user tries to install that other program through its Quick installation option, both the main software and the bundled application get installed. To avoid this, it is advisable that you use the Custom setup settings instead of the Quick ones – there, you will be able to see and leave out any added software installs that you deem undesirable. Simply uncheck everything that you don’t think you can trust and proceed with the installation from there.

SUMMARY:

Name Advanced PC Care
Type PUP
Danger Level  Low (isn’t typically dangerous but might persuade you into buying its full version without you really needing it)
Symptoms  Frequent warnings about issues with your PC and prompts about buying the license for the full version of the app.
Distribution Method Through its official site and through file bundling (potentially).
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