Pc App Store Virus

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Pc App Store

Pc App Store is a computer threat that can stealthily infect your system and take over its settings. Pc App Store can be described as a Trojan horse virus and it typically gets distributed throughout the Internet with the help of different disguise methods.

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You’ve likely already heard the term “Trojan horse” and know that this is something you most certainly don’t want to have on your computer. However, there’s quite a lot more that you need to understand about this malicious form of software in order to keep your computer safe from it or to remove any Trojans that may have already attacked your system. In this post, our main focus will be on the new Trojan horse version known as Pc App Store. This is a newly released computer threat that has already succeeded in infecting a big number of systems.

The PcAppStore Virus

The first thing we need to tell you about the PcAppStore virus, and the Trojan horse family in general, is that their main method of infecting the computers of potential victims is the use of some form of disguise. The PcAppStore virus cannot automatically attack a given computer unless the user, in one way or another, interacts with the virus.

SUMMARY:

NamePc App Store
TypeTrojan
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Please follow all the steps below in order to remove Pc App Store!

How to remove Pc App Store

  1. First, click the Start Menu on your Windows PC.
  2. Type Programs and Settings in the Start Menu, click the first item, and find Pc App Store in the programs list that would show up.
  3. Select Pc App Store from the list and click on Uninstall.
  4. Follow the steps in the removal wizard.

What we suggest you do first is, check the list of programs that are presently installed on the infected device and uninstall any rogue software that you find there:

  • From the Start Menu, navigate to Control Panel ->>> Programs and Features ->>> Uninstall a Program.
  • Next, carefully search for unfamiliar programs or programs that have been installed recently and could be related to Pc App Store.
  • If you find any of the programs suspicious then uninstall them if they turn out to be linked to Pc App Store.
  • If a notification appears on your screen when you try to uninstall a specific questionable program prompting you to just alter it or repair it, make sure you choose NO and complete the steps from the removal wizard.

Remove Pc App Store from Chrome

  1. Click on the three dots in the right upper corner
  2. Go to more tools
  3. Now select extensions
  4. Remove the Pc App Store extension
  • Once you open Chrome, click on the three-dots icon to open the browser’s menu, go to More Tools/ More Options, and then to Extensions.
  • Again, find the items on that page that could be linked to Pc App Store and/or that might be causing problems in the browser and delete them.
  • Afterwards, go to this folder: Computer > C: > Users > *Your User Account* > App Data > Local > Google > Chrome > User Data. In there, you will find a folder named Default – you should change its name to Backup Default and restart the PC.
  • Note that the App Data folder is normally hidden so you’d have to first make the hidden files and folders on your PC visible before you can access it.

How to get rid of Pc App Store on FF/Edge/etc.

  1. Open the browser and select the menu icon.
  2. From the menu, click on the Add-ons button.
  3. Look for the Pc App Store extension
  4. Get rid of Pc App Store by removing it from extensions

If using Firefox:

  • Open Firefox
  • Select the three parallel lines menu and go to Add-ons.
  • Find the unwanted add-on and delete it from the browser – if there is more than one unwanted extension, remove all of them.
  • Go to the browser menu again, select Options, and then click on Home from the sidebar to the left.
  • Check the current addresses for the browser’s homepage and new-tab page and change them if they are currently set to address(es) you don’t know or trust.

If using MS Edge/IE:

  • Start Edge
  • Select the browser menu and go to Extensions.
  • Find and uninstall any Edge extensions that look undesirable and unwanted.
  • Select Settings from the browser menu and click on Appearance.
  • Check the new-tab page address of the browser and if it has been modified by “Pc App Store” or another unwanted app, change it to an address that you’d want to be the browser’s new-tab page.

How to Delete Pc App Store

  1. Open task manager
  2. Look for the Pc App Store process
  3. Select it and click on End task
  4. Open the file location to delete Pc App Store
  • Access the Task Manager by pressing together the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys and then selecting Task Manager.
  • Open Processes and there try to find a process with the name of the unwanted software. If you find it, select it with the right button of the mouse and click on the Open File Location option.
  • If you don’t see a “Pc App Store” process in the Task Manager, look for another suspicious process with an unusual name. It is likely that the unwanted process would be using lots of RAM and CPU so pay attention to the number of resources each process is using.
  • Tip: If you think you have singled out the unwanted process but are not sure, it’s always a good idea to search for information about it on the Internet – this should give you a general idea if the process is a legitimate one from a regular program or from your OS or if it is indeed likely linked to the adware.
  • If you find another suspicious process, open its File Location too.
  • Once in the File Location folder for the suspicious process, start testing all of the files that are stored there by dragging them to our free online scanner available below.
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    • If the scanner finds malware in any of the files, return to the Processes tab in the Task Manager, select the suspected process, and then select the End Process option to quit it.
    • Go back to the folder where the files of that process are located and delete all of the files that you are allowed to delete. If all files get deleted normally, exit the folder and delete that folder too. If one or more of the files showed an error message when you tried to delete them, leave them for now and return to try to delete them again once you’ve completed the rest of the guide.

    How to Uninstall Pc App Store

    1. Click on the home button
    2. Search for Startup Apps
    3. Look for Pc App Store in there
    4. Uninstall Pc App Store from Startup Apps by turning it off
    • Now you need to carefully search for and uninstall any Hostingcloud. racing-related entries from the Registry. The easiest way to do this is to open the Registry Editor app (type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter) and then open a Find dialog (CTRL+F key combination) where you have to type the name of the threat. 
    • Perform a search by clicking on the Find Next button and delete any detected results. Do this as many times as needed until no more results are found. 
    • After that, to ensure that there are no remaining entries lined to Pc App Store in the Registry, go manually to the following directories and delete them:
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Random Directory. 
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/Random
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Internet Explorer/Main/Random
    What is Pc App Store?

    The creators of Pc App Store make sure to make their Trojans as harmless-looking and as appealing as possible. This means that a PcAppStore virus would oftentimes be disguised as an interesting computer game or an expensive program that has been pirated and is now available for free. Of course, as soon as the user downloads the disguised Trojan and starts it on their computer, the malware is set free and is able to take control of the infected system. In many cases, however, users don’t even realize what has happened until the damage caused by the Trojan becomes apparent.
    Despite Trojan horse viruses being known for their stealthiness and ability to remain undetected, there could still be things that may sometimes indicate that such threat as a “Pc App Store” or FastPcProf has entered the computer. One example of that is if your computer suddenly starts experiencing blue screen crashes.

    Is Pc App Store dangerous?

    Though this may be an indication of many different issues with the computer (including hardware-related ones), it may also be a possible Trojan horse infection sign. Similarly, sudden software errors, computer sluggishness, file corruption, and unauthorized system and software changes may also sometimes be caused by an ongoing Trojan horse infection. If you notice/have noticed any such irregularities on your computer, it’s best to complete the removal guide you will see further down this page in order to locate and remove any potential malware threats.

    What is possible damage caused by Pc App Store?


    Most Trojans are quite versatile, meaning that they can be used in different ways and cause different types of damage. Some of the more common examples of how a Trojan could be utilized is for theft of personal info followed by banking theft, personal harassment, or blackmailing, as well as for taking over the whole system and using the computer for illegal cryptocurrency mining. In some cases, Trojan viruses could even carry a secondary threat that they insert into the attacked machine. This is how many Ransomware viruses get distributed – with the help of an assisting Trojan horse.

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    Brandon Skies

    Brandon is a researcher and content creator in the fields of cyber-security and virtual privacy. Years of experience enable him to provide readers with important information and adequate solutions for the latest software and malware problems.

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