If you are wondering what is System Healer Virus after finding it installed on your computer. This is a PUP and we urge you to uninstall System Healer immediately for the safety of your system. This is the short version of you question. The longer version you can see below, but the answer doesn’t change. The System Healer Virus should be removed immediately.
What is System Healer?
System Healer Virus is allegedly software designed to scan, optimize and protect your computer. It boasts to “Save you time and does wonders”, “faster and does the job better” and “Technically, the Best computer cleaner of 2015.” Whether you believe these slogans or not is up to you. The facts are that there is no actual criteria about how these applications are rated, so its just a marketing trick made to impress the unsuspecting
victim customer. Unfortunately there is no mention of System Healer Virus on any reputable reviewer’s sites and on popular performance test charts. System Healer Virus has nothing to put forward to protect its claim other then their word and we are not exactly the trustful type on these matters – we prefer facts.
System Healer Virus looks suspiciously similar to a type of useless money-grabbing software
Unfortunately there are many programs in circulation that we call bloatware (or scareware). If you are still wondering what is System Healer, thi is your answer – a piece of bloatware. Bloatware are not exactly malicious, but they don’t perform what they promise to deliver and as such they are mostly known as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs).
What is characteristic of PUPs you may ask?
- Aggressive self-advertisement
- Installation without user knowledge – very often through program bundles
- Inaccurate scan results with many false-positives and exaggeration of problems
Kind of rings a bell when you think of System Healer Virus, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately for an average user it can be very hard to tell if a problem scan is real or fake, leading many to question the nature of the program with the eponymous “what is System Healer.” There is one piece of advice we can give – look at how much time it takes for the program to perform a scan on your computer and how many problems are found. Unless you are running a supercomputer the scan should take at least several minutes the perform – fake scans are usually resolved instantly. The number of errors found is also an indication. An infected computer usually DOES NOT have hundreds of errors – it is much more likely for those to be just a few. If you are seeing a large number of errors then the scan result is likely fake or exaggerated to show problems where there are none, which should prompt you to uninstall System Healer.
Unfortunately System Healer Virus’s scan engine is gated behind the license payment – which is actually smart, because otherwise it would be too easy to expose them. But based on information from users System Healer Virus has a really low scan time, which is worrying,
Another worrying feature is that System Healer Virus’s interface contains links to core Windows functions, but the program passes them as their own. Take for example the Disk Checker option – when you launch it System Healer Virus is actually starting the Windows function that comes with every operating systems. Paying for things that you already have is just not cool in our opinion.
And finally there is the shady way in which System Healer Virus may install itself onto your computer. If you do not remember installing it yourself then it’s likely it was part of a software bundle and it was put into your computer by the installer of another program. This practice is widely used by Malware and Adware applications, so keep in mind that even if System Healer Virus is not malicious on its own another nasty program may have been installed alongside it. We strongly recommend you scan your computer regardless of whether you decide to uninstall System Healer Virus or not.
|Name of Threat||System Healer|
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program, possibly Bloatware
|Danger Level||Low (Not exactly dangerous, but you’ll get little for your money)|
|Symptoms||Flashing messages about problems with your PC – unverifiable
|Distribution Method||Software bundles or online Ads
1: Enter Safe Mode.
2: Uninstall the virus from your Add/Remove Programs.
3: Permanently delete System Healer from Task Manager’s processes.
4: Uninstall the virus from Regedit and Msconfig.
Remove System Healer
The first thing to do is a reboot in Safe Mode. If you already know how to do it, just skip this and proceed to Step 2. If you do not know how to do it, continue reading:
For Windows 98, XP, Millenium and 7:
Restart your computer. To be sure you don’t miss the time when you need to press it, just spam F8 as soon as the PC starts booting. Then choose Safe Mode With Networking.
For W8 and 8.1:
Click the Start button, then Control Panel —> System and Security —> Administrative Tools —> System Configuration.
Then check the Safe Boot option and click OK. Click Restart in the pop-up.
- Open the Start menu.
- Click the power button icon in the right corner of the Start menu to show the power options menu.
- Press and hold down the SHIFT key on the keyboard and click the Restart option while still holding down the SHIFT key.
W10 will perform the reboot. Next do the following:
Click the Troubleshoot icon, then Advanced options —> Startup Settings. Click Restart.
After the reboot click on Enter Safe Mode With Networking (Fifth Option).
Hold the Start Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
You are now in the Control Panel. Search around for System Healer and suspicious-looking programs. Uninstall it/them. Also, be extremely careful. Viruses often spend one last ditch effort to trick you into installing more of their kind. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:
Hold the Start Key and R again – but this time copy + paste the following and click OK:
A .txt file will open – don’t type or change it. If you are hacked and someone has access to your PC, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. This is what a hosts file looks like:
If there are a bunch of strange IPs connecting to you below “Localhost” you may be hacked, and it’s best to ask us in the comments for directions.
Open the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Once it opens, choose the Processes Tab. Look at all of the processes in front of you and try to determine which ones are a virus. Google them or ask us in the comments and we will provide the best assistance we can.
A BIG WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!
Right click on each of the virus processes separately and select Open File Location. End the process after you open the folder. Just to make sure we don’t delete any programs you mistakenly took for a virus, copy the folders somewhere, then delete the directories you were sent to.
Take a look at the following things:
Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter: you will be transported to a Pop Up window.
Go in the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
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 you can’t find them this way, look in these directories, and delete/uninstall the registries manually:
- HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious, but bear in mind they are always different.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random
If these things fail to help you find System Healer you need to resort to a professional scanner – obviously this is a malware that was created to steal your credentials and credit cards – meaning the people who created it spent a lot of resources to make it as dangerous as possible.
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