Smart PC Care Uninstall (August 2018 Update)


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This page aims to help you remove Smart PC Care. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

Smart PC Care PUP

Smart PC Care is a system optimization software tool for PC that is promoted as a program that could enhance and boost the performance of one’s computer by fixing certain system issues and errors, deleting obsolete and redundant registry keys and file and by getting rid of undesirable software such as PUPs and malware. Ironically, a number of cyber security specialists categorize Smart PC Care as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) due to some of its characteristics that we will go over in the next lines. If you currently have this program on your computer, you might want to have it uninstalled which is why we have added to this article a detailed guide for removing the app by completing several manual steps. Also, if you think that the steps from the guide might be too complicated, you can also use the removal tool that we have recommended inside our guide. 

Smart PC Care

What does Smart PC Care do and why is it regarded as potentially unwanted?

In theory, this program should actually help you improve certain aspects of your system by taking care of different errors, unwanted software, redundant data and other issues that might potentially be slowing down your PC and/or exposing it to different hazards. All of this sounds really good but there’s a catch. In most cases, the user initially only acquires the free version of the optimization tool which can only “scan” your PC for issues and potential threats but in order to have the program fix the issues and remove the threats, you’d need to buy its full version. Usually, this shouldn’t be a reason in and of itself to regard the program as unwanted. However, in many of the cases, the detected “issues” are actually legitimate pieces of data that most likely do not affect the computer’s system or performance in any negative way. Furthermore, some of the detected “problematic” data might actually be essential to certain software processes meaning that it is theoretically possible that Smart PC Care might actually delete something that should not be deleted. For instance, a number of the registry keys that Smart PC Care deems problematic are actually coming from legitimate software inside the system meaning that deleting them is likely, at the very least, unnecessary.

Smart PC Care Uninstall


 

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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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!

 

All in all, if you have the free version of Smart PC Care on your PC, it is possible that you might be given exaggerated and misleading results as to what inside your PC might be causing problems. The issue with this is twofold: firstly, in this way you could get tricked into buying the the full license for a program that wouldn’t really solve anything as there wasn’t anything to be fixed on your PC to begin with and, secondly, if you buy the full version of the optimization tool and use it to solve the detected “issues”, the program might actually delete something important that’s on your computer and that way destabilize the whole system and cause some actual problems to the computer. In fact, there is a official statement by Microsoft where they say they do not support such optimization programs that try to tinker with important registry keys and system data. Also, there isn’t any solid proof that most such programs actually improve the PC’s functionality in any way. All in all, it would probably be wise to take into consideration all of the aforementioned factors and decide if it’s really worth it to keep such a program on your computer. If you decide that you don’t want it and you’d prefer to have it removed, the guide above can help you take care of the issue.

The usual distribution methods used to spread programs like Smart PC Care

Most developers of PUPs tend to employ a variety of somewhat stealthy techniques in order to ensure that their software reaches as many users as possible. Sometimes, PUPs get send via spam message attachments or get distributed with misleading online offers and ads. Of course, many of them also have their official sites since, after all, most system optimizers are legitimate software programs regardless of what their reputation might be. File-bundling is also a method that is commonly used for spreading PUPs like Smart PC Care – in this case, the optimization app is included in an installation package with another program in the form of an added bonus feature. The good news is that you should usually be able to opt out of the installation of the bundled component from within the setup menu. We actually advise you to do that each time you are about to install some new program and see that there’s some questionable bundled component inside the installation manager.

SUMMARY:

Name Smart PC Care
Type PUP
Danger Level  Low (It isn’t malware but could mislead you and also potentially delete important system data)
Symptoms  Warnings about problems with your PC and prompts to buy its full version.
Distribution Method  Through its official site and with he help of file bundles is how this program would normally get distributed.
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