SpeedUp PC 2018 “Virus” Removal (Feb. 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove SpeedUp PC 2018 “Virus”. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

There are many different useful and helpful PC optimization and security tools out there that can help you with keeping your computer safe and clean as well as working to its optimal potential. However, it is also common for certain developers to employ certain rather sketchy techniques in order to make sure that their software products get installed onto as many machines as possible and that as many users as possible buy the full license to them. In the next lines, we will be reviewing one such software tool that, despite having some potential usability, seems to be getting distributed in a rather shady and questionable way. The software that we are referring to is called SpeedUp PC 2018 and below we will explain to you exactly what it does, how it gets distributed and why a lot of researchers tend to regard it as a PUP (Potentially unwanted program). We will also give you a guide for removing this program from your machine in case you want to get rid of SpeedUp PC 2018 “Virus“. You can find the removal instructions down below so make sure to check them out in case you do need to uninstall the program in question. 

SpeedUp PC 2018 “Virus”


Why is it considered to be a PUP?

First and foremost, we ought to mention that in and of itself, SpeedUp PC 2018 might actually be a useful PC optimization tool. The features that it is promoted to have such as Registry cleaning, startup optimization, removal of undesirable add-ons, etc. can actually improve the performance and even the security of one’s machine. However, it is the distribution methods of this program that make many security experts regard it as unwanted. Currently, one of the largest campaigns for spreading SpeedUp PC 2018 and getting it installed on as many PCs as possible is being conducted in Japan.

SpeedUp PC 2018 “Virus” Removal



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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

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


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

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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. 


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


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:



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


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:

hosts_opt (1)

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


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
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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!

Typically, the software is promoted by aggressive ads generated by a certain webpages. The banners and pop-ups that promote the tool oftentimes claim that there’s some issue detected on the user’s machine that needs to be taken care of. In order to deal with the said issue, the users are advised to download the tool and install it on their computers. However, no website can detect an issue on your PC, especially if you haven’t given your permission for some sort of scanning meaning that such warnings coming from random pages that claim some problem was detected on the user’s machine are a total ruse. Also, downloading the program and installing it doesn’t directly get you the full optimization tool. Instead, once the downloaded installer is run and used to install Driver Updater, what the user gets is only a free version of the program along with a bundled application called Driver Updater. The only thing that the free version of the tool does is it carries out another scan of your system only to confirm the (fake) results that were presented to you by the website from where you downloaded the installer. The Driver Updater also supposedly scans your machine seeking outdated software. However, regardless of whether or not you have PC problems or outdated programs, both of the pseudo-scanners will more than likely detect something that needs to be fixed. After the scanning process has been completed and the non-existent errors have been detected, the user would be prompted to buy the license for the full version of SpeedUp PC 2018 “Virus”. Now, as we said, the program itself might have its merits but the thing is that you might not even need it on your PC. Regardless of the condition of your machine, however, if you have the SpeedUp PC 2018 and the Driver Updater scanner tools on your machine, you will be told that you absolutely need to get their full versions in order to optimize and secure your PC. Such distribution techniques are really intrusive, misleading and deceitful and many users can easily get tricked into paying for something that they don’t really need.

Avoiding such unwanted programs

Normally, the sites that are used to promote software such as SpeedUp PC 2018 tend to have low-reputation and to be within the gray area when it comes to legitimacy. Therefore, we advise you to avoid and sketchy web addresses that you might come across on the Internet. Spam messages might also get used for distribution of unwanted software so be on the lookout for those as well. One other very common method used to spread PUPs is the file bundling or in other words the practice of adding some less desirable application to the installer of some other program. In case you are about to install anything new on your PC, be sure to make use of the Advanced/Expanded installation option in order to have the ability to choose which of the added software to leave out of the installation so that you can avoid landing anything unwanted.


Name SpeedUp PC 2018
Type PUP
Danger Level  Low (will likely not harm anything on your PC but could trick you into buying software that you might not really need)
Symptoms  Detection of various issues on your PC even if your computer is in a good condition and has no visible problems.
Distribution Method Misleading web ads, banners and offers as well as file bundles.
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