SpeedUpPC 2018 PUP

Also Known As: SpeedUpPC 2018 potentially unwanted program
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

SpeedUpPC 2018 removal instructions

What is SpeedUpPC 2018?

Identical to Wise System Mechanic, SpeedUpPC 2018 is rogue application presented as a 'high end' system optimization tool. In fact, SpeedUpPC 2018 is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). Research shows that developers promote this app using malicious sites that display fake error messages. There is also a high probability that SpeedUpPC 2018 is proliferated using the "bundling" method. Therefore, it is delivered with a number of other potentially unwanted (typically adware-type) programs.

SpeedUpPC 2018 scam

Following infiltration, SpeedUpPC 2018 performs a fake system scan and displays a list of errors/infections. Unfortunately, to remove all of these infections, users must purchase a full version of SpeedUpPC 2018. Note that the list of infections is false. Criminals generate revenue by scaring and tricking unsuspecting users into purchasing the full version. This behavior is very common to developers of fake anti-virus/system optimization programs.

As mentioned above, there is a high probability that SpeedUpPC 2018 will infiltrate the system with other potentially unwanted programs that deliver intrusive advertisements, modify browser settings, and gather information relating to web browsing activity. Immediately after infiltration, PUPs employ various tools to deliver coupon, banner, pop-up, and other intrusive ads. Generated ads conceal underlying website content (thereby diminishing the browsing experience), but might also redirect to malicious websites and even run scripts designed to download/install malware. Therefore, even a single click can result in high-risk computer infections. In some cases, potentially unwanted programs promote dubious sites by modifying web browser options. PUPs assign certain URLs as, for example, the browser new tab URL, homepage, and so on. In these cases, users continually encounter unwanted redirects to various other sites. Furthermore, PUPs prevent users from reverting the changes - as long as they are installed, reverting browsers to their previous states is impossible. Potentially unwanted programs are also known to gather IP addresses, URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, and other data that might contain personal details. After gathering this information, developers sell it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. Therefore, the presence of data-tracking app(s) can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. You are strongly advised to uninstall all PUPs immediately.

SpeedUpPC 2018 shares many similarities with DriverUpdate, SlimCleaner, and dozens of other PUPs. Although all are developed by different people, their behavior is identical. By offering "useful features", potentially unwanted programs trick users to install. All PUPs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, these apps deliver no real value for regular users. In addition, many PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

Developers promote SpeedUpPC 2018 using fake error-displaying websites and the "bundling" method. Malicious sites present false error messages claiming that the system is damaged and encourage users to download SpeedUpPC 2018 to fix all issues. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party apps with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download or installation processes. Many users are likely to rush these processes and skip steps. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Most PUPs are distributed using the aforementioned "bundling" method and intrusive advertising. Therefore, to prevent infiltration, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Criminals invest many resources into intrusive ad design and, thus, most seem legitimate, however, they are distinguishable, since most lead to untrustworthy websites (e.g., survey, pornography, gambling, etc.) If you continually encounter these ads, immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, carefully analyze each window of the download/installation processes and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. You are advised to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since criminals monetize them by promoting dubious programs. Applications should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links.

Official SpeedUpPC 2018 PUP installation setup:

SpeedUpPC 2018 installation setup

Scam error promoting SpeedUpPC 2018 PUP (GIF):

SpeedUpPC 2018 scam gif

Scam error promoting SpeedUpPC 2018 PUP:

Scam promoting SpeedUpPC 2018 PUP

Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted programs:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

SpeedUpPC 2018 adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.


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Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the speeduppc 2018 potentially unwanted program, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the speeduppc 2018 potentially unwanted program, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with speeduppc 2018 potentially unwanted program removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click Safari menu, then select Preferences...

removing browser hijacker from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the preferences window select the Extensions tab. Look for any recently installed suspicious extensions and uninstall them.

Removing browser hijackers from safari step 3 - changing homepage

In the preferences window select General tab and make sure that your homepage is set to a preferred URL, if its altered by a browser hijacker - change it.

removing browser hijackers from safari step 4 - changing the default Internet search engine

In the preferences window select Search tab and make sure that your preferred Internet search engine is selected.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Change your homepage:

Changing homepage in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings", in the opened tab, click the "+ Add new page" link, after entering your preferred URL, remove the link of browser hijackers by clicking the "X" button next to the associated URL.

Change your default search engine:

Changing default Internet search engine in Microsoft Edge

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Settings". Click the "View advanced settings" button and select "Change search engine". In the opened tab, select your preferred Internet search engine and click "Set as default".

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of browser hijackers while downloading free software sampleA browser hijacker is a type of adware infection that modifies Internet browser settings by assigning the homepage and default Internet search engine settings to some other (unwanted) website URL. Commonly, this type of adware infiltrates operating systems through free software downloads. If your download is managed by a download client, ensure that you decline offers to install advertised toolbars or applications that seek to change your homepage and default Internet search engine settings.

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