System Keeper PUP

Also Known As: System Keeper potentially unwanted program
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

System Keeper removal instructions

What is System Keeper?

System Keeper is a rogue application that supposedly helps to remove junk files, optimize the system, and eliminate various errors and threats. Judging on appearance alone, System Keeper may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), since it often infiltrates systems without permission and gives no real value for regular users.

System Keeper scam

This application provides a function allowing users to scan the entire system. They are then prompted with a list of existing errors/threats and the total size of junk files. Users are encouraged to remove these issues immediately, however, the free version of System Keeper is apparently not capable of doing this. Therefore, users are encouraged to purchase the 'full version'. Be aware, however, that information displayed after the system scan is false (your computer is likely to be perfectly secure and optimized). This application is designed only to help developers to generate revenue - they trick unsuspecting users into purchasing the full version, which gives no real value (it will simply empty the false list). In this way, criminals abuse users' trust. For these reasons, this useless PUP should be uninstalled immediately and you should never pay for the full version. As mentioned above, System Keeper often infiltrates systems without permission. Therefore, there is a high probability that System Keeper will have been delivered on your system together with a number of other PUPs. In most cases, potentially unwanted programs do three things: 1) deliver intrusive advertisements [adware]; 2) modify web browser settings [browser hijackers], and; 3) gather sensitive information [virtually any type]. You should eliminate System Keeper and other potentially unwanted programs immediately.

System Keeper shares many similarities with SpeedUpPC 2018, Wise System Mechanic, DriverUpdate, and dozens of other potentially unwanted programs. By falsely claiming to enable various 'useful features', PUPs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. Apps such as System Keeper are designed only to generate revenue for the developers, and thus, deliver no real value for regular users. Potentially unwanted programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

Developers proliferate PUPs using "bundling" and intrusive advertising methods. "Bundling" is stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs together with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes, whilst intrusive advertisements (coupons, banners, pop-ups, etc.) can lead to malicious websites or even run scripts that download and install malware/PUPs. Rushing download/installation procedures, skipping steps, and clicking various advertisements often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs such as System Keeper. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent system infiltration by potentially unwanted programs, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and, especially when downloading/installing software. Most intrusive advertisements may seem legitimate, but they often lead to dubious websites (e.g., surveys, gambling, adult dating, and so on). As mentioned above, intrusive advertisements are delivered by adware-type PUPs. Therefore, if you encounter them, immediately check the list of installed applications/browser plug-ins and remove any suspicious entries. Select "Custom/Advanced" settings and closely analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs. In addition, cancel offers to download/install third party programs and opt-out of those already included. Download your applications from official sources only, using direct download links. Free third party downloaders/installers are typically monetized using the "bundling" method (they promote PUPs). Therefore, these tools should never be used. Having a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed is also paramount. The key to computer safety is caution.

System Keeper PUP installation set-up:

System Keeper installation setup

Screenshot of System Keeper PUP:

System Keeper potentially unwanted program

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Quick menu:

Removal of System Keeper:

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.

System Keeper adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "System Keeper" and other 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.

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 system keeper 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 system keeper 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 system keeper 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 adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

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

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

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

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 didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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