Advanced PC Care PUP

Also Known As: Advanced PC Care potentially unwanted program
Type: Adware
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Advanced PC Care removal instructions

What is Advanced PC Care?

Developers present Advanced PC Care as a legitimate system optimization tool. Judging on appearance alone, these claims may seem genuine, however, Advanced PC Care is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), since it infiltrates systems without permission and gives no real value for regular users.

Advanced PC Care scam

Advanced PC Care provides functionality allowing users to perform a 'full system scan'. They are prompted with a number of detected threats/errors and are encouraged to eliminate them immediately, however, the 'free version' of Advanced PC Care is supposedly not capable of doing this. Therefore, users are encouraged purchase the 'full version'. Be aware that the entire list of errors is false - developers attempt to scare and trick victims into purchasing this bogus full version. Your computer is likely to be perfectly optimized and virus-free. The full version of Advanced PC Care will simply clean the list, and nothing more. This application gives no real value for regular users. Therefore, never purchase any software from these people. In fact, Advanced PC Care should be uninstalled immediately. As mentioned above, Advanced PC Care typically infiltrates systems without permission. Therefore, there is a high probability that it was delivered together with a number of other potentially unwanted programs, such as adware or browser hijackers. These applications deliver intrusive advertisements (via the "Pay Per Click" [PPC] advertising model), modify web browser settings (promotion of dubious websites), and record sensitive information (which is later sold to third parties). As with Advanced PC Care, all potentially unwanted programs must be uninstalled immediately.

There are dozens of applications similar to Advanced PC Care. The list of examples includes (but is not limited to) DriverUpdate, MegaBackup, DiskPower, and SpeedUpPC 2018. By offering various "useful features", programs such as Advanced PC Care attempt to give the impression of legitimacy. They often trick users to install, however, these PUPs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any significant value for regular users, PUPs generate intrusive ads, modify browser options, gather information, and, sometimes, promote useless in-app purchases. In addition, these programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

To proliferate potentially unwanted programs, developers typically employ two methods: 1) intrusive advertising, and; 2) "bundling". Some intrusive advertisements redirect users to malicious websites or even execute scripts that download and install malware/PUPs. "Bundling" is stealth installation of rogue applications with regular programs. Developers do not disclose these installations properly. Therefore, "bundled" apps are hidden within "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download or installation processes. Many users click various "tempting" advertisements and links. Furthermore, they are likely to rush download/installation processes and skip steps. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of various infections. The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Therefore, to prevent system infiltration by PUPs, be very careful when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Bear in mind that intrusive advertisements usually seem legitimate. Once clicked, however, they redirect to dubious websites (e.g., pornography, adult dating, gambling, etc.) As mentioned above, intrusive ads are usually delivered by adware-type PUPs. If you encounter them, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Remember also to carefully analyze each window (especially "Custom/Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. During these procedures, opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. Third party downloaders/installers are monetized using the "bundling" method (they promote PUPs). Therefore, these tools should not be used. We recommend that you download applications from official sources only, using direct download links.

Advanced PC Care PUP installation set-up:

Advanced PC Care installation setup

Screenshot of Advanced PC Care PUP:

Advanced PC Care potentially unwanted program

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.

Advanced PC Care 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 advanced pc care 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 and remove them.

Removing rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the advanced pc care 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 advanced pc care 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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