Win Tonic removal instructions
What is Win Tonic?
Win Tonic is presented as an application that helps to remove various infections and optimize the system. Initially, Win Tonic may appear completely appropriate, however, developers promote this potentially unwanted program (PUP) using fake error messages such as Your Windows Computer Is Infected With (4) Viruses! and scam pop-ups. For these reasons, Win Tonic is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).
Win Tonic provides functionality allowing users to perform a full system scan. They are prompted with a list containing hundreds of potential infections/threats and are encouraged to immediately remove them, however, since Win Tonic's 'free version' is not capable of this function, users are encouraged to pay for the 'full version'. The problem is that it is currently unconfirmed whether Win Tonic is actually legitimate. The list of infections might be false and your computer might be optimized and virus-free. In such case Win Tonic would not give any real value for regular users - it would simply clear the list of threats. In other words, developers attempt to generate revenue by abusing users' trust. If you've been tricked into installing Win Tonic by some sort of online scan performed by a website, you should uninstall this application. If, however, you've installed Win Tonic intentionally, we advise you to reconsider this application and install another reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite instead. As mentioned above, Win Tonic typically infiltrates systems without permission and, thus, will probably have been delivered with a number of other PUPs. These programs typically do three things: 1) deliver intrusive online advertisements [adware]; 2) modify web browser options [browser hijackers], and; 3) record sensitive information [all types]. These programs are useless and should be uninstalled immediately.
There are many potentially unwanted programs similar to Win Tonic. For example, PC Accelerator, Free Malware Removal Tool, PCMax, and Advanced PC Care. All claim to provide 'useful functionality', however, these claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. PUPs such as Win Tonic are designed only to help developers generate passive revenue. Rather than enabling the functionality promised, PUPs deliver intrusive ads ("Pay Per Click" advertising model), cause unwanted redirects (modification of browser options), gather sensitive information (information selling), and, in this case, promote in-app purchases. Potentially unwanted programs pose a direct threat to users' privacy and Internet browsing safety.
How did Win Tonic install on my computer?
As mentioned above, Win Tonic is promoted via fake errors, which claim that the system is damaged and offer to download a 'repair tool'. Due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, Win Tonic is likely to infiltrate systems without users' consent. Potentially unwanted programs are often distributed using intrusive advertising and "bundling" methods. Intrusive ads redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that stealthily download and install malware/PUPs, whilst "Bundling" is stealth installation of PUPs with regular software. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes. Many users click advertisements and skip download/installation steps. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of various PUPs such as Win Tonic.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
The main reasons for computer infections are poor knowledge and careless behavior. The key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and, especially when downloading/installing software. Bear in mind that criminals invest many resources into intrusive ad design, thereby making them seem legitimate. These ads redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious websites. Most intrusive ads are delivered by adware-type PUPs - if you encounter them, immediately remove all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, select the "Custom/Advanced" settings, carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes, and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. You are advised to download your software from official/trusted sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers are often monetized using the "bundling" method (promoting PUPs), and thus these tools should never be used.
Win Tonic PUP installation set-up:
Fake error promoting Win Tonic PUP:
The fake error-displaying website performs a fake system scan and displays false results in order to trick users into downloading and installing Win Tonic unwanted application (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Win Tonic?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
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:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Win Tonic" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, 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:
At the time of research Win Tonic did not install any unwanted browser extensions. However note that some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you see unwanted ads or get unwanted redirects when browsing the Internet continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the win tonic 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the win tonic potentially unwanted program, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with win tonic 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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the win tonic potentially unwanted program, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, 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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