Removal instructions for the System Healer unwanted application
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is System Healer?
System Healer is a deceptive application that supposedly enhances computer performance by resolving various system issues and optimizing settings.
Judging on appearance alone, System Healer may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). In most cases, System Healer infiltrates systems without permission and gives no real value for regular users.
System Healer potentially unwanted program overview
After scanning with the System Healer PUP, users are presented with hundreds of system errors that apparently must be removed immediately. The free version of System Healer is incapable of doing this and users are encouraged to purchase the 'full version'. Be aware, however, that this is a scam - the entire list of errors is false.
System Healer's developers generate revenue by tricking unsuspecting users into paying for the full version, which simply empties the false list. In other words, this application is a waste of money. Never purchase the full version and remove System Healer immediately.
In addition, many PUPs cause unwanted redirects (browser hijackers), deliver intrusive advertisements (adware), and gather sensitive information. Therefore, potentially unwanted programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety. All PUPs should be eliminated immediately.
|Name||Sytem Healer potentially unwanted program|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Symptoms||A program that you don't recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about found issues. Asks for payment in order to eliminate the supposedly found errors.|
|Distribution methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Potentially unwanted application examples
System Healer is very similar to Win Tonic, Dr. Clean Pro 2018, 1Click System Mechanic, and a number of other potentially unwanted programs. By offering "useful features", these programs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy.
Despite this impression, all are simply designed to generate revenue for the developers and deliver no real value for regular users. Potentially unwanted programs cause unwanted redirects, gather sensitive data, deliver intrusive advertisements, and, in this case, promote in-app purchases.
How did System Healer install on my computer?
System Healer has an official download website, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, it often infiltrates systems without consent. Developers promote this PUP using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling".
Intrusive advertisements redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that stealthily download and install malware. "Bundling" is stealth installation of third party apps together with regular software.
Developers do not disclose PUP installations properly, and thus all "bundled" PUPs are hidden within "Custom/Advanced" settings (or other sections) of the download/installation processes. Therefore, clicking various advertisements and skipping download/installation steps often leads to inadvertent installation of rogue applications such as System Healer.
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 attention when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet in general. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings.
Opt-out of all additionally-included programs and decline offers to download/install them. We also advise you to download your applications from official sources only (via direct download links), rather than using third party downloaders/installers. These tools are monetized by promoting ("bundling") PUPs and, thus, should never be used.
Note that intrusive ads typically seem legitimate, but most lead to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, and similar). If you encounter these ads, immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins.
Screenshot of System Healer PUP:
Deceptive free software installers distributing System Healer PUP:
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- What is System Healer?
- STEP 1. Uninstall System Healer application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove System Healer adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove System Healer ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by System Healer' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove System Healer extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
System Healer adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 "System Healer", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes System Healer ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove System Healer adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, System Healer did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
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 sytem healer 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 sytem healer 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with sytem healer 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 sytem healer 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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the purpose of an unwanted application?
Unwanted applications are designed to generate revenue for their developers. This software can achieve this by promoting in-app purchases, causing redirects, displaying advertisements, collecting (and selling) private data, etc.
Is System Healer unwanted application legal?
Typically, unwanted applications are considered legal, as their End User License Agreements (EULA) tend to inform users about any potential behavior.
Is having System Healer installed on my computer dangerous?
This app can cause financial loss as it detects various fake issues on devices and requests activation (i.e., purchase) to fix them - however, System Healer does not actually have any such functionalities even after being activated. Additionally, this software may have other underside and potentially harmful abilities.
Will Combo Cleaner help me remove System Healer unwanted application?
Yes, Combo Cleaner can scan systems and eliminate all malicious unwanted apps. It is pertinent to mention that manual removal (i.e., performed without the aid of security software) might be ineffective. In some instances, even after the undesirable application is removed - various leftovers (files) stay hidden within the system. What is more, these remnants might continue running and causing problems. Therefore, thoroughness is essential in software removal.
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