PC SpeedCat Unwanted Application

Also Known As: PC SpeedCat potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

PC SpeedCat removal instructions

What is PC SpeedCat?

PC SpeedCat is presented as a high quality system optimization tool. Judging on appearance alone, this app may seem legitimate, however, developers promote it using the "bundling" method, and thus it often infiltrates systems without permission. For these reasons, PC SpeedCat is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

PC SpeedCat unwanted application

This application allows users to perform a 'full system scan' to detect which settings must be optimized, and which errors fixed. After running the scan, users are presented with a list of problems, however, since the 'free version' of PC SpeedCat is apparently not capable of fixing these, they are encouraged to purchase the 'full version'. It is currently unknown if PC SpeedCat can be trusted. Be aware that many "bundled" system optimization tools are fake. They feed users with misleading scan results just to trick them into purchasing so-called full versions, however, these "advanced" variants merely clean the fake list - they deliver no real value for regular users. Since PC SpeedCat is also proliferated using the "bundling" method, there is a high probability that this application will be useless. We advise you to uninstall it. "Bundling" is often used to proliferate several potentially unwanted applications (usually adware and browser hijackers) at once. Therefore, there is a very strong possibility that PC SpeedCat is not the only PUA that has infiltrated your computer. Adware and browser hijackers generate intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and record various sensitive information. Therefore, as well as uninstalling PC SpeedCat, you should eliminate other suspicious applications/browser plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
NamePC SpeedCat potentially unwanted application
Threat TypePUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
SymptomsA 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 methodsDeceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.
DamageMonetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
Removal

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Many potentially unwanted applications share similarities with PC SpeedCat. They offer 'useful functionality', but are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Therefore, claims to provide any features are likely to be attempts to give the impression of legitimacy. Few enable the functionality promised. These apps often deliver ads, cause redirects, gather information, and promote in-app purchases, thereby posing a direct threat to your privacy and web browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

PC SpeedCat is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, it is also proliferated using the "bundling" method (stealth installation of third party programs with regular [usually free] software), and thus this app often infiltrates systems without permission. Developers are not honest enough to disclose installation of "bundled" apps properly - they hide them within various sections (usually "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users often rush and skip these steps - behavior that can lead to inadvertent installation of PUAs such as PC SpeedCat.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Lack of knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections - caution is the key to safety. Therefore, pay close attention when downloading/installing software and browsing the Internet. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out of additionally-included programs. You are advised to avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since developers monetize them by promoting ("bundling") PUAs. Software should be downloaded from official sources only, using direct download links. Furthermore, be aware that PUAs are also distributed using intrusive advertisements that redirect to malicious sites and run scripts that download/install PUAs (or even high-risk malware). These ads typically seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design, but they redirect to pornography, adult dating, gambling, and other dubious websites. If you encounter these ads, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Official PC SpeedCat website:

PC SpeedCat website

Official PC SpeedCat installation setup:

PC SpeedCat installer

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

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.

PC SpeedCat 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 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:

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 pc speedcat potentially unwanted application, 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 pc speedcat potentially unwanted application, 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 on "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 pc speedcat potentially unwanted application 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.

Removal assistance:
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