What is Power PC Care 2018?
Developers promote Power PC Care 2018 as a useful app that enhances system performance and removes programs that make the system vulnerable to malicious attacks.
This may seem a legitimate app with useful features, however, Power PC Care 2018 is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since it is promoted using a deceptive marketing called "bundling", and is thus likely to be installed by many users inadvertently.
Power PC Care 2018 allows users to perform a 'free scan' to check for issues with the system. Generally, once the scan is finished, apps of this type indicate that there are issues that need to be fixed. Typically, these apps find many issues, but users are informed that they cannot fix them until the 'full version' is purchased.
There are many tools that have similar behavior: they allow users to perform a free scan and, after finding various issues, encourage them to purchase so-called full versions. Note that apps distributed using the "bundling" method cannot be trusted. They often display fake scan results.
Therefore, purchasing these full versions provides no real value. It is not known for sure whether Power PC Care 2018 is one of these rogue apps, but it is a strong possibility. Furthermore, apps distributed using the "bundling" method may not be the only apps that are installed.
In some cases, "bundling" is used to distribute more than one application (usually browser hijackers or adware-type apps). These apps are designed to deliver ads, cause unwanted redirects, and gather data. At time of the research, we noticed that PC Care 2018 was used to promote another dubious application called Driver Updater.
|Name||Power PC Care 2018 potentially unwanted application|
|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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Frequently, PUAs are promoted as 'useful' and capable of providing various features, however, they are designed only to generate revenue for their developers and rarely deliver any useful functionality. Unwanted apps cause various privacy/browsing safety issues. Few PUAs provide any real value.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Some potentially unwanted apps can be downloaded from official websites, however, users often install them inadvertently. Software developers trick them into installing PUAs using "bundling", a deceptive marketing method used to trick users into installing (or downloading) unwanted apps with other regular software.
Developers achieve this by not disclosing information properly and hiding these apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar parts of the installation setups. Note that they only achieve this if users skip installation steps and do not check available settings.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Install software with care. Pay attention to the details when going through installation steps. Check all available "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar options/settings and opt-out of offers to install any unwanted applications. Avoid using third party software downloaders, installation managers and other similar sources to download software.
Download your apps and programs using official and trustworthy sources only. Avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, especially when visiting dubious websites. These may seem legitimate, but often lead to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography, and so on.
Visiting websites of this type can lead to computer infections. If you encounter redirects to untrustworthy websites, check your browser for any unwanted/unknown applications such as extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins. Also check the list of installed programs on your computer.
Remove all unwanted entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of website promoting Power PC Care 2018 application:
Power PC Care 2018 installation setup:
Power PC Care 2018 setup bundling another unwanted app - Driver Updater:
Screenshot of the Driver Updater app:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Power PC Care 2018?
- 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 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 "Power PC Care 2018" 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 time of research, Power PC Care 2018 did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications are installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you see unwanted ads or experience 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 power pc care 2018 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.
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 power pc care 2018 potentially unwanted application, 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with power pc care 2018 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, 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 power pc care 2018 potentially unwanted application, 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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