Uninstall the Advance PC Solutions potentially unwanted program
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Advance PC Solutions?
The Advance PC Solutions download page presents this software as a system optimizer that cleans unwanted files to enhance computer performance.
In fact, the program is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), since developers promote it by bundling it into the set-ups of other software. Generally, people download and install these bundled programs/applications unintentionally.
When launched, Advance PC Solutions supposedly allows users to scan the system for various unnecessary files, data that might cause privacy issues, errors, and so on. When the scanning process is finished, it does not fix any of the 'detected' issues or remove files unless the software is activated by providing payment.
Programs such as Advance PC Solutions (PUAs) falsify results: they display a list of fake errors and other so-called problems. The main purpose of these rogue programs is to trick people into believing that their computers need to be fixed and that payment for software activation is required. Advance PC Solutions is likely to be one of these rogue programs.
Do not trust software that is bundled into various download or installation set-ups. Note that developers often bundle more than one PUA, and thus Advance PC Solutions might be one of a number of programs that were downloaded and installed during the download/installation process of other software.
Typically, other PUAs that developers distribute in this way include adware-type apps and browser hijackers. Adware displays ads that, if clicked, lead to dubious web pages or they download/install other PUAs. It is possible that clicking these might lead to computer infections by malware.
Browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing browser settings and preventing users from reverting the changes. Additionally, apps of this type collect IP addresses, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, entered search queries, and other data. Installed PUAs might also collect personal, sensitive data.
Developers of these apps share the information with third parties who might be cyber criminals. To avoid issues with privacy, browsing safety or even more serious problems such as identity theft, uninstall adware-type apps and browser hijackers immediately. Do not use software such as Advance PC Solutions.
|Name||Advance PC Solutions potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||Advance PC Solutions supposed to operate as a system optimization tool.|
|Detection Names (advpcsolutions.exe)||Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), AVG (Win32:Malware-gen), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/AdvancePCSolutions.A Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.iio), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. The new application performs computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly detected 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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Examples of other programs that are distributed by bundling them into download or installation setups include Adroit System Care, mBytes System Care, and NetPanel Study. These are just some examples from many. PUAs often demand payment for activation, however, for the reasons above, do not pay. These PUAs do not detect or fix any genuine issues, errors, and so on.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Common ways to proliferate unwanted apps/programs are intrusive ads or set-ups of other software. Bundling is a deceptive marketing method used to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs together with other, regular software. PUAs are often hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar sections of the download/installation set-ups.
Information about additional downloads or installations is not properly disclosed. Furthermore, many people leave settings included in set-ups unchecked and unchanged - this leads to download and install of chosen software with additional, unwanted apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Avoid using third party software installers and downloaders, torrent clients, eMule, and other Peer-to-Peer networks. This also applies to unofficial websites. Use only official web pages and direct download links. If download/installation setups include optional settings, decline download or installation of any additional software.
Specifically, deselect offers to download or install PUAs, since they can often be found in settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", and so on. Do not click intrusive, dubious ads, especially if they are shown on unofficial web pages. Typically, these ads redirect to untrustworthy and potentially malicious websites.
If these ads or redirects present an issue, check the list of extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins that are installed on your browser and remove unwanted, unknown apps immediately.
If PUAs are installed on the operating system, also remove them. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Advance PC Solutions download website:
Advance PC Solutions installation setup:
Pop-up window displayed by Advance PC Solutions:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Advance PC Solutions?
- 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 "Advance PC Solutions" 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 Advance PC Solutions 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 advance pc solutions 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 advance pc solutions 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 advance pc solutions 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 advance pc solutions 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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