PC Booster Pro removal instructions
What is PC Booster Pro?
PC Booster Pro is advertised as an optimization tool which boosts and protects computers. It includes features such as PC Cleaner, Internet Booster, System Optimizer and Registry Cleaner. It may appear that PC Booster Pro is a really useful and handy tool, however, it belongs to the category of potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is common that people download and install apps of this type accidentally.
People can scan their systems with PC Booster Pro for free, however, in order to clean unnecessary files, fix registry or other detected issues it is required to activate (purchase) it. Typically, software which is categorized as PUA should not be trusted. Programs of this type often display lists of fake issues, in other words, they do not detect actual problems. The main purpose of such PUAs is to trick people into believing that their computers could run faster and without errors if they would pay for their activation. There is a possibility that PC Booster Pro operates like one of these programs. Additionally, PUAs are often being installed together with other programs of this type. It means that during the installation process of PC Booster Pro some browser hijacker, adware-type or other PUA gets installed too. Typically, browser hijackers change browser settings to promote some fake search engine or other questionable page and collect various information (IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited sites, entered search queries, etc.). Developers usually share this information with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Adware is a type of software that shows advertisements. If clicked, these ads often open unreliable, or even malicious pages. They might cause downloads of unwanted apps as well. We recommend not to trust PC Booster Pro and to uninstall all PUAs that are installed on the operating system (or/and a browser).
|Name||PC Booster Pro potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||This software supposed to clean unnecessary files, fix registry and perform other system optimization tasks.|
|Detection Names (pcboosterpro.exe.bin)||Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), AVG (Win32:Malware-gen), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/AKick.D Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|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.|
To eliminate PC Booster Pro potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
PC Booster Pro is similar to a number of other programs of this type, for example: Advance PC Solutions, Adroit System Care and mBytes System Care. Typically, these programs supposed to find and fix errors, clean unnecessary files and improve computer's performance in other ways. However, it is not recommended to trust programs that are distributed through download or installation setups of other software.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
PC Booster Pro is advertised on its website and can be downloaded from there. However, most PUAs are downloaded and installed inadvertently. Typically, developers try to trick users into downloading and installing PUAs together with other, usually free software. PUAs usually are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of download or installation setups of other software. It does not mean that downloads or installations of unwanted applications cannot be avoided. They happen when people download and install programs without analyzing their setups/changing included settings.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Use official websites and direct links to download any files or software. It is not recommended to use third party downloaders (or installers), software like eMule, torrent clients and other Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial sites and so on. Furthermore, we recommend to install software properly: if there are any "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings, they should not be left unchecked without dismissing offers to download or install unwanted software. Intrusive ads (especially when displayed on shady pages) redirect people to potentially malicious websites or download unwanted apps. To stop a browser (or computer) from showing ads and opening dubious pages we recommend to uninstall all unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on a browser and programs of this type that are installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of PC Booster Pro (GIF):
PC Booster Pro download website:
PC Booster Pro installation setup:
Pop-up displayed by PC Booster Pro:
Instant automatic removal of PC Booster Pro potentially unwanted application:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of PC Booster Pro potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is PC Booster Pro?
- 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 "PC Booster Pro" 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 PC Booster Pro 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 pc booster pro 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 pc booster pro 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 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 pc booster pro 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 add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots 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".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove pc booster pro potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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