PC Booster Pro removal instructions
What is PC Booster Pro?
PC Booster Pro is advertised as an optimization tool that boosts and protects computers. It includes features such as PC Cleaner, Internet Booster, System Optimizer, and Registry Cleaner. It may seem that PC Booster Pro is a useful tool, however, it belongs to the category of potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). People commonly download and install PUAs accidentally.
People can scan their systems with PC Booster Pro free of charge, however, to clean unnecessary files, fix the registry or other detected issues, they must first activate (purchase) the software. Software categorized as PUAs should not be trusted. These programs often display lists of fake issues. I.e., they do not detect actual problems. The main purpose of these PUAs is to trick people into believing that their computers might run faster and without errors if they pay for activation. There is a strong possibility that PC Booster Pro operates as one of these programs. Additionally, PUAs are often installed together with other programs of this type. Therefore, during the installation process of PC Booster Pro, other browser hijackers, adware-type programs, or other PUAs might have also been installed. Typically, browser hijackers change settings to promote fake search engines or other dubious web pages, and collect user-system information (IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited sites, entered search queries, etc.). Developers share this information with other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. Adware displays advertisements that, if clicked, open dubious or even malicious web pages. They might also cause download of unwanted apps. Do not trust PC Booster Pro, and uninstall all PUAs on the operating system and browser.
|Name||PC Booster Pro potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||This software supposedly cleans unnecessary files, fixes the registry, and performs 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 do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment 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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
PC Booster Pro is similar to a number of other programs of this type including, for example, Advance PC Solutions, Adroit System Care, and mBytes System Care. Typically, these programs supposedly find and fix errors, clean unnecessary files, and improve computer performance in other ways. You are advised not 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 from which it can be downloaded, however, most PUAs are downloaded and installed inadvertently. Typically, developers attempt to trick users into downloading and installing PUAs together with other, usually free, software. PUAs are hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the download or installation set-ups of other software. Despite this, download and installation of unwanted applications can be avoided by checking set-ups and changing the settings included.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Use official websites and direct links to download files or software. Do not use third party downloaders (or installers), software such as eMule, torrent clients and other Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial sites, and so on. Install software properly. Do not leave "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings unchecked and without dismissing offers to download or install unwanted software. Intrusive ads (especially when displayed on dubious pages) redirect people to potentially malicious websites or download unwanted apps. To stop the browser or computer from showing ads and opening dubious web pages, uninstall all unwanted extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons installed on the browser and programs of this type installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes 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 malware removal:
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- 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 time of research, PC Booster Pro did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or 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 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 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 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 pc booster pro 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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