Uninstall Full PC Care 2.0 and Advanced Driver Booster

Also Known As: Full PC Care 2.0 potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Full PC Care 2.0 removal instructions

What is Full PC Care 2.0?

Full PC Care 2.0 is software that supposedly fixes problems (such as errors) that might be slowing the computer down, uninstalls unwanted programs, and removes malware, however, developers distribute this program by including it in the download or installation set-ups of other software. Typically, people download and install programs distributed this way unintentionally. Therefore, they are termed potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Furthermore, Full PC Care 2.0 installer is used to promote another PUA called Advanced Driver Booster.

Full PC Care 2.0 unwanted application

When Full PC Care 2.0 scans the system, it detects a number of issues (errors, unwanted apps, and so on) that cannot be fixed/removed without activating the program. Therefore, to improve computer performance (and fix found issues), users must pay for activation of Full PC Care 2.0. Note that programs that are categorized as PUAs should not be trusted, since many perform scans that detect fake issues. After activation, the software supposedly fixes detected issues and improves computer performance. It is unknown whether Full PC Care 2.0 is one of these rogue programs, however, there is a strong possibility. Furthermore, download/installation set-ups used to distribute programs such as Full PC Care 2.0 often include more than one PUA - these are also used to promote browser hijackers and/or adware. Browser hijacking apps promote fake search engines by changing browser settings. Additionally, they are often used to gather IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, and other data relating to users' browsing habits. Developers share the data with other parties (who might be cyber criminals) and misuse it to generate revenue. Adware feeds users with unwanted and often deceptive ads. When clicked, these ads open dubious pages or run scripts designed to download (or even install) unwanted, potentially malicious software. The Full PC Care 2.0 installation setup is used to promote another PUA called Advanced Driver Booster - do not trust or use either program. Uninstall these and other unwanted apps that might have been installed through rogue download or installation set-ups.

Threat Summary:
Name Full PC Care 2.0 potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
Supposed Functionality This program supposedly cleans, fixes, optimizes, and protects operating systems.
Detection Names (fpcsetup.exe) Avast (FileRepMetagen [Malware]), Emsisoft (Application.PCFixer (A)), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GT32SupportGeeks.U Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.iry), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. The 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.
Related Domains fullpccare[.]co
Damage Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
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Adroit System Care, Smart Sys Care, and PC Booster Pro are examples of other similar or identical programs. Developers advertise them as useful tools that supposedly allow computers to run faster, without errors, and so on. In many cases, these programs solve no problems and simply "remove" so-called issues that are bogus and do not exist.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

People often download and install PUAs unintentionally when they are tricked. To distribute PUAs, developers often use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". In summary, they add unwanted programs into the set-ups of other software that people download and install intentionally. Information about the additional software is hidden in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of download or installation set-ups. Many people unintentionally allow unwanted programs to be downloaded and installed with regular programs when they leave the settings unchecked and unchanged. In other cases, unwanted downloads/installations happen through deceptive ads that, if clicked, run scripts designed to download or install unwanted software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Careless behaviour often causes installation/download of potentially unwanted applications. To avoid this, do not rush software download or installation without first checking all available "Custom", "Advanced, and other similar settings. Opt-out of offers to download or install PUAs and only then finish the download or installation procedure. Download software using official websites and direct links. Do not use third party software downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrents, or other such tools/sources. Intrusive ads often seem legitimate but these untrustworthy ads can cause redirects to dubious websites (such as pornography, adult dating, gambling, and so on). If you encounter redirects or ads of this type, check the list of installed extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins on your browser. Uninstall unwanted, unknown or suspicious entries. Also check installed apps on the Mac and remove unwanted apps. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Download website of Full PC Care 2.0:

Full PC Care 2.0 download page

Full PC Care 2.0 installation setup:

Full PC Care 2.0 installation setup

Full PC Care 2.0 installation setup with the Advanced Driver Booster bundled into it:

Advanced Driver Booster included in Full PC Care 2.0 setup

Appearance of Full PC Care 2.0 (GIF):

Advanced Driver Booster appearance in GIF

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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.

Full PC Care 2.0 adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Full PC Care 2.0" 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, Full PC Care 2.0 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:

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 full pc care 2.0 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 full pc care 2.0 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 full pc care 2.0 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 (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) 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.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the full pc care 2.0 potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

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.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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.

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