Uninstall Xtron PC Speedup from the operating system

Also Known As: Xtron PC Speedup potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

Xtron PC Speedup removal instructions

What is Xtron PC Speedup?

According to the developers, Xtron PC Speedup allows computers to run smoothly, faster, and error free. Although advertised as system optimization software, it is distributed through the set-ups of other programs. Developers use these set-ups to trick people into downloading and installing Xtron PC Speedup. People often download and install programs distributed in this way unintentionally. For this reason, Xtron PC Speedup is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Xtron PC Speedup unwanted application

Like many other programs of this type, Xtron PC Speedup allows users to scan the operating system for various errors and other issues, however, they cannot fix them unless Xtron PC Speedup is activated (via payment). PUAs often detect so-called 'issues' that do not exist. They go on to supposedly fix these fake issues, however, this has no effect on the computers/operating systems in any way. These programs commonly trick people into paying for activation in the belief that, once detected and issues are fixed, computers will run faster, without errors, and so on. Xtron PC Speedup and other programs are often distributed together with additional PUAs, such as adware and various browser hijackers. Adware-type apps feed users with ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up advertisements, etc. These can be annoying (they conceal underlying content of visited websites) and people who click them are usually redirected to dubious/deceptive web pages. These ads might also run scripts that start the download/installation process of unwanted software. Browser hijacking apps hijack browsers by changing the settings. Typically, they promote fake search engines and collect various data such as IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of opened pages, entered search queries, and so on. Developers of browser hijackers share the information with other parties (possibly cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. To avoid problems caused through these unwanted apps (issues relating to privacy, browsing safety, or even identity theft), uninstall them immediately. Do not trust Xtron PC Speedup or other similar programs or apps.

Threat Summary:
Name Xtron PC Speedup potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
Supposed Functionality This program supposedly optimizes operating systems
Detection Names (xpssetup.exe) Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), Emsisoft (Application.PCFixer (A)), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GT32SupportGeeks.U Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.jep), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. 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 ystem-cleaner[.]live
Damage Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
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There are many other examples of PUAs, including Shark PC Protector, PC SpeedLane, and Xtron Optimizer Pro. Do not trust or pay for them, since there is a high probability that they are useless and malicious. They will not function as promised. Do not trust programs that are promoted using dubious methods, especially those installed unintentionally.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

In most cases, people download and install PUAs through intrusive, deceptive ads that they clicked intentionally (or otherwise) or together with other, regular software. To trick people into downloading or installing unwanted apps, developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - they include PUAs in the set-ups of other programs and hide related information in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar parts. You can avoid these unwanted download or installations by checking and (if necessary) changing the settings. Many users leave set-up options unchanged, thereby granting permission for PUAs to be download and/or installed with other, regular software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Do not use third party downloaders, torrent clients, eMule or other Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial websites, third party installers, or other such tools/sources. Programs should be downloaded from official websites and direct download links. Download or installation set-ups that contain settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", etc. should be handled properly. Do not leave these settings unchecked, since they might include information about additional downloads/installations. Dismiss offers to download or install unwanted programs before completing any download or installation process. Do not click intrusive ads, as they often lead to untrustworthy websites. Typically, dubious ads are displayed on web pages relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. To stop your browser from opening dubious web pages or displaying ads, uninstall all unwanted/suspicious extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins. The same applies to 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.

Xtron PC Speedup download website:

Xtron PC Speedup download page

Xtron PC Speedup installation setup:

Xtron PC Speedup installation setup

Appearance of Xtron PC Speedup program in GIF:

Xtron PC Speedup 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.

Xtron PC Speedup adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Xtron PC Speedup" 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, Xtron PC Speedup 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 xtron pc speedup 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 xtron pc speedup 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 xtron pc speedup 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 xtron pc speedup 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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Malware activity

Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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