Avoid installation of unwanted programs such as IOByte System Care

Also Known As: IOByte System Care potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

IOByte System Care removal instructions

What is IOByte System Care?

IOByte System Care is advertised as system optimizer software, which supposedly cleans systems, fixes errors, uninstalls unwanted programs, and removes threats (malicious software). In fact, the developers distribute it using dubious methods. They include it within the set-ups of other software, and thus most people download and install programs of this type unintentionally. For this reason, IOByte System Care is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

IOByte System Care unwanted application

IOByte System Care allows users to scan their systems for items that impact system performance (including startup time), installed programs, and various threats that make the system vulnerable. To perform further actions (fix problems, remove threats, etc.), however, users must activate the IOByte System Care program by making payment. Note that software categorized as PUAs should never be trusted. Programs such as IOByte System Care often detect fake issues and do not fix any genuine problems. They display fake issues to trick users into believing that their computers could run faster and without errors/problems if they use the activated version. Despite this, it is possible that IOByte System Care detects some actual problems, however, programs that are classified as PUAs cannot be trusted. Furthermore, they are usually distributed with other PUAs such as adware, browser hijackers, and so on. If installed, adware displays unwanted, intrusive ads. For example, coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other forms of ads that, if clicked, lead to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. Browser hijackers are PUAs that change browser settings (to promote fake search engines) and gather details relating to users. Typically, they record users' IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and other similar data. Developers send the data to other parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. IOByte System Care is distributed together with another dubious app called Advanced Driver Booster.

Threat Summary:
Name IOByte System Care potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).
Supposed Functionality This software supposedly optimizes operating systems.
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), AVG (Win32:Malware-gen), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GT32SupportGeeks.U Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.jpp), 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 systemspeedup[.]best
Damage Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
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IOByte System Care is similar to other programs of this type such as CompuClever PC TuneUp, Auto PC Cleaner 2019, and Carambis Driver Updater. These are just some examples. These programs do not generally function as promise and, more importantly, users are encouraged to pay for them. We recommend that you uninstall all PUAs from the operating system or browser immediately. Do not use or trust programs of this type in future.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

People often download and install PUAs unintentionally. They are tricked by software developers who use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - they include unwanted apps in the set-ups of other programs. Typically, they hide details in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of software download/installation set-ups and hope that people fail to check or change them. If the settings are left unchanged, PUAs receive permission by default to be downloaded and installed with other regular software. Additionally, PUAs are installed through deceptive ads. If clicked, these ads run scripts that download and install various unwanted software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Download software from official, trustworthy websites and use direct download links. Do not use third party downloaders, installers, unofficial web pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), or similar channels/tools. Check "Custom", "Advanced" settings available in download or installation set-ups, and dismiss offers to download or install additional software. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious pages. These often redirect to deceptive websites or cause unwanted downloads and installations. If your browser opens dubious sites or displays ads regularly, remove all unwanted, suspicious applications (such as add-ons, plug-ins, or extensions) installed on the browser and programs 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.

IOByte System Care download page:

IOByte System Care download website

IOByte System Care installation setup:

IOByte System Care installation setup

Appearance of IOByte System Care program (GIF):

IOByte System Care appearance in gif

IOByte System Care installation setup includes Advanced Driver Booster:

IOByte System Care bundling Advanced Driver Booster

Advanced Driver Booster program:

Advanced Driver Booster unwanted application

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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.

IOByte System Care adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "IOByte System Care" 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, IOByte System Care 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 iobyte system care 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 iobyte system care 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 iobyte system care 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 iobyte system care 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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