IOByte System Care removal instructions
What is IOByte System Care?
IOByte System Care is a software that is advertised as a system optimizer: it supposed to clean systems, fix errors, uninstall unwanted programs and remove threats (malicious software). However, its developers distribute it using questionable methods. They include it in setups of other software, most people download and install programs of this kind unintentionally. For this reason IOByte System Care is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA).
IOByte System Care allows users to scan their systems for items that impact performance of a system (including its startup time), installed programs and various threats that make system vulnerable. However, in order to perform any further actions (fix problems, remove threats, etc.), users have to activate the IOByte System Care program and its activation is not free. The problem is that software which is categorized as PUA should not be trusted: quite often programs like IOByte System Care detect fake issues and do not fix any real problems. They display fake issues to trick users into believing that their computers could run faster, without errors and other problems if they would use activated version. It is possible that IOByte System Care detects real, existing problems, however, programs that are classified as PUAs cannot be trusted. Besides, quite often they are distributed together with other PUAs like adware, browser hijackers, and so on. Adware is a type of software that, if installed, displays various ads. For example, it shows various coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, and other forms of ads that, if clicked, lead to untrustworthy websites or cause unwanted downloads, installations. Browser hijackers are PUAs that change browser settings (promote fake search engines) and gather details about their users. Typically, they collect details such as user's IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and other similar data. Their developers send that data to other people (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. It is known that IOByte System Care is distributed together with another questionable app called Advanced Driver Booster.
|Name||IOByte System Care potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||This software supposed to optimize 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 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 IOByte System Care potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
IOByte System Care is quite similar to other programs of this type such as CompuClever PC TuneUp, Auto PC Cleaner 2019, Carambis Driver Updater. However, these are just a couple of examples. Quite often programs of this type do not function as they supposed to and more importantly, users are encouraged to pay for them. We recommend to uninstall all PUAs that are installed on the operating system (or browser) as soon as possible and not to trust programs of this type in the future.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Very often people download and install apps of this type unintentionally. To be more precise, they are being tricked into it. To achieve it, software developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". It means that they include unwanted apps in setups of other programs. Typically, they hide information about this in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of various software download or installation setups and hope that people will not check and change them. If such settings are left unchanged, then PUAs get permissions to be downloaded or/and installed together with some other software that was downloaded willingly. Additionally, PUAs can get installed through deceptive ads. There are ads that, if clicked, run scripts that download and install various unwanted software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
To avoid having various unwanted apps downloaded or installed, we recommend to always download software from official, trustworthy websites and using direct download links. It is not recommended to use third party downloaders, installers, unofficial web pages, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule) and similar channels/tools for that. Another important thing is check settings like "Custom", "Advanced" that are available in various download or installation setups and dismiss offers to download or install additional software. Furthermore, we recommend to avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on shady pages. These ads often redirect users to deceptive websites or cause undesired downloads, installations. If a browser opens questionable pages or displays ads regularly, then we advise to remove all unwanted, suspicious applications (such as add-ons, plug-ins or extensions) that are installed on a browser and programs 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.
IOByte System Care download page:
IOByte System Care installation setup:
Appearance of IOByte System Care program (GIF):
IOByte System Care installation setup includes Advanced Driver Booster:
Advanced Driver Booster program:
Instant automatic removal of IOByte System Care 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 IOByte System Care potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is IOByte System Care?
- 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 "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 the time of research IOByte System Care 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 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.
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 iobyte system care 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 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, 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 iobyte system care potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
Post a comment:
If you have additional information on iobyte system care potentially unwanted application or it's removal please share your knowledge in the comments section below.