Auto PC Care removal instructions
What is Auto PC Care?
Auto PC Care (also known as Auto~PC~Care) is a software that supposed to clean, optimize and speed up computers by removing malware, unwanted programs, cleaning invalid registry items, and so on. However, developers distribute Auto PC Care by including it in setups of other programs. Quite often people download and install additionally included apps unintentionally. For this reason Auto PC Care is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Also, Auto PC Care is used to advertise another app of this type called Driver Updater.
Basically, Auto PC Care supposed to detect various potentially unwanted items that might have impact on system performance. However, in order to fix any issues, remove items, etc., users have to activate Auto PC Care. Typically, such activations are not free. It is not recommended to pay money for software that is categorized as PUA. Quite often programs of this type detect fake issues just to trick people into thinking their systems are vulnerable, contain invalid entries, etc., and buying a full version of a particular software. It is unknown whether Auto PC Care provides fake results, however, being categorized as PUA increases such possibility. Furthermore, setups of programs of this type often contain offers to download or install other PUAs such as adware, browser hijackers, etc. Very often people unintentionally allow these apps to be installed too. When installed, adware displays unwanted ads that usually redirect users to untrustworthy pages or cause downloads, installations of other unwanted applications. However, it happens only when people click those ads. Browser hijackers are app that change browser's settings to promote some fake search engine. Additionally, they gather IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited pages, entered search queries and other details related to user's browsing habits. In most cases their developers share collected details with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse them to generate revenue.
|Name||Auto PC Care potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||Auto PC Care supposed to clean, optimize and speed up computers.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:DUOffer-A [Dcp]), AVG (Win32:DUOffer-A [Dcp]), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GT32SupportGeeks.U Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.czp), 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.|
|Additional Information||Auto PC Care promotes another app of this kind called Driver Updater.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
To eliminate Auto PC Care potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Auto PC Care is quite similar to many other programs of this type, for example, IOByte System Care, CompuClever PC TuneUp, Auto PC Cleaner 2019. Typically, they supposed to improve system performance, fix errors, registry, remove malware, unwanted programs, and so on. Nevertheless, it is not recommended to trust apps that are distributed through setups of other programs. We advise not to use (pay for) Auto PC Care or other software that is categorized as PUA.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Very often people download and install unwanted software by accident. They cause it by clicking unreliable, deceptive advertisements or carelessly downloading (or installing) other software. There are many ads that, if clicked, execute scripts designed to start download or installation process of unwanted apps. Also, unwanted apps are often included in setups of other software too. However, such information is usually hidden in their settings like "Advanced", "Custom", and so on. People allow for PUAs to be downloaded and installed together with some other software when they do not check (and change) settings that are included in setups of programs that they actually want to download or/and install.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Files and programs should not be downloaded via questionable sources like Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients and so on), unofficial, questionable websites, third party downloaders, and so on. The same applies to installations, programs should not be installed through third party tools. We advise to use only official websites and direct download links. Furthermore, if download or installation setup contains any settings, they should be checked and all offers to install or download unwanted apps dismissed. Intrusive ads that are displayed on shady pages should not be clicked/trusted. Ads of this type often lead to untrustworthy pages or cause downloads, installations of various PUAs. If a browser opens such pages by itself (or it constantly displays ads), then we advise to check the list of installed extensions, plug-ins or add-ons and remove unwanted or suspicious entries as soon as possible. The same should be done with unwanted 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.
Auto PC Care download page:
Auto PC Care installation setup:
Appearance of Auto PC Care in GIF:
Instant automatic removal of Auto PC 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 Auto PC Care potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Auto PC 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 "Auto~PC~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 Auto PC 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 auto pc 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 auto pc 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 auto pc 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 auto pc care potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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