Auto PC Care removal instructions
What is Auto PC Care?
Auto PC Care (also known as Auto~PC~Care) is software that supposedly cleans, optimizes, and improves computer performance by removing malware, unwanted programs, cleaning invalid registry items, and so on. In fact, developers distribute Auto PC Care by including it into the set-ups of other programs. Furthermore, people often download and install these additionally-included apps unintentionally. For this reason, Auto PC Care is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA). Auto PC Care is also used to advertise another app of this type called Driver Updater.
Auto PC Care supposedly detects various potentially unwanted items that might have an impact on system performance, however, to fix any issues, remove items, etc., users must activate Auto PC Care. Typically, this software activation is not free. Do not pay for any software categorized as a PUA. These programs often 'detect' fake issues simply to trick people into believing that their systems are vulnerable, contain invalid entries, etc., and purchasing the so-called 'full versions' of rogue software. It is unknown whether Auto PC Care provides fake results, however, being categorized as a PUA increases this possibility. Furthermore, the set-ups of these programs often contain offers to download or install other PUAs such as adware, browser hijackers, etc. Many people allow these apps to be installed unintentionally. When installed, adware displays unwanted ads that usually redirect to untrustworthy web pages or cause download/installation of other unwanted applications. This happens only when people click the ads. Browser hijackers are apps that change browser settings to promote fake search engines. Additionally, they gather IP addresses, geolocations, URLs of visited pages, entered search queries, and other details relating to users' browsing habits. In most cases, developers share the 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 supposedly cleans, optimizes, and improves the performance of 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 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.|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
Auto PC Care is similar to many other programs of this type including, for example, IOByte System Care, CompuClever PC TuneUp, and Auto PC Cleaner 2019. They supposedly improve system performance, fix errors, registry, remove malware, unwanted programs, and so on, however, do not trust apps that are distributed through the set-ups of other programs. Do not purchase Auto PC Care or other software categorized as PUAs.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
People often download and install unwanted software by accident. This happens by clicking dubious, deceptive advertisements or downloading/installing other software. If clicked, many ads execute scripts designed to start the download or installation process of unwanted apps. Furthermore, unwanted apps are often included into the set-ups of other software, however, this information is usually hidden in settings such as "Advanced", "Custom", and so on. People allow PUAs to be downloaded and installed with other software when they fail to check and change settings included into the set-ups of regular programs that they wish to download and/or install.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Files and programs should not be downloaded via dubious sources such as Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients, and so on), unofficial, dubious websites, or third party downloaders. The same applies to installation. Programs should not be installed through third party tools. Use only official websites and direct download links. If download or installation setups contain any settings, check them carefully and dismiss offers to install or download unwanted apps. Intrusive ads that are displayed on dubious web pages should not be clicked/trusted. They often lead to untrustworthy web pages or cause download/installation of various PUAs. If a browser opens these pages automatically or continually displays ads, check the list of installed extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons and remove unwanted or suspicious entries immediately. The same should be applied to unwanted programs that are 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.
Auto PC Care download web page:
Auto PC Care installation setup:
Appearance of Auto PC Care in GIF:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- 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 time of research, Auto PC 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:
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 plug-ins 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the auto pc care potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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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