How to remove the Auto System Care unwanted application
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Auto System Care?
Auto System Care, also known as Auto- System -Care, is software endorsed as a system cleaner and optimization tool. It is allegedly capable of speeding up devices, and detecting and removing various threats and issues. Due to its dubious modes of distribution, it is categorized as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).
It is distributed in the download/install set-ups of other programs and thus users often install this application inadvertently. Auto System Care also has an official web page from which it can be purchased.
Once installed, Auto System Care performs a 'system scan' and supposedly finds various problems. To fix these, users are urged to purchase an activation key - in effect, purchase the program. Note that PUAs cannot be trusted. In most cases, this software is untrusted and any issues it detects are likely to be fake.
Therefore, do not install and/or purchase Auto System Care. Note also that the software promotes another PUA called Driver Updater. This is a common occurrence: download/install set-ups used to proliferate these programs often contain more than one unwanted application (e.g. browser hijackers, adware, etc.).
PUAs are a hazard to system and user safety, since they cause various hindrances and problems. These apps can hijack browsers and generate redirects to sale-oriented, untrusted, and even malicious websites. They also run intrusive advertisement campaigns (pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, etc.).
Furthermore, some PUAs have data tracking capabilities. By monitoring browsing activity (URLs visited pages viewed, search engine history, etc.), they collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations, and other details). This private data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) seeking to misuse it to generate profit.
Therefore, PUAs can cause browser and system infiltration/infections, and lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss, and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||Auto System Care potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Supposed Functionality||Virus removal, system optimization.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:DUOffer-A [Dcp]), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Application.Deceptor.Slv.1), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GT32SupportGeeks.U Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.PCFixer.gen), 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.|
|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 Combo Cleaner.
Full PC Care 2.0, PC Booster Pro, and mBytes System Care are some examples of apps similar to Auto System Care. In fact, most PUAs share certain traits and some are even identical. They typically seem legitimate and offer "useful" features, however, these features are rarely operational.
The only purpose of all unwanted content is to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no value. PUAs cause redirects, hijack browsers, run ad campaigns, and track sensitive data.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Some PUAs, such as Auto System Care, have "official" download sites, however, they are also advertised on various scam web pages (which warn users of 'detected threats' and offer select PUAs as software capable of removing them). These applications also proliferate via the download/install set-ups of other software.
The false marketing method of pre-packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious content is called "bundling". Rushing download/installation processes (e.g. ignoring terms, skipping steps, using pre-set options, etc.) increases the risk of potential system infiltration and infections. Intrusive advertisements are also known to proliferate PUAs.
Once clicked, they can execute scripts designed to make rogue downloads/installs without users' permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Research your content and software to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing. Only trustworthy and verified download channels should be used. P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, Gnutella, eMule, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting websites, third party downloaders and similar sources are untrusted and should not be used.
Download/Installation processes should be approached with caution. Read the terms, study possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and opt-out of downloading/installing additional apps, tools, features, etc.
Intrusive ads usually seem legitimate and innocuous, however, they can redirect to dubious sites (e.g. pornography, adult-dating, gambling, etc.). If you encounter these ads/redirects, inspect the system and immediately remove all dubious applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins.
If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of Auto System Care application (GIF):
Auto System Care installation setup:
Website promoting Auto System Care application:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Auto 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 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 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, Auto System Care did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed 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 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 auto 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 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 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 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 system 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.
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