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Remove Advance System Care from the system

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

Advance System Care removal instructions

What is Advance System Care?

Advance System Care is one of many system optimization tools that supposedly cleans, optimizes, and improves computer performance, however, developers distribute this program through the set-ups of other software. People often download and install these programs inadvertently and, for this reason, they are classified as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). Do not trust Advance System Care or other PUAs. Furthermore, Advance System Care is used to promote other apps of this type called Driver Updater and Driver Tuneup.

Advance System Care unwanted application

Advance System Care allows users to scan their systems for various threats, unwanted software, items that might impact system performance, and so on. Despite this, it is impossible to fix any detected problems/remove items without having to pay for this software. Therefore, users cannot perform any further actions without activating Advance System Care. PUAs are often designed to provide false results, and thus they will not fix any problems. They are generally used to trick people into paying for activation. It is unknown whether Advance System Care provides false results, however, most PUAs do. Furthermore, their set-ups usually contain offers to download additional software such as browser hijackers, adware, etc. It is possible therefore that people who have downloaded and installed Advance System Care, also unintentionally allowed other PUAs to be downloaded and installed. Browser hijackers are applications that promote various fake search engines. They do this by changing certain browser settings. These apps also collect various user-system information (IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, and so on), which developers share with other parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse private data to generate revenue. If installed, adware-type software deploys unwanted ads such as coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups, etc. When clicked, these can open untrustworthy websites or even run scrips that download or install unwanted programs. Do not to trust Advance System Care and uninstall all PUAs immediately.

Threat Summary:
Name Advance System Care potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).
Supposed Functionality Advance System Care supposedly optimizes operating systems.
Detection Names AVG (FileRepMetagen [Malware]), DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.2219), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/GT32SupportGeeks.B 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.
Related Domains advancepctools[.]net
Additional Information Advance System Care promotes two other programs of the same kind: Driver Updater and Driver Tuneup.
Damage Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.
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There are many other programs similar to Advance System Care including, for example, Auto PC Care, IOByte System Care, and CompuClever PC TuneUp. In most cases, developers present them as legitimate and useful programs, however, few operate as promised. They are designed to provide users with fake results to encourage them to pay for activation of bogus software.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

To distribute unwanted apps, developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They use this to trick people into downloading and installing unwanted apps through the set-ups of other software by hiding the details in "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings. They include unwanted apps as additional offers. People who download or install software without checking settings included in the set-ups often allow PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed. These unwanted apps can also be downloaded or installed inadvertently by clicking intrusive, deceptive ads.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Do not use third party downloaders, installers, unofficial websites, various Peer-to-Peer networks, or other similar channels/tools to download or install software. The best and safest way to achieve this is to download everything from official and trustworthy websites, and using direct download links. Furthermore, check all download or installation setup settings and dismiss offers to download/install unwanted, additionally-included programs. Do not click intrusive ads, since they can redirect to untrustworthy websites or lead to unwanted downloads and installations. Browsers often open dubious web pages or display ads when PUAs are installed on them. Therefore, check installed extensions, plug-ins, and add-ons and remove suspicious entries immediately. Also remove all programs of this kind 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.

Website promoting Advance System Care application:

Advance System Care download page

Advance System Care installation setup:

Advance System Care installation setup

Appearance of Advance System Care application (GIF):

Advance System Care 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.

Advance System Care adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Advance 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, Advance 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 advance 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 advance 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 advance 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 advance 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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Advance System Care allows users to scan their systems for various threats, unwanted software, items that may impact system performance, and so on, however, it is impossible to fix any detected problems/remove items without having to pay for this software. Therefore, users cannot perform any further actions without activating Advance System Care. PUAs can be designed to provide fake results, which means they will not fix any problems. Quite often apps of this type are used to trick people into paying money for their activation. It is unknown whether Advance System Care provides fake results, however, most PUAs do. Besides, very often their set-ups contain offers to download additional software

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