Complete System Care removal instructions
What is Complete System Care?
Complete System Care is one of many programs that are categorized as potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), since most people download and install them inadvertently. Complete System Care supposedly optimizes Windows systems and protects them from various threats, however, do not trust or use any programs categorized as PUAs. Additionally, Complete System Care is used to promote another identical program called Advanced Driver Booster.
Complete System Care is advertised as a program that cleans junk, optimizes the Windows registry, eliminates malware, and improves system performance. The free/trial version allows users to scan their systems for various issues, however, to fix them, they must pay for activation. As mentioned, programs categorized as PUAs should not be trusted. They often perform scans that detect false issues. Many users believe that, after activation, the apps will fix detected issues, improve system performance, etc. This is often not the case. It is unknown whether Complete System Care is one of these rogue programs, however, most PUAs have this behavior. Furthermore, set-ups of software such as Complete System Care often include various PUAs and are also used to promote other PUAs such as browser hijackers, adware, and so on. Browser hijacking apps promote fake search engines by changing browser settings. Additionally, they are often used to gather information such as, for example, IP addresses, geolocations, addresses of visited pages, entered search queries, and other details relating to users' browsing habits. Typically, developers share the data with other parties, who might be cyber criminals, and misuse it to generate revenue. Adware is software that serves unwanted, often deceptive ads. When clicked, these ads open dubious websites or run scripts designed to download or install PUAs, potentially malicious apps. Do not use software such as Complete System Care and uninstall all PUAs immediately.
|Name||Complete System Care potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Supposed Functionality||This software supposedly optimize systems and secures them from various threats.|
|Detection Names||Emsisoft (Application.PCFixer (A)), BitDefender (Gen:Variant.Ursu.658649), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/AdvancedPcCare.B Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (HEUR:Hoax.MSIL.Optimizer.gen), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A 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||Complete System Care is used to promote another program of this kind called Advanced Driver Booster.|
|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.
Complete System Care is similar to other programs of this type including, for example, Qbit Optimizer Pro, Auto System Care, and Driver Tuneup. Generally, developers advertise them as useful tools that supposedly optimize systems, update drivers, and so on. Unfortunately, in many cases, these programs do not solve any problems and simply provide fake results.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
People often download and install PUAs unintentionally/accidentally. To distribute PUAs, developers use a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". They include unwanted programs into the set-ups of other software that people usually download and install intentionally. Furthermore, they hide offers to download or install additional software in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. In many cases, people allow unwanted programs to be downloaded and installed together with regular software when they leave the aforementioned settings unchanged. Unwanted downloads and installations can also be caused by clicking deceptive ads, which then run scripts designed to download and install unwanted software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Do not finish any download or installation process without checking all available "Custom", "Advanced, and other similar settings and dismissing offers to download/install unwanted apps. Download software only from official websites and using direct download links. Do not use third party software downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, or other such tools/sources. If clicked, many intrusive ads redirect users to dubious websites. Do not click them, especially if they are displayed on dubious websites. Check the list of extensions, add-ons, and plug-ins that are installed on the web browser and remove unwanted, unknown or suspicious apps. Also apply this to programs 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 Complete System Care application:
Complete System Care installation setup:
Appearance of Complete System Care application (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Complete 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 "Complete 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 time of research, Complete 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:
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 complete 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 complete 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 complete 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 complete 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove complete system care potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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