Quick PC Tuneup removal instructions
What is Quick PC Tuneup?
Quick PC Tuneup is a piece of software, endorsed as a system optimization and cleaning tool. It is supposedly capable of enhancing device performance by eliminating unwanted files and similar. This program has an official download website, from which it can downloaded for free or purchased. However, Quick PC Tuneup can also be installed together with other software. This deceptive marketing method is called "bundling". Due to such dubious proliferation methods, it is categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).
Since Quick PC Tuneup is classified as a PUA, it is considered to be untrustworthy and a potential system threat. Therefore, it is strongly advised against downloading/installing and/or purchasing it. It requires activation to be operational, however often despite being bought, such software remains nonoperational. In other words, user get scammed and purchase a fraudulent product. Additionally, download/install setups used to spread applications like Quick PC Tuneup frequently contain multiple PUAs (e.g. browser hijackers or adware). These apps have many heinous abilities and purposes. They can hijack browsers and promote fake search engines. Also, they can generate redirects to sale-oriented, unreliable, compromised and even malicious sites. Other types run intrusive advertisement campaigns. They implement a variety of tools and enable third party graphical content, thereby delivering ads that seriously diminish browsing quality (limit browsing speed and overly page content). Intrusive adverts in and of themselves carry certain risks. Some PUAs posses data tracking abilities. They record browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) and collect users' personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life personal details). This sensitive data is then shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for financial gain. To summarize, PUAs can cause various browser and system infiltrations/infections, as well as lead to severe privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety - all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed without delay.
|Name||Quick PC Tuneup potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||System cleaning and optimization.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.3744), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/AKick.D Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.jzu), 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.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
To eliminate Quick PC Tuneup potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
In general, PUAs share certain similarities, some are even identical. Complete System Care, Qbit Optimizer Pro, Auto System Care are a few examples of applications akin to Quick PC Tuneup. Unwanted apps usually look legitimate and offer "useful" and "advantageous" features. However, all these advertised abilities are merely bait to trick users into installation. The only goal of all PUAs is to generate revenue for their developers; therefore, their features are often nonfunctional, hence they have no genuine value to users. Instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs cause redirects, hijack browsers, deliver intrusive advertisements and track vulnerable data.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Some PUAs, like Quick PC Tuneup, have "official" download websites. However, they can also be installed together with other software. The marketing technique of pre-packing ordinary programs with undesirable or malicious content is called "bundling". Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored or skimmed terms, skipped steps, used pre-set options, etc.) - increase the risk of unintentionally allowing bundled content onto devices. Another possible source of PUAs are intrusive advertisements. Once clicked, these ads can download/install such apps, without user consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is highly recommended to always research wanted content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Only trustworthy and verified download channels should be used. It is ill-advised to use P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders and similar sources - as they are deemed to be unreliable, hence more likely to offer unwanted/malicious software or content bundled with such. Download/Installation processes should be treated with caution. That includes reading terms, exploring all possible options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opting-out from downloading/installing supplementary apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements usually appear legitimate and harmless, however when clicked they redirect to questionable webpages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). Should users experience ads/redirects of this kind, they are strongly urged to inspect the system and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of Quick PC Tuneup application (GIF):
Quick PC Tuneup installation setup:
Website promoting Quick PC Tuneup application:
Instant automatic removal of Quick PC Tuneup 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 Quick PC Tuneup potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is Quick PC Tuneup?
- 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 "Quick PC Tuneup" 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, Quick PC Tuneup 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 quick pc tuneup 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 quick pc tuneup 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 quick pc tuneup 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 quick pc tuneup potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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