PC Power Plus removal instructions
What is PC Power Plus?
PC Power Plus is a piece of software, advertised as a system cleaner, booster and overall performance enhancer. It is supposedly capable of detecting and removing various unnecessary files, registry, privacy, shortcut and safety issues. This program has an official website, from which a trial version can be downloaded and the full version purchased. However, PC Power Plus might be promoted in other ways that are questionable. It can be inadvertently installed together with other software - this marketing method is called "bundling". Due to such dubious proliferation methods PC Power Plus is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).
PUAs are not to be trusted; applications categorized as such are considered to be a potential threat to device and user safety. Therefore, it is advised against downloading/installing and/or purchasing PC Power Plus. This software requires activation to perform its functions, in other words - it needs to bought to work. Despite being purchased, in most cases PUAs remain nonoperational and users find themselves scammed out of their money. Furthermore, download/installation setups used to spread such fraudulent programs, often contain more than one PUA (e.g. browser hijackers or adware). Applications of this type have many annoying and harmful abilities/purposes. They can generate unauthorized redirects to sale-based, untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious sites. Unwanted apps can also hijack browsers and promote fake search engines. Other types run intrusive advertisement campaigns; they implement a wide variety of tools to enable third party graphical content. Thereby delivering ads (pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys, etc.), which severely diminish the browsing experience, by limiting browsing speed and page visibility. Intrusive advertisements themselves carry certain risks. It is common for PUAs to have data tracking abilities as well. They record users' browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations and real-life personal details). This sensitive data is then shared with third parties (not unlikely, cyber criminals), intent on misusing it for financial gain. In summary, PUAs present on devices can cause browser and system infiltrations/infections, and lead to serious privacy issues, financial losses, even identity theft. To protect themselves from these threats, it is recommended to immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins.
|Name||PC Power Plus 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), BitDefender (Application.Deceptor.ABX), Emsisoft (Application.Deceptor.ABX (B)), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/AKick.D Potentially Unwanted), 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 PC Power Plus potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
All PUAs share similar qualities, unwanted applications released by the same developers can even be identical. Advance System Care, Auto System Care, Speedy SystemCare, Chistilka are a few examples of software similar to PC Power Plus. Unwanted content appears legitimate and it tempts users into installation by offering various "useful" and "beneficial" features. Regardless of how good these features sound - they are rarely operational. The only goal of PUAs is to generate revenue for their developers; to users they have no genuine value. They are designed to cause redirects, deliver advert campaigns, hijack browsers and gather private data.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Select PUAs, like PC Power Plus, have official download sites (some may even have multiple websites). They also spread through download/install setups of other programs. "Bundling" is a term used to describe this false marketing method of pre-packing regular software with undesirable or malicious content. By rushing through the download/installation processes (e.g. by using pre-sets, skipping steps and sections, etc.) - users can unintentionally install deceptive or bundled programs. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. Once clicked, these ads can execute scripts to download/install such applications without user consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is strongly advised to always research wanted content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Only trustworthy and verified download channels should be used. P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders and similar sources are deemed to be untrustworthy; therefore, advised against use. Download/Installation processes should be treated with caution. That entails reading terms, exploring all available options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings and declining to download/install additional apps, tools, features, etc. Typically hosted by unreliable webpages, intrusive adverts do not look suspicious themselves. However, they redirect to dubious websites - gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others. Should users encounter ads/redirects of this kind, they are urged to inspect the system and remove all suspect applications and/or browser extensions/plug-ins without delay. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of PC Power Plus application (GIF):
PC Power Plus installation setup:
Website promoting PC Power Plus application:
Instant automatic removal of PC Power Plus potentially unwanted application:
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- What is PC Power Plus?
- 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 "PC Power Plus" 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, PC Power Plus 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 pc power plus 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 pc power plus 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 pc power plus 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.
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