How to uninstall the PC Power Plus unwanted application

Also Known As: PC Power Plus potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

PC Power Plus removal instructions

What is PC Power Plus?

PC Power Plus is 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 also be promoted in other dubious ways. It can be inadvertently installed together with other software - this marketing method is called "bundling". Due to these dubious distribution methods, PC Power Plus is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA).

PC Power Plus unwanted application

PUAs cannot be trusted - they are a potential threat to device and user safety. Therefore, do not download/install and/or purchase PC Power Plus. This software requires activation to perform its functions by making a purchase. In most cases, however, PUAs remain nonoperational and users are scammed when they pay. Furthermore, download/installation set-ups are used to proliferate these bogus programs and often contain more than one PUA (e.g. browser hijackers or adware). PUAs have many annoying and harmful capabilities and 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 ad campaigns and implement a wide variety of tools to enable display of third party graphical content on any site, thereby delivering ads (pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys, etc.), which diminish the browsing experience (limiting browsing speed and page visibility). PUAs also have data tracking capabilities. They record users' browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect personal information (IP addresses, geolocations, and other details). This sensitive data is then shared with third parties (cyber criminals) intent on misusing it for financial gain. In summary, PUAs present on devices can cause browser and system infiltration/infections and lead to serious privacy issues, financial loss, and even identity theft. To protect yourself from these threats, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins.

Threat Summary:
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.
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All PUAs share similar characteristics. Unwanted applications released by the same developers are often identical. Advance System CareAuto System CareSpeedy SystemCare, and Chistilka are some examples of software similar to PC Power Plus. Unwanted content may seem legitimate and often tempts users to install by offering various "useful" and "beneficial" features. Regardless of how good these features may sound, they are rarely operational. The only purpose of PUAs is to generate revenue for the developers, whilst regular users receive no genuine value. They cause redirects, deliver ad campaigns, hijack browsers, and gather private data.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Certain PUAs, such as PC Power Plus, have official download sites (some might even have multiple websites). They also proliferate through download/install set-ups of other programs. "Bundling" is a term used to describe this false marketing method of pre-packing regular software with unwanted or malicious content. By rushing through the download/installation processes (e.g. using pre-sets, skipping steps and sections, etc.), many users unintentionally install deceptive or bundled programs. Intrusive ads also proliferate PUAs. Once clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install PUAs without users' consent.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications

Research software/content to verify its legitimacy before downloading/installing. Use only trustworthy and verified download channels. P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), unofficial and free file-hosting sites, third party downloaders and similar sources are untrusted and should not be used. Download/Installation processes should be treated with caution. Read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings, and decline offers to download/install additional apps, tools, features, etc. Typically hosted by dubious web pages, intrusive ads may not seem suspicious, however, they can redirect to dubious websites( gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and others). If you encounter ads/redirects of this kind, 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 Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of PC Power Plus application (GIF):

PC Power Plus application

PC Power Plus installation setup:

PC Power Plus installation setup

Website promoting PC Power Plus application:

PC Power Plus 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.

PC Power Plus adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

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 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.

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 pc power plus 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 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, 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 pc power plus 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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