The PC Power removal instructions
What is The PC Power?
The PC Power is a piece of software, endorsed as a system cleaner and optimizer. It is allegedly capable of freeing up storage space, detecting and removing unnecessary files, malware, spyware, adware and other threats/issues. Due to its questionable proliferation methods, it is categorized as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). The PC Power has a promotional website, from which a trial version can be downloaded for free and the full version purchased. However, it can also be inadvertently installed together with other programs. This deceptive marketing tactic of pre-packing regular software with unwanted content is called "bundling".
The PC Power is considered to be untrustworthy, as it is classified as a PUA. Software falling under this categorization is a potential threat to device and user safety. It is expressly advised against downloading/installing The PC Power. Most unwanted apps of this type require activation, in other words they need to be purchased to become operational. However, in most cases these applications are fake and nonoperational. Therefore, even if they are activated (bought) - they remain nonfunctional (i.e. cannot perform the promised abilities/features). Additionally, download/installation setups used to spread apps like The PC Power, often contain more than one PUA (e.g. browser hijackers or adware). Said apps have many harmful abilities. They can generate redirects to various webpages, such as sale-based, untrustworthy, compromised, deceptive/scam and malicious sites. Some can run intrusive advertisement campaigns, by employing a variety of tools, which enable third party graphical content. Thereby, they deliver ads (pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, etc.) that severely diminish browsing quality - limit browsing speed and page visibility. Furthermore, intrusive advertisements carry certain risks themselves, due to causing rogue redirects and unauthorized downloads/installs. It is not uncommon for PUAs to be able to track browsing-related data. They monitor users' browsing habits (URLs visited, pages viewed, search engine history, etc.) and collect 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 not only cause browser and system infiltrations/infections, but also lead to serious privacy issues, financial losses and even identity theft. To ensure device integrity and user safety, it is recommended to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||The PC Power potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||It supposedly operates as a system cleaner and optimizer.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Application.Deceptor.ABX), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/AKick.D Potentially Unw), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.kfo), 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 The PC Power potentially unwanted application our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
Usually, PUAs share many common qualities and such applications released by the same designers can even be identical. PC Power Plus, Auto System Care, Auto PC Care are a few examples of apps similar to The PC Power. They appear legitimate and entice users into installation by offering "useful" and "beneficial" features. Rarely do these features work as advertised and often are outright nonfunctional. The only purpose of all undesirable content is to generate revenue for its developers; to users it has no genuine value. PUAs are designed to cause redirects, hijack browsers, deliver intrusive ad campaigns and gather private data.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Some PUAs (like The PC Power) have "official" download webpages, where they are typically promoted as "free" and "handy" software. They can also be unintentionally downloaded/installed alongside other programs. "Bundling" is the term that describes this false marketing technique of packing ordinary software with undesirable or malicious content. Rushed download/installation processes (e.g. ignored terms, skipped steps, etc.) - increase the risk of allowing deceptive or bundled programs onto systems. Another way that PUAs spread is via intrusive adverts. Once clicked, these ads can execute scripts, designed to download/install such applications without user consent.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to always research wanted content to verify its legitimacy, before downloading/installing it. Only official and verified download channels should be used. P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.), 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 includes reading terms, studying all available options, using the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opting-out from downloading/installing additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive advertisements often look legitimate and innocuous, however they redirect to unreliable websites (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and others). Should users encounter ads/redirects of this kind, they are strongly urged to inspect the device and remove all dubious 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 The PC Power application (GIF):
The PC Power installation setup:
The PC Power urging users to activate it:
Website promoting The PC Power application:
Instant automatic removal of The PC Power 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 The PC Power potentially unwanted application. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is The PC Power?
- 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 "The PC Power" 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, The PC Power 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 the pc power 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 the pc power 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 the pc power 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 the pc power potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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