How to get rid of PC Mechanic Plus?

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

PC Mechanic Plus removal instructions

What is PC Mechanic Plus?

PC Mechanic Plus is a software that supposed to fix registry, clean junk files, broken shortcuts and remove items that may cause problems with privacy, security. Simply said, it is advertised as a system optimizer. However, PC Mechanic Plus developers distribute it by including it in download and/or installation setups of other software, Quite often people download and install such programs accidentally (unintentionally). For this reason PC Mechanic Plus is classified as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

PC Mechanic Plus unwanted application

PC Mechanic Plus allows users to scan system for various errors, issues and so on. However, they cannot be fixed, removed with a trial version. To be able to perform any further actions users have to activate PC Mechanic Plus, which means they have to pay for a full version. It is known that programs that are classified as PUAs often provide users with fake results, in other words, they are designed to trick users into paying for their activation. It is unknown whether PC Mechanic Plus generates fake results/fixes made-up, fabricated errors, issues. However, quite a number of PUAs do. Another problem with programs of this type is that they are being distributed alongside with other PUAs. Simply said, developers often include more than one PUA in one or another download or installation setup. Quite often they use this distribution method to trick people into downloading and/or installing various browser hijackers, adware, and other PUAs. Browser hijackers change certain browser's settings to promote fake search engines and gather browsing-related data. Typically, they gather details such as IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, geolocations, etc. It is possible that a browser hijacker may be designed to record sensitive data as well. What is worse, their developers misuse gathered data to generate revenue, also, they often share it with third parties (potentially cyber criminals) who misuse it for the same purpose, too. Adware, if installed, helps its developers to generate revenue by serving ads that, if clicked, lead to shady pages or cause downloads, installations of unwanted applications. We recommend not to trust software like PC Mechanic and uninstall it, and other PUAs that might got installed together with it as soon as possible.

Threat Summary:
Name PC Mechanic potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
Supposed Functionality PC Mechanic Plus supposed to optimize operating system (remove junk files, fix errors, registry, etc.)
Detection Names Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), BitDefender (Application.Deceptor.ABX), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/AKick.D Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DeceptPCClean.klr), 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.
Removal

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There are more programs like PC Mechanic Plus, some of them are Full System Care, True PC Booster Master and Qbit System Care. Typically, their developers advertise them as legitimate tools that optimize systems by cleaning unnecessary files, fixing registry, various errors, etc. However, most of them are categorized as PUAs and programs of this type should never be trusted. They might be distributed together with other PUAs and not operate as they supposed to.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Quite often developers distribute PUAs by including them in download and/or installation setups of other, usually free programs. This distribution method is known as "bundling". Simply said, it is used to trick people into downloading and/or installing unwanted software with wanted one. In most cases offers to download and/or install potentially unwanted applications can be found in settings of setups such as "Advanced", "Custom", and so on. The problem is that people often download and/or install software without checking (and changing) them. It means that they unintentionally give a permission for various PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed too. Sometimes unwanted downloads and/or installations can be caused by clicking deceptive, intrusive ads. There are advertisements that, if clicked, execute scripts designed to download or even install some unwanted software.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

It is not recommended to download (or install) programs using Peer-to-Peer networks, shady pages, third party downloaders, installers, etc. It should be done using only official websites and direct links. Also, we recommend to check any download or installation setup for settings like "Custom", "Advance" and op-out offers to download and/or install unwanted apps before completing download or installation. Furthermore, intrusive ads often cause redirects to shady websites or download, install potentially malicious software. Quite often such ads are displayed on pages related to gambling, pornography, adult dating, and so on. Ads of this kind should not be clicked. To stop a browser from causing unwanted redirects or showing ads it is required to uninstall all unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons from a browser and programs of this kind from the computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting PC Mechanic Plus application:

PC Mechanic Plus application

Notification by PC Mechanic Plus:

PC Mechanic Plus displays its notification

Appearance of PC Mechanic Plus application (GIF):

PC Mechanic 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 Mechanic Plus adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "PC Mechanic 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 Mechanic 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 mechanic 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 mechanic 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 plugins 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 mechanic 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more 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".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset 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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Global virus and spyware activity level today:

Medium threat activity
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