What is the PC Power Speed application?
PC Power Speed software is classified as a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA). It is promoted as a top-rated operating system cleaner and optimizer. Amongst the functions promised are system speed boosting, maximization of disk and memory space, system error repair and many others.
In fact, most users download and install this application intentionally due to its dubious proliferation methods, hence its classification as a PUA.
Note that all products classified as PUAs are untrusted and are potentially harmful to system health and user safety. Unwanted applications such as PC Power Speed are fake. Rogue system cleaners/optimizers typically require activation to perform the advertised features (i.e., they require purchase to work).
Even after activation (purchase), however, these apps remain nonoperational. Furthermore, they have dangerous capabilities, which can compromise device/user safety. PUAs can cause redirects to (i.e., force-open) sale-based, untrusted, rogue, deceptive, scam and malicious websites.
Other types (adware) run intrusive advertisement campaigns. The delivered ads significantly diminish the browsing experience, as they limit browsing speed and overlay web page content. Once clicked, intrusive ads can redirect to dangerous web pages and execute scripts to stealthily download/install rogue software (e.g. PUAs).
Some PUAs (browser hijackers) can make modifications to browsers, restrict/deny access to settings and promote fake search engines. Most PUAs have data tracking capabilities. They can monitor browsing activity (browsing and search engine histories) and collect personal/sensitive information (IP addresses, geolocations and users' personal details).
The gathered data is often shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) intent on misusing it for financial gain. To summarize, the presence of unwanted apps on systems can lead to various infiltration and infections, financial loss, serious privacy issues and even identity theft.
Therefore, you are strongly advised to remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins immediately upon detection.
|Name||PC Power Speed potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Supposed Functionality||Cleaning and optimization of operating systems.|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:Malware-gen), DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.304), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/UwS.PCRx.A), Kaspersky (Not-a-virus:WebToolbar.Win32.Agent.aiq), 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
Max Utilities, Max Uninstaller, DiskFixer and OneSafe PC Cleaner are just some examples of apps similar to PC Power Speed. These unwanted applications typically seem legitimate and functional, thereby often tricking people into downloading/installing them.
In fact, the features promised do not work as advertised and, in most cases, do not work at all. The only purpose of PUAs is to generate profit for the developers at users' expense. Rather than delivering any real value, they cause redirects to untrusted and malicious sites, deliver intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers and collect private data.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Some PUAs (including PC Power Speed) have "official" download web pages, which are often promoted by deceptive/scam sites. These applications also proliferate via the download/install set-ups of other software. "Bundling" is the term used to define this deceptive marketing technique of pre-packing regular programs with unwanted or malicious software.
While opt-out options are frequently present, rushing through download/installation processes (e.g. skipping steps and sections, using presets, etc.) ensures infiltration of this unwanted, additional content. Intrusive ads also proliferate PUAs - when clicked, they can execute scripts to download/install rogue apps without users' permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
All products should be researched to verify their legitimacy, prior to download/installation or purchase. Download software only from official and trustworthy sources. Untrustworthy download channels such as unofficial and free-file hosting websites, P2P sharing networks (BitTorrent, eMule, Gnutella, etc.) and other third party downloaders can offer bundled content.
When downloading/installing, read the terms, explore all available options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out of supplementary apps, tools, features and other additions. Intrusive ads often seem normal and innocuous, however, they can generate redirects to dubious web pages (e.g. gambling, pornography, adult-dating and so on).
If you encounter these advertisements/redirects, inspect the system and remove all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate thet.
Appearance of PC Power Speed application (GIF):
Installation setup of PC Power Speed application:
Website promoting PC Power Speed application:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is PC Power Speed?
- 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 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 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.
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.
macOS (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 Speed" 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 Speed 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 speed 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 speed 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 plug-ins 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 speed 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 extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the pc power speed potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the 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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