What is Tuneup Pro?
Tuneup Pro is advertised as a program which includes features and tools to enhance computer performance. In fact, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) due to its distribution methods.
Like many other PUAs, Tuneup Pro is distributed by including it into various download or installation set-ups as "additional offers". Commonly, people download and install PUAs unintentionally.
Tuneup Pro allows users to scan the operating system for various Registry errors, defragment the Registry and make a backup of it, however, the detected issues/errors cannot be fixed without having to register/activate Tuneup Pro. Therefore, people can only use the 'free' version to scan the system for errors.
Note that PUAs do not operate as advertised, even if people activate them (make a purchase). These apps often generate fake scan results and do not fix any genuine errors, or other issues. It is unknown whether Tuneup Pro generates fake results, however, many programs categorized as PUAs have this capability.
Furthermore, developers distribute PUAs by including more than one of these rogue programs in download/installation set-ups. Therefore, Tuneup Pro might be distributed together with browser hijackers, adware-type and/or other PUAs.
Browser hijackers promote the addresses of fake search engines by changing browser settings (such as the address of the default search engine, homepage, and new tab URL). Adware-type apps serve intrusive advertisements in the form of pop-ups, coupons, banners, surveys, and so on.
If clicked, these open dubious pages or execute scripts designed to cause download/installation of PUAs. Furthermore, browser hijackers and adware-type applications can gather various data. For example, IP addresses, entered search queries, URLs of visited websites, geolocations, etc.
Sometimes they are capable of accessing sensitive information as well. Developers might sell the information to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue in other ways. Remove all PUAs immediately, since they can cause problems relating to browsing safety, privacy, and so on, and some users might even become victims of identity theft.
|Name||Tuneup Pro potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Supposed Functionality||Tuneup Pro can supposedly fix and defragment the Registry and improve computer performance in other ways.|
|Detection Names||Avast (FileRepMalware), BitDefender (Application.Deceptor.ACN), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/SuperTuneup.A Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.PCFixer.gen), 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.
There are many PUAs similar to Tuneup Pro. Some examples are SpeedyFixer, PC Power Speed and OBERONBOOSTER. Commonly, these PUAs are advertised as tools that supposedly optimize computers by fixing Registry errors, removing unwanted files, programs, etc.
In fact, they do not operate as advertised and are designed only to trick users into paying for activation/registration. As mentioned, many users tend to download and install PUAs inadvertently.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
As mentioned, most potentially unwanted apps are distributed by including them into the download or installation set-ups of other (usually free) software. This distribution method is called "bundling". In most cases, developers include PUAs as "additional offers", which can be found in "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings.
People who download and install programs without checking and changing these settings often agree by default with offers to download and install additionally-included apps as well. In some cases, unwanted downloads and installations are caused by clicking deceptive ads that execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications
Files and programs should not be downloaded via dubious channels such as Peer-to-Peer networks (eMule, torrent clients), unofficial websites, third party downloaders, and so on. Also avoid third party installers. These channels are often used to distribute unwanted and even malicious programs.
All software should be downloaded from official pages and via direct links. Check all download and installation set-ups that include "Manual", "Advanced", "Custom" or other settings. Decline offers to download or install unwanted apps before finishing the process.
Do not click intrusive ads that appear on dubious pages, since they can open untrusted pages or cause download/installation of PUAs.
Remove any suspicious, unwanted extensions, plug-ins and add-ons already installed on the browser immediately. The same should be applied to software of this kind that is installed on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Tuneup Pro download website:
Appearance of Tuneup Pro application (GIF):
Notification by Tuneup Pro:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Tuneup Pro?
- 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 "Tuneup Pro" 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, Tuneup Pro 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 tuneup pro 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 tuneup pro 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 tuneup pro 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 tuneup pro 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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