How to uninstall System Care Pro?

Also Known As: System Care Pro potentially unwanted application
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

System Care Pro removal instructions

What is System Care Pro?

System Care Pro is the name of a system cleaner which supposed to improve computer performance. Although, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA) because of how developers distribute it. It is common that users download and install applications that are categorized as PUAs unintentionally, therefore, it is not recommended to trust them.

System Care Pro unwanted application

System Care Pro supposed to fix system registry issues, clean remnant, old and junk files. However, this app does not clean any detected files and/or fix issues unless it is registered (purchased). The problem with issues detected by programs that are categorized as PUAs is that they are fake. Apps of this type are to trick users into paying money for their full version/activation and do not fix any of the actual problems. It is unknown whether System Care Pro functions as a lot of PUAs do, although, there is such possibility. Besides, it is common that PUAs are distributed alongside with some other apps of this type. It means that by installing System Care Pro users may install some browser hijackers, adware-type applications, etc., as well. Browser hijackers are PUAs that are designed to promote fake search engines (their addresses). They do that by changing some of the browser's settings and do not allow users to undo those changes unless users uninstall them. Adware-type apps serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other types of advertisements. When clicked, those ads often open untrustworthy websites or even execute scrips designed to download and/or install PUAs. Also, both adware-type apps and browser hijackers often are designed to collect browsing data like IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites. Nevertheless, such apps might be capable of accessing sensitive information as well. The bigger problem with is that gathered data could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, if such app is are already installed on a browser and/or operating system, then it should be uninstalled. It is not recommended to trust System Care Pro too.

Threat Summary:
Name System Care Pro potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
Supposed Functionality This app supposed to function as system cleaner
Detection Names AVG (FileRepMalware), BitDefender (Application.Deceptor.AQC), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of MSIL/UwS.PCCleaningUtility.A), Microsoft (Misleading:Win32/Lodi), 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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More examples of programs like System Care Pro are Perfect Optimizer, Registry Life and RocketFixio. As mentioned in the introduction, users often download and install such programs (PUAs) inadvertently. The main reason why they should not be trusted is that they may not function as they were advertised even if activated (purchased). Two most popular ways to distribute PUAs are described below.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Sometimes users cause unwanted downloads, installations when they click deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. Although, more often PUAs are downloaded and/or installed together with some other programs. To be more precise, when they are included in their setups as extra offers. Usually, additionally included apps are mentioned in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of setups. Users agree with offers to download and/or install PUAs when they download and/or install programs that have those apps included in their setups without changing the aforementioned settings. This distribution method is known as "bundling".

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Software should not be downloaded (or installed) through third party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, torrent clients, from unofficial, questionable pages, etc. It is recommended to download it only from official websites and via direct links. Furthermore, setups that have "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings should be always checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted apps, such offers should be declined before completing download or installation processes. Additionally, it is recommended not to trust intrusive ads that are displayed on shady pages: they often open various untrustworthy sites or even cause downloads and/or installations of unwanted apps. Any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are installed on a browser and programs of this kind that are installed on a computer should be uninstalled. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Appearance of System Care Pro application (GIF):

Appearance of System Care Pro PUA (GIF)

Installation setup of System Care Pro application:

System Care Pro PUA installation setup

Website promoting System Care Pro application:

Website used to promote System Care Pro PUA

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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.

System Care Pro adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "System Care 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, System Care 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:

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 system care 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.

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 system care pro 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 system care 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, 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 system care pro 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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