What is System Care Pro?
System Care Pro is a system cleaner supposedly designed to improve computer performance. In fact, this software is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA), due to the methods used by developers to distribute it. Commonly, users download and install PUAs unintentionally and these bogus apps should never be trusted.
System Care Pro supposedly fixes system registry issues and cleans remaining/old and junk files, however, this app does not apparently clean any detected files or fix issues without registration (purchase). Note that the issues detected by these PUAs are fake.
Apps of this type are used to trick people into paying for full versions (activation) and do not fix any of the so-called problems. It is unknown whether System Care Pro functions precisely in this manner, however, it is highly likely. Furthermore, PUAs are commonly distributed together with other, similar apps of this type.
Therefore, by installing System Care Pro, users might also inadvertently install browser hijackers, adware-type applications, etc.. Browser hijackers are PUAs that promote fake search engine addresses by changing browser settings. They users cannot undo these changes, unless the hijackers are uninstalled.
Adware-type apps serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other advertisements. When clicked, these can open untrusted websites or even execute scripts designed to download and install PUAs.
Adware-type apps and browser hijackers often collect browsing data such as IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites, however, they might also be capable of accessing sensitive information. The data could be sold to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways.
Therefore, remove these apps from browsers and operating systems immediately. Do not trust the System Care Pro app.
|Name||System Care Pro potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application).|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly functions as a 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Combo Cleaner.
More examples of programs similar to System Care Pro are Perfect Optimizer, Registry Life and RocketFixio. As mentioned, people often download and install PUAs inadvertently. They do not function as advertised even if activated (purchased). Common ways used 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 execute certain scripts. PUAs are also downloaded/installed together with other programs. I.e., when they are included into the set-ups as extra offers. Usually, these additionally-included apps are mentioned in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings of the set-ups.
People often agree by default with offers to download and install PUAs when they fail to check and change these 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/installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as eMule, torrent clients, from unofficial, dubious pages, etc. Use official websites and direct links. Check all "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings and decline offers to download or install unwanted apps before completing the process.
Do not trust intrusive ads that are displayed on dubious web pages, since they can open various untrusted sites or even cause download/installation of unwanted apps.
Remove any unwanted, suspicious extensions, plug-ins and add-ons that are installed on the browser, and programs of this kind that are installed on the computer. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of System Care Pro application (GIF):
Installation setup of System Care Pro application:
Website promoting System Care Pro application:
Instant automatic malware removal:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Combo Cleaner is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of malware. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is System Care 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 "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:
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 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.
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 system care 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 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, 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 system care 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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