PC Gold Optimizer and system repair removal instructions
What is PC Gold Optimizer and system repair?
PC Gold Optimizer and system repair is advertised as a tool which allows users to boost PC performance, block unwanted URLs and files and delivers a real-time antivirus protection. However, the distribution method of this software is questionable. For this reason PC Gold Optimizer and system repair is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA).
PC Gold Optimizer and system repair includes tools such as malware cleaner, registry cleaner, startup optimizer, disk defragmenter, privacy cleaner, junk cleaner and some other tools. It allows users to scan the operating system for malware and various issues. However, detected issues, threats cannot fixed or removed without having to register (purchase) PC Gold Optimizer and system repair. It is worthwhile to mention that PUAs of this type can be designed to trick users into paying for their activation/registration by providing fake scan results. It is unknown whether PC Gold Optimizer and system repair is one of these programs, however, such a possibility exists. Another issue with PUAs is that they often are distributed together with other potentially unwanted apps. For example, various adware-type apps, browser hijackers. Adware types are PUAs that serve advertisements, and browser hijackers are the apps that are designed to promote fake search engines by changing certain browser settings. Moreover, such apps can be designed to collect various information, including sensitive, personal details. It is not recommended to trust programs like PC Gold Optimizer and system repair or have other PUAs installed on a browser and/or computer.
|Name||PC Gold Optimizer and system repair potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to remove malware, clean junk files, fix registry and perform other tasks|
|Detection Names||Microsoft (Misleading:Win32/Lodi), Sophos AV (Mal/Generic-S), Sophos ML (Mal/Generic-S), 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 Malwarebytes.
To sum up, most of the times programs like PC Gold Optimizer and system repair are advertised as tools that supposed to clean computers, fix errors, remove malware and/or be useful in some other ways/have some other features. However, not all of the programs that are categorized as PUAs function as they supposed to. Therefore, it is advised to trust only truly legitimate programs. More examples of PUAs are ID SafeXpress, Registry Cleaner, CleanMyPC.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Sometimes users download and/or install potentially unwanted apps by clicking unreliable, deceptive ads that are designed to execute certain scripts. Although, more often they cause it when software developers distribute PUAs by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" To be more precise, when various unwanted apps are included in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers. In most cases such offers can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of setups. Although, not all users do that when they download and/or install programs that have those apps included in their setups. By leaving the aforementioned settings unchanged users allow for included PUAs to be downloaded and/or installed alongside with the desired software.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to download software from official, trustworthy websites and not to use third party downloaders Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), unofficial websites and other similar tools, sources. Third party installers should not be used too. Furthermore, setups that have "Advanced", "Custom" and other settings should be always checked for offers to download and/or install unwanted software. Such offers should be declined before finishing downloads and/or installations. Intrusive ads that are displayed on shady pages can open potentially malicious websites, or cause unwanted downloads, installations. For this reason those ads should not be trusted/clicked. Any unwanted apps (extensions, add-ons or plug-ins) that are installed on a browser should be removed. Software of this kind that is installed on the operating system should be removed too. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of PC Gold Optimizer and system repair application (GIF):
Installation setup of PC Gold Optimizer and system repair application:
Website promoting PC Gold Optimizer and system repair application:
Notification by PC Gold Optimizer:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is PC Gold Optimizer and system repair?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
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.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 Gold Optimizer and system repair" 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 Gold Optimizer and system repair 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 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 gold optimizer and system repair 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 plugins 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 gold optimizer and system repair 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 gold optimizer and system repair 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.
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 gold optimizer and system repair 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.
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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove pc gold optimizer and system repair potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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