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PC Speed Up Unwanted Application

Also Known As: PC Speed UP potentially unwanted program
Damage level: Medium

PC Speed UP removal instructions

What is PC Speed UP?

The PC Speed Up application claims to improve computer performance. On initial inspection, this functionality might seem legitimate and useful, however, the developers proliferate this app with other software. Therefore, PC Speed Up is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

PC Speed UP adware

Potentially unwanted programs often generate intrusive online advertisements, track Internet browsing activity, and cause unwanted browser redirects. Displayed ads never originate from users' visited websites and, by concealing underlying web content, significantly diminish the Internet browsing experience. Furthermore, these ads, and the application itself might redirect to malicious sites containing infectious content, leading to further adware or malware infections. Furthermore, potentially unwanted programs gather information that is likely to be personally identifiable. Recorded information is later shared with third party companies who misuse private details to generate revenue. This behavior may cause serious privacy issues or even identity theft. PC Speed continually interrupts and inconveniences computer users and, therefore, if you feel that this PUP has been installed without your consent, uninstall it immediately.

There are many potentially unwanted programs (including Constant Fun, Royal Raid, and Re-Markit) falsely claiming to enhance the Internet browsing experienceto trick users to install. Each PUP is developed to generate revenue for the developers, and most provide no real value for users - they cause unwanted browser redirects (thereby increasing the traffic of certain sites), deliver intrusive ads (via the 'Pay Per Click' [PPC] advertising model), and collect personal data (which is later sold to third party companies).

How did PC Speed UP install on my computer?

Applications such as PC Speed Up are often distributed as 'bundles' and, thus, usually infiltrate systems without users’ permission. Bundling is essentially stealth installation of potentially unwanted programs with other software. Many users do not express enough caution during the download and installation procedures. For this reason, bundled apps are usually concealed within the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. By rushing the download and installation processes, and skipping most/all steps, users expose their systems to risk of infection and put their privacy at risk.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent installation of potentially unwanted programs, be attentive during the download and installation processes. Bear in mind that most PUPs are hidden and, therefore, it is important to closely analyze these processes using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. In addition, decline all offers to download or install additional apps and opt-out of those already included.

Deceptive free software installers promoting the PC Speed UP PUP:

pc speed up adware installer sample 2 Delusive installer promoting PC Speed UP

Screenshot of the PC Speed UP application:

Potentally unwanted program PC Speed UP

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Quick menu:

PC Speed UP PUP removal:

Windows 10 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.

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.

macOS (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.

PC Speed UP adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "PC Speed Up", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove PC Speed UP PUP from Internet browsers:

At time of research, PC Speed UP did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing PC Speed UP ads 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 PC Speed UP ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the pc speed up potentially unwanted program, 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 PC Speed UP  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing PC Speed UP ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the pc speed up potentially unwanted program, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing PC Speed UP ads 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing PC Speed UP ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with pc speed up potentially unwanted program 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 pc speed up potentially unwanted program, 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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Tomas Meskauskas

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