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Remove Advanced Network Care (Virus Removal Instructions) - Free Instructions

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Advanced Network Care is an affiliate of the MacBooster malware and both of the apps are not recommended using

Advanced Network Care virus

Advanced Network Care by IObit is the macOS software that aims at the improvements in network speed and stability[1]. However, this application is a subsidiary app of the MacBooser, which has already been labeled as malware by many cybersecurity researchers. Therefore, believing that it's going to increase Internet speed and other Network-related problems would be naive. 

Alike its precursor, the Advanced Network Care is a scam that displays predetermined scan results and initiates other misleading processes to make people give away their money for a full-featured version of this tool. In fact, this rogue tool imitates a system scan and displays non-substantial scan results. Typically, the user is not notified of what problems the application has supposedly experienced, except enumerates them and offers to fix. 

The Advanced Network Care virus is listed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and a rogue system optimizer. People reported the distribution of this network optimizer in freeware packages, which triggered unwanted automatic system scanners and regular popups displaying scan results. The slower PCs performance accompanied by intrusive web browser's redirects to the Advanced Network Care website may be the side effects of the pre-scheduled system scanners. 

Advanced Network Care
Class Rogue system optimizer / Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Compatibility Aimed at macOS
Related to MacBooster
  • The application can be downloaded (free trial and full version) from the official site
  • The web browser may redirect to the Advanced Network Care download site regularly if the system contains adware-type program
  • Freeware and shareware can carry the tool as an additional download
 Keep or remove? Remove. It's not a trustworthy application. It pretends to be collaborating with Norton (logo positioned on the official site and installation setup) and can hardly improve optimize Wi-Fi network as promised 
 How to remove? People can use an automatic malware removal utility or rely on manual Advanced Network Care removal guide positioned at the end of this article
Optimization Do not rely on rogue optimization tools as they can compromise system files and trigger errors. To optimize your machine, we recommend using ReimageIntego tool

Advanced Network Care is a scam because it's not capable of improving the system's performance. Thu,s the claims that it's going to “Fix Your Mac Network Problems,” “Optimize Your Mac Network Speed,” and “Optimize Your Mac App Network”  are perverse and deceptive. 

Upon installation, the software creates a schedule, which automatically launches the Advanced Network Care scanner. During the scan, the system may slow down, web browser pages may start loading very slowly, programs do not respond, etc. 

Apart from side effects during the scan, the Advanced Network Care virus generates pre-selected scan results. It launches a window, which typically contains four sections, i.e. Safari, iCloud, iTunes, AppStore. All these sections are marked with a red numbered circle. That's a supposed indication that Safari, AppStore, or another directory needs maintenance and optimization. However, these recommendations are bogus and have no clear ground. Even if you decide to optimize the recommended network-related issues, there will be no visible changes.  

 Advanced Network Care malwareAdvanced Network Care app generates bogus scan results

The app uses outdated or fake certificates claiming that the Advanced Network Care malware is secured by Norton[2]. The logo is positioned on the payment window, though there's no reference to Norton's certificate on the main page. 

In general, this application is not a reliable piece of software. It seems to be scareware, which uses misleading methods to tempt users to purchase the license key. For this purpose, it distributes its free trial version bundled with other free applications on sources like Cnet, Download, or Softonic and then continuously promote the license that offers a full-featured network optimizer. However, it's better that you remove Advanced Network Care from Mac as it can hardly improve anything. 

Instead of bogus Mac optimization tools, rely on reputable software that is capable of maintaining a machine's performance. We recommend relying on ReimageIntego. Luckily, Advanced Network Care removal can be initiated rather easily. Users can either launch a professional anti-malware or follow manual malware removal guidance submitted by our security experts. 

 Advanced Network Care scareware Advanced Network Care generates preselected scan results and seeks to make users purchase the license

Be careful with promotional content and triggered downloads

Most of the Internet users are familiar with a situation when clicking on a suspicious commercial ad on some site triggers software download. Cybersecurity experts from[3] recommend people to upload the downloaded files to VirusTotal analysis before opening or delete. That's because triggered downloads are often used for malware or can even launch a virus accidentally. 

Besides, in order to prevent PUPs from getting installed, check every freeware that you are going to install for additional parts. Quick or Basic installation techniques may be offered to disguise “optional downloads” that are spread in one pack as pre-selected items. The only way to decompose the bundle is to opt for Advanced installation and then carefully look for grayed out or marked checkboxes. Skipping such installation windows is a straightforward way to unconscious PUP installation and subsequent issues on the machine. 

Advanced Network Care logo Advanced Network Care displays fake Norton Secured logo

Learn how to uninstall Advanced Network Care from Mac OS

To remove Advanced Network Care virus from Mac, you need to find all related files, registries, and applications. Therefore, we recommend a full scan with a professional anti-malware. Using reliable security software allows you to see all PUPs that may be causing havoc on your Mac. 

The Advanced Network Care removal requires some time, though the process can successfully be performed manually. However, please note that it's not sufficient to run the in-built uninstaller. You should ensure the removal of associated files from all directories. 

 Advanced Network Care can display third-party linksAdvanced Network Care software can include links to third-party sites

Besides, if you have noticed that the web browser keeps redirecting to third-party sites or opened unwanted search sites regularly, you may have to remove Advanced Network Care-related PUPs from the web browser. If you have never dealt with malware before on Mac, you can follow the instructions given down below. 

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To remove Advanced Network Care, follow these steps:

Eliminate Advanced Network Care from Windows systems

To remove Advanced Network Care from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to Advanced Network Care (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Delete Advanced Network Care from Mac OS X system

Manual Advanced Network Care removal guide shows every step, so all you have to do to perform them in the right order.

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove Advanced Network Care from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Advanced Network Care-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove Advanced Network Care, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to Advanced Network Care and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Advanced Network Care-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove Advanced Network Care from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Advanced Network Care and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example,
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Advanced Network Care removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of Advanced Network Care from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the Advanced Network Care-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Erase Advanced Network Care from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to Advanced Network Care and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case Advanced Network Care did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete Advanced Network Care removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Advanced Network Care from Google Chrome

If you keep seeing Advanced Network Care ads while web browsing on Chrome, check it for malware

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to Advanced Network Care by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Advanced Network Care-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete Advanced Network Care removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Advanced Network Care from Safari

Safari is the most widely used web browser by Mac users. In case it seems to be hijacked by a third-party application you should follow these steps

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Advanced Network Care and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Choose a proper web browser and improve your safety with a VPN tool

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