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Advanced Password Manager. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Advanced Password Manager –  a questionable application that claims to protect users' passwords

Advanced Password Manager scareware
Advanced Password Manager is a scareware program which creates an illusion that users'online privacy is at risk

Advanced Password Manager is a potentially unwanted program that usually arrives into the PC with the help of deceptive marketing campaign called software bundling. The application was crafted by a popular PUP developer PCVARK, responsible for such creations as Mac Auto FixerSimilar Photo Cleaner, and Advanced Mac Cleaner. While password managing applications are almost essential for the security of all personal accounts, some programs are less trustworthy, and Advanced Password Manager is one of them. Additionally, the application is often linked to multiple adware campaigns that prevent users from browsing the internet without interruptions on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox or Opera web browsers and spam them with pop-up ads, in-text links, flashing windows, etc.

Summary
Name Advanced Password Manager
Type Scareware
Developer PCVARK PVT. LTD
Category Potentially unwanted program
Compatible systems Windows, macOS
Distribution Software bundling, multiple sites on the internet (including official site)
Symptoms Unauthorized scans of the machine
Elimination Use our guide below to eliminate the program and then scan your PC with Reimage to repair possible damage done by the program

While some users might stumble upon the app when looking for a password managing program, in most cases they see the Advanced Password Manager appearing on their systems seemingly out of nowhere. However, it is not the case. Users most likely installed Advanced Password Manager together with other freeware application without even realizing it. Because of this, the app falls into potentially unwanted program[1] category.

Software bundling is a controversial marketing technique that is used by even reputable companies to popularize their products. However, in most cases, bundled apps are worthless and might also bring harm to the end user. Therefore, Advanced Password Manager removal should be a priority.

As soon as Advanced Password Manager is established, it performs an unauthorized scan immediately, flashing numerous privacy issues, such as endangered:

  • Passwords;
  • Credit Card details;
  • Profiles/phone numbers;
  • Social Security numbers.

Users will most likely see hundreds of such items displayed by the Advanced Password Manager, claiming that all of the information is endangered. As soon as they want to “fix” these issues, they are redirected to a registration page, where they find out that the service is not free. It is a common way to extort users' money illegally, and, unfortunately, those who agree to pay are liable for consequences themselves. 

Looking at comments on Microsoft web store, the app shares a pretty bad reputation among users. One of the unsatisfied users claimed that Advanced Password Manager engaged in what looked like a tech support scam:[2]

don't get this–its a scam

during the installation they took over my computer and sent me to a computer expert who said my computer was in bad shape and he wanted to completely fix it for 500. dollars. He also had control of my computer and refused to return control for over a hour while hw tried to convince me to let him fix it. I would not recommend this program to anyone !!!!!!!

Additionally, users complained about consistent pop-up windows prompting users to buy a full version of the app, as well as certain problems with Advanced Password Manager uninstallation. It is not uncommon for potentially unwanted programs to take over the installed browsers (typically MS Edge) and also redirect them to sponsored websites.

Therefore, users should carefully uninstall Advanced Password Manager from the Control Panel and then reset each of the installed browsers as explained below. As an extra precaution measure, a system scan using anti-virus software should be executed.

Additionally, Advanced Password Manager might raise some security issues. The application and the official website collects both personal and anonymous information[3] about users which is later used for marketing purposes. Additionally, the program uses third-party eCommerce websites, which are recently known to be attacked by such hacker groups like Magecart.[4]

There are thousands of rogue apps like Advanced Password Manager created, including SweepTools PC CleanerSystemKeeperPro, and many others. They operate the same scheme in the hopes of merely scamming trusting customers. Therefore, those who value their privacy and do not wish to be tricked should remove Advanced Password Manager virus. As soon as elimination is complete, we recommend scanning the system using Reimage or any other security software to make sure that no traces of rogue app are present on the device.

Advanced Password Manager questionable app
Before using the application, users should always check the reviews online. The overall score of Advanced Password Manager is average, with some users claiming that they had to grant unknown technicians a remote control of their machines. Thus, please use the app with caution

Bundled software is the cause of the unauthorized scans on your machine

It is not a secret that many users are guilty of not paying much attention to the installation procedure of freeware. However, this is the main PUP distribution method, and users should learn to install applications correctly. 

First of all, using reputable sources is mandatory because downloading insecure files from file-sharing networks might be dangerous, and even result in malware infections. Therefore, experts[5] recommend only trusting official websites when it comes to freeware.

Additionally, during the installation, users should not rush the process and read through Terms of Service and EULA carefully. When prompted, they should always opt for Advanced, or Custom installation settings instead of Recommended/Quick ones and eliminate all tick marks that are pre-selected. Only then users should proceed with the installation of the desired application.

Get rid of Advanced Password Manager and reset each of the installed browsers

As we already mentioned, internet security is crucial when it comes to modern society. Password managers are great tools that can help you protect online privacy and save you from such dangers as identity theft or stolen money from your bank account. However, there also many crooks who want to gain your money in unfair ways, and Advanced Password Manager is a tool used for such purposes.

To remove Advanced Password Manager virus, you should follow our instructions below this article. Make sure you read them carefully and follow them in the correct order. 

After Advanced Password Manager removal, you should scan your machine with reputable security software to fix the damage done by the potentially unwanted application, which might include corrupt Registry entries, unwanted scheduled tasks, and similar system settings.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Advanced Password Manager, follow these steps:

WindowsMac OS X

Get rid of Advanced Password Manager from Windows systems

To remove Advanced Password Manager from Windows machine, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Advanced Password Manager and related programs
    Here, look for Advanced Password Manager or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'
  5. Remove Advanced Password Manager from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete 'http://isearch.babylon.com...' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

WindowsMac OS X

Uninstall Advanced Password Manager from Mac OS X system

To get rid of the potentially unwanted application on your macOS, check this guide:

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Advanced Password Manager or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

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