Remove Advanced System Optimizer (Improved Instructions) - updated Jan 2021

removal by Olivia Morelli - -   Also known as Advanced System Optimizer virus | Type: System tools

Advanced System Optimizer Removal Guide

What is Advanced System Optimizer?

Advanced System Optimizer – a system optimizer that shows exaggerated scan results

Advanced System Optimizer

Advanced System Optimizer (possible versions – 2, 3, v.3.5) by Systweak Inc. is promoted as a PC optimization tool. It is supposed to allow users to deactivate unnecessary processes from running on startup, remove outdated registries, fix potential damage, and so on.

The 2nd version of this tool has been released in 2004 and was definitely successful. More than a million users have left positive feedback and recommended using this optimizer. However, it seems that these days its developers apply unfair marketing strategies seeking to increase the rate of Advanced System Optimizer Version 3 and v.3.5 users.

Name Advanced System Optimizer
Type Fake system optimizer, registry cleaner, potentially unwanted program
Distribution Software bundles, third-party websites
Alleged functionality Optimizes system, cleans malware, updates drivers
Elimination You should follow the guide below to uninstall the app manually
System fix In case your system is crashing or delivering errors, you can attempt to fix these issues with an automatic repair tool ReimageIntego

Typically, a trial is attached to various freeware and shareware as an 'additional component' and hidden under Advanced/Custom settings. This way, it may get installed on your machine without asking for appropriate permission. That's why it has been labeled as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).[1]

While the program is legitimate and trustful, users commonly decide to keep it installed even though they haven't downloaded it willingly. According to its developers, the app can perform the following:

  • Clean and optimize the system
  • Protect and remove malware
  • Update drivers automatically.

However, you should keep in mind that the version that is spread by bundling is just a trial, which will not do anything except continuously check your computer, inform you about various issues, and urge you to pay the money ($49.95) for the full version.

Also, Microsoft clearly stated that it does not advise users employing Registry Cleaners:[2]

Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved without a reinstallation of the Operating System as the extent of the changes made by registry cleaning utilities varies from application to application.

Continuous system scans may not only burden and slow down your PC's system but may also annoy you to death. Therefore, we highly recommend you to remove Advanced System Optimizer from your machine. If you have never dealt with the uninstallation process before, you should follow the instructions we provide below.

Advanced System Optimizer virus

PUPs are often spread via software bundles

You can download a free trial of Advanced System Optimizer from the official website. However, it may also end up on your computer right after installing another freeware. Third parties engage in bundling daily, and this way, they manage to trick hundreds of people into installing such and similar tools daily.

Once installed, Advanced System Optimizer defines an auto-start registry entry in the Windows taskbar and is activated every time you reboot the machine. Therefore, you will continuously experience full system scans and receive reports about the condition of your PC. Nevertheless, the research has shown that most users have removed it a couple of weeks after its installation.

So, it seems that, in reality, the program does not appear to be that useful as promoted. If you want to prevent infiltration of potentially unwanted programs, you should carefully investigate Advanced/Custom settings when installing freeware on your computer. Besides, do not avoid reading EULA, Privacy Policy, testimonials, and other important information related to the freeware you opt for installing.

Ways to remove Advanced System Optimizer

Advanced System Optimize is a legitimate program, which may show up on your computer out of nowhere, check it, and provide you with unasked reports. If you want to get rid of Advanced System Optimize rogue from your machine, you should perform these steps:

  1. Click StartControl PanelUninstall a Program.
  2. In the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program folder look for recently installed/unfamiliar applications, such as Advanced System Optimizer.
  3. Click 'Uninstall' and then OK to save the changes.

After that, you are strongly advised to run a full system scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner to check your machine for malware that could be hiding in the background. Besides, if malicious programs were found, you should also use ReimageIntego to repair system damage that could have been sustained during virus infection.

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Getting rid of Advanced System Optimizer. Follow these steps

Erase Advanced System Optimizer from Windows systems

To remove Advanced System Optimizer 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 System Optimizer (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.

Eliminate Advanced System Optimizer from Mac OS X system

Remove Advanced System Optimizer from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Advanced System Optimizer-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 System Optimizer, 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 System Optimizer and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Advanced System Optimizer-related entries. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove Advanced System Optimizer 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 System Optimizer-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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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

Get rid of Advanced System Optimizer 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 System Optimizer and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla 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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

In case Advanced System Optimizer 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 System Optimizer removal. Reset Firefox 2

Delete Advanced System Optimizer from Google Chrome

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 System Optimizer 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site like Advanced System Optimizer in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the Advanced System Optimizer-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 System Optimizer removal. Reset Chrome 2

Erase Advanced System Optimizer from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to Advanced System Optimizer 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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of Advanced System Optimizer registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: ReimageIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting Advanced System Optimizer

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