What is Advanced SystemCare?
Advanced SystemCare by Iobit (version 7, 8, 8.3, 8.2.0, etc.) is a PC optimization tool that should speed up the PC. According to its developers, the tool is going to transform a sluggish computer into a “PC like new”. Although it is quite popular among Internet users, more and more people are leaving negative feedback for it. If any questions regarding Advanced SystemCare have risen to you, then we will try to answer them in this article.
Actually, Advanced SystemCare optimizer is not that reliable tool, as the majority thinks. Security experts consider it to be a potentially unwanted program (PUP) due to several important reasons first of which is a suspicious distribution method. Although it can be downloaded from various download sources, it is also spread bundled with free software. Consequently, it may enter your computer along with the freewares you want to install without asking for an appropriate permission. During installation, it creates a Windows startup and activates itself every time the computer is rebooted. Its executable file asc.exe may continuously run in the background of the system and, beware, it’s not possible to close it manually. Even more, it may place various widgets on your desktop, drop unwanted browser plug-ins, use your PC’s resources for its own needs, and consequently, make is even slower.
Not to mention, it installs AutoUpdate.exe file, which is responsible for checking for software updates and installing it on your computer. Unfortunately, a research has shown that this file is also capable of downloading additional programs on your computer. In most of the cases, these are questionable add-ons, such as Pconverter, Unfollow Alert, ShieldFix PC Cleaner, which may also initiate slowdowns, redirects, ads, and similar things. Finally, once the Advanced SystemCare is installed, a dialog window may show up on your desktop and may place a CPU/RAM monitor widget. Unfortunately, it may cause even more unwanted activities, such as full system scans and alerts whether you want to see them or not, which may contain doubtful search results. Therefore, if you want to remove Advanced SystemCare virus completely, we recommend using Reimage or another reputable anti-spyware.
How can Advanced SystemCare hijack my computer?
We have already mentioned in the previous paragraph that Advanced SystemCare can be downloaded from various download sources, including cnet, soft32, softonic, download, and many other reputable websites. Unfortunately, it’s a risk to download it manually since it tends to be bundled with a bunch of ‘additional components’. Nevertheless, it may also infiltrate your computer without requiring authorization appropriately. At the moment of writing, the majority of the users install Advanced SystemCare along with Driver Booster, so be careful and make sure that you always check Advanced/Custom settings and deselect such and similar components. In case you are encountering problems with Advanced SystemCare virus right now, then follow the instructions below and get rid of it right away.
How to remove Advanced SystemCare virus?
You can try to remove Advanced SystemCare manually by following these steps:
- Click ‘Start menu’ → ‘Control Panel’ → ‘Uninstall a Program’ or ‘Add/Remove Programs’
- Find Advanced SystemCare, right-click on it and select ‘Uninstall’.
Unfortunately, this way additional files and registries may stay active on the system. Therefore, for the full Advanced SystemCare virus removal we recommend initiating a full system scan with Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner.