What is Auto PC Backup Toolbar?
Auto Pc Backup (or AutoPCBackup) might seem like a useful application to have on your browser. This impression, however, fades away quite soon, if you become familiar with the way it actually works. While it is presented as a toolbar which will make backups of your main files and allow you to access them quickly and easily, the truth is that AutoPcBackup is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). As one might assume from its category, once installed on user’s computer, Auto Pc Backup toolbar will change his or hers browser homepage to home.tb.ask.com and set the default search engine to search.tb.ask.com.
At first sight, this homepage might seem as a nice option, since it features links to popular sites and social networks. However, the good qualities of this search engine do not outweigh its drawbacks. While looking at the search hits provided by this search engine, you might notice that some of them are sponsored. At this point you should remember that the sole purpose of this potentially unwanted application is to generate income for its developers. It employs pay-per-click (PPC) principle and every time you click on a sponsored link, the said developers will receive revenue.
However, there is absolutely no guarantee that you will end up on a reliable and safe page. The experience shows that usually the exact opposite is the case. If jeopardising your safety is not bad enough, this PUP might record all sorts of browsing-related information which might be shared with third parties. For this reason, we would highly advise you to remove this application from your computer as soon as possible using some trustworthy anti-spyware tool.
How can Auto PC Backup affect my computer?
The most likely scenario involves a frequently used deceptive distribution technique of bundling. It refers to stealth installation of third party applications. It is very likely that somewhere along the installation process of some freeware there has been an option for you to select whether you want this toolbar on your computer and changing your browser settings or not. However, they are usually provided in ‘Advanced’ and ‘Custom’ options most of the users frequently skip.
By using this loophole, distributors and developers ‘bundle’ some free software which is usually the only program the user intends to download with all sorts of potentially unwanted programs like adware and browser hijackers. For this reason, be aware of the fact that there might be other programs installed on your computer together with AutoPcBackup hijacker.
Another important thing to remember is that bundled software is usually distributed through third-party installers and download managers. Therefore, you should avoid them at all costs. The best option in this case is to download software from the official website.
Recently, the developer of this program contacted us asking us to remove this post from 2-spyware.com website. We believe that we shouldn’t do that as long as programs that we offer for the removal of Auto PC Backup Toolbar can detect it and help users to remove it from the system. As it is mentioned under each of download buttons, we ARE affiliated with these anti-malware programs, and while some of them are free, others can remove a virus only after purchasing them. These mentions fully fulfill each of the requirements of FTC.
Nevertheless, we have recently decided to make a revision of this and other posts that are related to this developer. We claim that all of them are described properly.
How to remove AutoPCBackup Toolbar?
While removing this program manually is not difficult, we would highly advise you to use some reputable anti-spyware, since there is no way of knowing whether your computer has not been exposed to some questionable websites or if more of the potentially unwanted programs have not been installed alongside AutoPcBackup. Removing this program is really easy. It will take only these steps:
- Uninstall programs that are related to Auto PC Backup Toolbar from your computer:
1. Click Start → Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
2. When in the Add/Remove Programs/Uninstall a Program, look for Auto PC Backup Toolbar and other programs that are unknown to you.
3. Click ‘Uninstall’ and then OK to save the changes.
- Reset your web browser:
1. Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select ‘Tools’ -> ‘Extensions’.
2. Here, select unfamiliar plugins (Auto PC Backup Toolbar, MyWay, MyWebSearch, etc.) and select trash icon to delete these entries.
3. In order to change your homepage, click on menu icon, choose ‘Settings’ -> ‘On startup’ section -> ‘set pages’.
4. Here, eliminate myway.com by clicking on the “X” and enter your preferred website.
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There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.
Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.
Data backups are important – recover your lost files
Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.
While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.