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BoostPC. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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BoostPC is a rogue application that stealthily installs additional programs

BoostPC
BoostPC is a potentially unwanted application that is presented as a useful tool to improve computer's work. However, it can not only installs additional tools to your device but can also cause unwanted ads that diminish the performance of your computer.
BoostPC is a potentially unwanted application that has been added to adware[1] category because of unwanted ads displayed on victims' desktop. This PUP can be installed either with users' approval or silently as it has been actively spreading around with the help of bundling the additional tool. BoostPC has been promoted as a tool that supposedly improves the performance of your device, so it can look like a useful app. This program claims to help users change various settings on the computer, like brightness and volume. Unfortunately, once you agree to let this adware in, BoostPC virus starts causing intrusive advertisements leading you to various redirects to rogue sites instead. Besides, the main program's file, boostpc.exe, can cause serious slowdowns as it has been found that some versions can be misused for generating cryptocurrency.

Name BoostPC
Type Potentially unwanted application
Category Adware
Symptoms Installs additional tools, delivers intrusive ads
Distribution Software bundles
Elimination Use Reimage for damage caused by BoostPC

BoostPC has been included in the Potentially unwanted program category because of the silent infiltration it uses to get into the target PC system. Additionally, after changing numerous system settings, the program starts causing ads on your favorite sites. While it is not a malicious program, this program collects various data related to the victim's browsing preferences or search history and more personal details, like IP address or geolocation[2]

It is possible that this information that adware gathers is later shared with third-party advertisers. Data about your most visited sites or searched items, sales, deals is helpful when trying to develop more personal, commercial content. Because of being personalized, BoostPC ads become more attractive. The main adware goal is to create traffic to affiliated sites via clicks on pop-up ads or banners.

However, the program's ability to gather NPII should make you eager to remove BoostPC as soon as possible. Make sure to get rid of this adware program as soon as you notice any content like this:

  • pop-up ads, banners with various commercial content;
  • ads promoting other optimization tools and software;
  • ads redirecting you to commercial sites;
  • random text turning into hyperlinks;
  • commonly visited sites filled up with ads.

The best tip any researcher[3] can give is to make sure that you have reputable anti-malware and antivirus programs on your device to avoid these silent infections. Also, if you already got adware or other PUP, you can use anti-malware tools like Reimage to get rid of the damage caused by this threat. We have a few suggestions for these tools and other system cleaning methods below the article. Feel free to check them out. 

Deceptive ads and insecure installs cause installation of unwanted applications

Stealthily installed applications, tools or programs indicates the adware existence on the system. The most common way to spread potentially unwanted programs is using software bundling technique when freeware is packed up with PUPs and other programs. This way when you download software or applications from p2p networks or other free sharing services you get additional programs. 

This is happening if you skip through various installation steps and not pay enough attention during the process. Choosing Advanced or Custom options instead of Default or Quick is crucial since this step allows you to see everything that supposed to be installed on your system and choose which programs are not needed or wanted. Using reputable sources for your software and applications can also be crucial if you want to avoid any unwanted programs.

Eliminate BoostPC and forget about constant redirects 

The best solution for unwanted programs is to clean your system thoroughly and get rid of all additional tools, files, and similar components and ensure a full BoostPC removal on your computer. Anti-malware tools cannot only indicate every little threat on your system but can also fix errors and damaged entries that need fixing. 

If you want to remove BoostPC manually, use methods provided by our team. You can find them below. Make sure you follow them carefully to prevent virus reappearance in the future. If you cannot find BoostPC in your Task Manager, rank your programs according to their installation date at first and check what unknown entries are hiding there.

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 BoostPC, follow these steps:

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Delete BoostPC from Windows systems

Follow these steps to uninstall BoostPC and related programs from your device:

  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 BoostPC and related programs
    Here, look for BoostPC 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'
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Erase BoostPC from Mac OS X system

  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 BoostPC 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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Uninstall BoostPC from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for BoostPC and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete BoostPC removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Get rid of BoostPC from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, BoostPC should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Eliminate BoostPC from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Clean your system and remove unwanted ads from your Firefox browser:

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select BoostPC and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete BoostPC removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Remove BoostPC from Google Chrome

You should follow this guide, to delete BoostPC from Chrome and forget about ads and redirects:

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select BoostPC and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete BoostPC removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete BoostPC from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for BoostPC or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete BoostPC removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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