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Remove BoostPC (Removal Guide) - Free Instructions

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BoostPC is a rogue application that stealthily installs additional programs

BoostPCBoostPC 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 Reimage Cleaner Intego 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 Reimage Cleaner Intego 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. 

BoostPC adwareBoostPC virus is a silent intruder that delivers various advertisements to your screen constantly.

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.

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To remove BoostPC, follow these steps:

Delete BoostPC from Windows systems

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

To remove BoostPC 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 BoostPC (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.

Erase BoostPC from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove BoostPC from Applications folder:

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

Uninstall BoostPC from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for BoostPC and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete BoostPC removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Get rid of BoostPC 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 BoostPC-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

Reset MS Edge if that 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 DeleteAdvanced 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” -VerboseAdvanced 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

Eliminate BoostPC from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

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 BoostPC and click Remove.Remove extensions from 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

In case BoostPC 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 BoostPC removal.Reset Firefox 2

Remove BoostPC from Google Chrome

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

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 BoostPC 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

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the BoostPC-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 BoostPC removal.Reset Chrome 2

Delete BoostPC 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 BoostPC 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

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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