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Remove PC Health Boost (Removal Guide) - updated Sep 2018

removal by Julie Splinters - -   Also known as PC HealthBoost | Type: System tools

PC Health Boost is a questionable program which does not deliver the promised services

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PC Health Boost is a fraudulent system optimization software which claims to repair PC registry errors and improve computer's performance. However, experts note that this is a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] which does not deliver the promised services. In fact, users are provided with modified and exaggerated system scan results to trick them into paying for the unnecessary computer fix. 

Name PC Health Boost
Type System tools
Sub-type Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP)
Danger level Medium. Doesn't initiate system changes
Symptoms Users are provided with numerous fake notifications about PC errors
Distribution You can install this software from the official website or it can stealthily enter the system in a bundle with freeware
Removal We advise you to use a reliable security tool, like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego, to not only uninstall PC Health Boost but also maintain your computer's security

Either you installed PC Health Boost intentionally, or it sneaked into your system via software-bundles, its trial version starts scanning the system as soon as it is installed on the system and shows a quite informative pop-up[2] notification that identifies various PC problems.

PC Health Boost scan results might display messages which urge you to fix or get rid of the following items:

  • Damaged DLLs;
  • Expired cache files;
  • Potentially dangerous entries;
  • Errors related to COM and ActiveX controls.

In order to fix them, people are asked to purchase a PC Health Boost license key. Even though this application is legitimate, users report that it does not improve computer's performance. Likewise, online forums are filled with PC Health Boost review requests as people are wondering whether this application is useful. 

One of the most common questions asked is the following — is PC Health Boost safe? Our security researchers note that this potentially unwanted program (PUP) is not malicious itself. Although, professionals find its distribution techniques and tactics to increase profits highly unfair from the standpoint of regular computer users. 

PC Health Boost illustrationPC Health Boost is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) which delivers altered system scan results.

Therefore, we advise you to perform PC Health Boost uninstall and search for more reliable tools online. Be aware that if you get another system optimization software which is effective, you will notice the difference between the scan results of PC Health Boost and the other one — there will be a significantly lower number of errors detected. 

For all the reasons mentioned above, our researchers suggest you remove PC Health Boost and use more reliable tools to improve your computer's performance. You can install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego for both, PC Health Boost removal and your system's security. Additionally, you can find manual PUP elimination guidelines at the end of this article.

You can install PUPs intentionally, or they might sneak into your system

We are aware that not all computer users might be able to identify potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and end up intentionally installing them from their official websites. Usually, developers create attractive pages with compelling descriptions to lure people into believing the effectiveness of the software. However, the contrivers also employ less fair tactics to distribute PUPs, and one of them is known as bundling. 

This popular marketing method is developed to spread two applications as one. Thus, in some of the cases, you may download this program in a bundle with freeware and shareware. If you want to avoid unexpected downloads, make sure that you choose Custom or Advanced installation of the free downloads.

Be aware that you will be suggested to complete the installation with Basic, Recommended or Quick mode. However, these settings will skip the steps where you are asked whether you want additional components to be installed together with freeware or not. Therefore, you must reject these parameters. 

Once you select the correct installation mode, attentively follow all steps of the procedure. Researchers[3] note that you must search for pre-selected elements and opt them out if you want to avoid potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). Additionally, use a professional antivirus to double-check your system.

PC Health Boost uninstall guide

Now that you know what is PC Health Boost, you can decide whether you want it on your system or not. In case you have chosen to remove PC Health Boost, you have two options — manual or automatic elimination of the potentially unwanted program (PUP).

Keep in mind that manual PC Health Boost removal might be time-consuming and require to show specific IT knowledge. Likewise, regular computer users are advised to uninstall PC Health Boost automatically by running a full system scan with a professional malware removal software. 

Although, if you believe that you are advanced enough to get rid of PC Health Boost manually, check the instructions at the end of this article. They will guide you through the procedure step-by-step and show how to eliminate all elements which are related to the PUP. 

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To remove PC Health Boost, follow these steps:

Get rid of PC Health Boost from Windows systems

First, check and delete all suspicious software which has been installed on your Windows computer recently.

To remove PC Health Boost 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 PC Health Boost (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 PC Health Boost from Mac OS X system

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

Remove PC Health Boost from Applications folder:

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

Remove PC Health Boost 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 PC Health Boost 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 PC Health Boost removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete PC Health Boost 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 PC Health Boost-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

Uninstall PC Health Boost 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 PC Health Boost 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 PC Health Boost 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 PC Health Boost removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate PC Health Boost from Google Chrome

If you receive intrusive ads on Chrome which might be related to PC Health Boost, delete all questionable entries and reset your browser.

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 PC Health Boost 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 PC Health Boost-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 PC Health Boost removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of PC Health Boost from Safari

PC Health Boost might deliver e-commerce content on Safari. Thus, you should uninstall unknown extensions and plug-ins from your browser right away.

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to PC Health Boost 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

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

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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  1. Erin Walsh, Director of Public Relations for Boost says:
    October 11th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Hi Ugnius,

    I think that your website is great for the most part, and really appreciate many of the offers that you have affiliate links going to. Even though SpyHunter, MalwareBytes, and StopZilla are our competitors, we like their software and would never defame an honest and hardworking company like them. In fact, weve worked side by side with StopZilla on several occasions and dont know if theyd appreciate us being reported as an “unwanted application”. I hope that having you as an affiliate works out to be a great asset to them. I can tell that you are making an earnest effort.

    You might even want to consider becoming one of our affiliates. We offer a $150 bonus for your first 5 sales and up to 90% commissions after you hit a certain level of sales. Email me at erin@boostsoftware.com for more info.

    This article claims that our program does a lot of things that it doesnt such as:

    * being a fake program
    * fake warnings
    * being a parasite and installing w/out permission (we never do that)
    * bundling (never do that). If you have found it bundled somewhere, please let us know because this is a serious violation of out TOC.
    * fake scan, we use scan safe technology(TM)

    Please note that you are also violating our trademark agreements by having the photo of our software up here without our explicit permission.

    Please take this down immediately. It is false and slanderous to our company.

    If you would like to provide removal instructions, that is fine as long as it doesnt violate our Trademarks. However, please refrain from calling our product a parasite or even insinuating that it is.

    Sincerely,

    Erin Walsh, Director of Public Relations
    erin@boostsoftware.com

  2. 2spyware says:
    October 14th, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Hello Erin,

    We have altered our post about PC Health Boost according to some of your notes. However, we cant agree with another part of your statements. Here are they:

    First of all, have never called your program a virus, malware or fake program.
    Secondly, we’ve never mentioned about FAKE warnings and FAKE scan. Of course, the frequency of your program’s alerts have initiated some doubts for us that it seeks to push user into purchasing the license.
    Thirdly, our users have recently contacted us asking about your product’s appearance on their computers without downloading it there. In fact, there are many discussions on the Internet reporting about this issue. Please, check the link: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_other-windows_programs/is-pc-healthboost-a-legitimate-microsoft-partner/952afe36-1d46-4c2c-9513-7f62f3eded22
    Finally, the screenshot was made by our research team, so we dont have to ask your explicit permission for using it on our site.

    Sincerely,
    2spyware

  3. PartsMan says:
    December 12th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Wow i guess boost got a little hot under the collar there but then tried to convince you to come over to the dark side. Admit it Boost, your software is just another piece of junk software that tells the users they have all kinds of problems and scares them into buying it. I guess the properly tag would be scareware. I remove this crap all day long at our shop from clients computers and your software is just another of the thousands that are out there that try to scare customers into buying your software. Total scam.

  4. Gavin says:
    September 25th, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    How do you remove it. Everytime I go to uninstall, instead of uninstalling, it takes me through to setup of the program again. So frustrating and taking up way more time than I ever wanted to spend on it

  5. Trent says:
    January 29th, 2014 at 12:23 am

    PC HealthBoost will not uninstall from Windows XP Professional SrvPck 3 through control panel or its own uninstall. How do I remove it?

  6. mecarthymc@aol.com says:
    April 5th, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Installed PCHealth Boost 4/3/14. Removed it hours later for several reasons; am left with a fragment Startup and I cannot get rid of it. Please instruct me how.
    Thank you.

  7. Donny says:
    July 6th, 2014 at 3:57 am

    So pissed takin hammer to computer after typing this line. PC Health Boost Sucks!!!!! Scam bad business. Owner should hide.

  8. ajdixon says:
    September 14th, 2014 at 12:24 am

    I have the same issues these others have It wont go away and I think it is messing up my computer

  9. bill says:
    October 7th, 2014 at 12:21 am

    I have the same basic complaints about PC Health Boost. If its as good as they claim then why in the world is it so difficult to uninstall? I have tried several times to uninstall and it puts me in a loop of installing it instead; pretty damn clever of them. If anyone finds an effective way to remove it permanently, please post it for the benefit of all.

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