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Remove PC Speed Care (Virus Removal Guide) - Tutorial

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PC Speed Care – a PUP that lurks for your money

The GUI of PC Speed Care virus

PC Speed Care is a fake utility tool which infiltrates users’ machines without their permission asked and then pretends to be a useful utility capable to clean and optimize their PCs. In fact, there are hundreds of similar fake system optimizers, including SlimCleaner, SlimCleaner Plus, Bytefence, Malware Protection Live and many others. All of them have been offering a supposed “cleaner, faster, better” computer performance. However, none of them are beneficial to a regular user. 

As soon as one of these potentially unwanted programs infiltrates your machine, it offers to perform a “much needed” full system scan. It is not surprising that PC Speed Care PUP detects multiple issues on user's device and claims that the only way to fix them is to purchase its licensed version.

In reality, these issues, threats and similar problems are usually just outdated registry entries that cannot have any impact on your computer's speed. These entries are not harmful to you or your PC system and do not interfere with its normal performance. Therefore, the PC Speed Care removal with legitimate security software is advised to prevent these fake notifications while browsing the Internet.

After being informed out of nowhere, the user might get tricked into thinking that there is something wrong with his/hers machine, as the PC Speed Care warns them that multiple threats have been detected. However, as soon as you click the “Clean” button, the fake utility tool informs you that you are required to download a full version of the program and buy its license.

If you are an inexperienced user, you can get tricked into buying the full version of this useless program. However, this is the easiest way to lose your money and even reveal your personal information to hackers. Unfortunately, victims do not even know that they have been scammed. PC Speed Care virus stops alerting them about “threats,” making them believe that the machine is cleaned.

As it is typical of PUPs, PC Speed Care does not only seek your money. Beware that it can also undertake suspicious activities on your PC, such as:

  • Displaying various intrusive ads;
  • Redirecting you to sponsors’ websites;
  • Slowing down your PC and ruin your browsing experience;
  • Recording non-personally identifiable information;
  • Installing multiple browser helper objects;
  • Making modifications to your browser settings, etc.

As evident, this PUP[1] can not only steal your money and financial data, including your credit card number. It can also expose you to high-risk malware and compromise your virtual safety. If you want to prevent such risks, make sure you remove PC Speed Care and similar pests to optimize your machine. For that, you can use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego.

PC Speed Care adware
PC Speed Care claims to be capable of improving computer's performance. Unfortunately, its aim is to promote its useless service.

Preventing fake PC optimization tools

Developers of these potentially unwanted programs have been using several methods to spread their programs without users' approval. The most popular one is setting up the perfectly-looking website that presents the program as a professional tool to improve computer's speed. However, you should always read other users' reviews before downloading such programs to your computer.

Next, you can let this PUP to your system after becoming a victim of bundling. Beware that developers of free programs tend to fail to disclose the fact that you will get two programs instead of one. You should be especially careful when downloading download managers, PDF creators, and similar freeware.[2]

To avoid bundling, keep in mind that these additional components are hidden in Advanced or Custom installation settings. Therefore, do not be careless when it comes to the installation of free software and refrain yourself from using Recommended settings. After opting for Advanced settings, uncheck all pre-checked check marks that allow installation of optimizers, browser extensions, and search engines.

Delete PC Speed Care virus and enjoy ads-free browsing

It is not surprising that inexperienced PC users are convinced that PC Speed Care is a useful utility that is capable of improving their computers' performance. However, instead of being helpful, this tool seeks the only thing – swindle people's money by pushing them into purchasing its fake “full” version. However, PC Speed Care removal is vital for a carefree function of your PC because this program is useless. Please, do NOT pay for its useless services!

You can remove PC Speed Care by installing reputable security software and running a full computer scan. This elimination method does not require having the advanced computer-related knowledge and can be implemented with the help of a few easy steps. However, to find every malicious component on your computer, make sure you update the software before running a scan.

Additionally, you can also delete the intruder without employing additional software. We have written a full removal guide which you can find below. Please make sure to follow every step precisely as incorrect use of the given steps might lead you to the permanent computer damage. If you find this method too complicated, feel free to use one of the programs listed below. 

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove PC Speed Care, follow these steps:

Remove PC Speed Care from Windows systems

To uninstall PC Speed Care from Windows permanently, we highly recommend finding all programs that you can't remember installing and eliminating them. You can do that with the help of the following guide:

  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 PC Speed Care and related programs
    Here, look for PC Speed Care 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'

Eliminate PC Speed Care 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 PC Speed Care 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'

Uninstall PC Speed Care 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 PC Speed Care 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 PC Speed Care removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete PC Speed Care 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, PC Speed Care should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Get rid of PC Speed Care from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 PC Speed Care 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 PC Speed Care removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase PC Speed Care from Google Chrome

If PC Speed Care ads are bothering you, get rid of commercial extensions on your web browser. Typically, you can remove them by resetting your web browser.

  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 PC Speed Care 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 PC Speed Care removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove PC Speed Care 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 PC Speed Care 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 PC Speed Care removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Ransomware analyst

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