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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In reality, these issues, threats and similar problems are usually just outdated registry entries that cannot have any impact on your computer's speed.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 adwarePC 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:

To remove PC Speed Care 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 Speed Care (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.

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)

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 Speed Care 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 Speed Care removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete PC Speed Care 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 Speed Care-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

Get rid of PC Speed Care 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 Speed Care 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 Speed Care 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 Speed Care removal.Reset Firefox 2

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.

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 Speed Care 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 Speed Care-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 Speed Care removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove PC Speed Care 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 PC Speed Care 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 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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