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PCTechHotline virus. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as PC Tech Hotline | Type: Malware

PCTechHotline (or PC Tech Hotline) is a very questionable PC support service that offers helping people to solve computer-related issues. The program that causes PCTechHotline ads is spread around in a bundle with other free applications. If you don't monitor their installation process, you can easily agree to add it to your system. As soon as it enters it, it initiates various modifications and starts displaying PCTechHotline ads. Of course, you should never take them seriously because all what they want you to do is to make you dial +1 561-948-3761 number and call to a questionable support service. It can be predetermined that this service will claim that your computer is full of registry errors and similar issues and then will offer to install PC Fix Speed or other questionable PC optimization tool. By the way, calling to PCTechHotline support can also be a cause of extremely big phone bill from your phone operator because this service applies a hourly charge for its customers. To sum up, we do not recommend calling for PC Tech Hotline support or buying anything from it.

How can PCTechHotline hijack my computer?

As we have mentioned before, PCTechHotline pop-ups may appear right after the installation of a questionable programs. You can agree to download this program on your computer after installing video recording/streaming software, download-managers or PDF creators. You may also add this program on your machine while visiting unsafe or corrupted websites. In order to avoid that, you should ignore all ads that offer checking computer for free and similar things. By doing so, PCTechHotline developers are trying to trick you into downloading PC Fix Speed and similar questionable programs that additionally cause annoying ads and similar issues. In order to avoid potentially unwanted programs that may cause PCTechHotline popups, you should be very careful while surfing the internet. Therefore, we strongly recommend not to download unfamiliar free programs without checking them at first. If you think that PCTechHotline virus has infiltrated your computer, you should avoid its tech support ads because they seek only to swindle your money.

How to remove PCTechHotline from my computer?

If you want to get rid of PCTechHotline ads, you should remove this potentially unwanted program from the system. For that you should run a full system scan with either Reimage or Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner. In addition to that, you may also need to reset your browsers:

Internet Explorer:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click the Gear icon or ‘Tools‘ -> 'Internet Options'.
  2. Here, go to the 'Advanced' tab and click the 'Reset' button.
  3. Go to the 'Reset Internet Explorer settings' -> 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' option.
  4. Finally, click 'Close' and OK to save the changes.
  5. Change your homepage.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox, go to the 'Help' section -> 'Troubleshooting Information'.
  2. Here, choose a 'Reset Firefox’ for a couple of times and 'Finish'.
  3. Finally, change your homepage.

Google Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu button on the Google Chrome browser, select Settings -> Show Advanced Settings.
  2. Here, look for 'Reset browser settings' button.
  3. Click 'Reset' to complete this task.
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