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Remove Smart PC Care (Removal Instructions) - Aug 2018 update

removal by Gabriel E. Hall - - | Type: System tools

Smart PC Care – a fake PC optimization tool that is actively promoting Driver Updater

Smart PC Care virus

Smart PC Care is a fake system optimizer published by Connect AB Infoline Private Ltd. Once inside the system, it typically scans the system for errors and then displays hundreds of different issues detected. Its aim is to convince its victim that there is something wrong with the user's computer and that he/she has to buy the full program's version to fix these issues. However, you should never waste your money on Smart PC Care virus as it is a useless tool that will have no impact on your machine's work. The virus can also promote Driver Updater and similar tools that are useless. These two viruses can be installed manually, but in most of the cases, they infiltrate systems via software bundling or with the help of fake ads. In case you start encountering such ads repetitively, check your PC for adware[1]

Summary
Name Smart PC Care
Type Fake system optimizer
Distribution Software bundling, fake ads, official website
Publisher Connect AB Infoline Private Ltd
Symptoms Displays continuous scans of the PC, returns bogus results
Main dangers Money loss, installation of other bogus software, e.g. Driver Updater
Elimination To fully delete Smart PC Care, use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. Alternatively, you can use manual instructions below

The truth is, there are hundreds of apps with striking similarities, for example Win PC Repair 2018 or SpeedUp PC 2018. As soon as it gets into your device, it performs a full scan. Immediately users can see hundreds of issues that are flashed in red. Smart PC Care displays problems divided into these categories:

  • PUP/malware threats
  • Items impacting system performance
  • Software/user related problems
  • Startup/uninstall and user Items

Our attention was directed towards PUP/malware threats mostly. Once expanded, this category showed 13 registry entry errors. How is that related to malware or potentially unwanted programs? The app simply does not make sense and shows bogus scan results. This is a great time not to pay attention and remove Smart PC Care virus from your computer.

Registry entries are tiny files used by Windows that hold configuration settings information for every program installed. Smart PC Care flags registry entries of Google as potentially dangerous, which is entirely not accurate. These and many other “errors” detected by this bogus app will not cause any hard or slow down your computer in any way.

It is evident that developers of Smart PC Care want your money, and they do not care about your PC's performance. Although developers do claim that their program can eliminate malware,[2] improve system performance and fix other issues, it is merely a  scam. If anything, these programs are known to damage Windows registries and straight out disrupt or even corrupt the system, as experts[3] claim. Not to mention the money loss.

Thus, if you want to use a proper anti-malware tool, download and install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or Malwarebytes. What is more, these applications will help you to take care of Smart PC Care removal.

Smart PC Care PUPSmart PC Care is potentially unwanted program that usually enters machines via software bundling

PUPs are mostly spread via fake advertising and software bundles

You can get infected with Smart PC Care, Driver Updater and similar PUPs after clicking on a fake ad offering you to check your computer for malware for free. Don't fall for such lies as their aim is to trick users into downloading the malicious executable of the virus.

In addition, software bundling is yet another successful method used by hackers to spread their malware. For that, freeware/shareware and PUP developers often collaborate and offer a bundle of programs in one installer. This way, unwanted programs are distributed faster, and free software authors are getting paid for every install made. That is why you will always be prompted to use Recommended/Quick installation settings. Users do not realize that it is merely a clever marketing trick.

However, if you select Advanced or Custom installation mode, you will be able to choose which programs you want to be installed on your computer. Merely unmark all optional components and proceed with the installation. If Recommended settings are selected, users are not presented with the opportunity to get rid of add-ons, browser extensions, system optimizers and other unwanted applications.

Delete Smart PC Care instead of wasting your time and money

Smart PC Care removal should not be delayed as this application will not improve your computer's performance in any way. Just like any other fake optimization tool, it seeks to create a need of its license. Once you buy it, it just stops showing you its warning message and displays a result “Clean.”

Fortunately, you can get rid of the virus manually or automatically – both methods work just as good, so choose the one that suits you the most. If you want to remove Smart PC Care quickly, pick reputable security software for that purpose. After scanning your machine for just a few minutes, it will detect all potentially unwanted programs and fix registry key problems related to it.

If you are not keen on installing additional software on your PC, we recommend you check our manual instructions below. Make sure you follow them carefully, as failing to do that will result in virus re-infection. 

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 Smart PC Care, follow these steps:

Eliminate Smart PC Care from Windows systems

To eliminate Smart PC Care from Windows OS, follow this guide:

To remove Smart PC 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 Smart PC 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.

Uninstall Smart PC Care from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Smart PC Care from Applications folder:

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

Remove Smart PC 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 Smart PC 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 Smart PC Care removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete Smart PC 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 Smart PC 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 Smart PC Care from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Make sure you refresh Firefox to get rid of all the changes made by the PUP:

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 Smart PC 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 Smart PC 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 Smart PC Care removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase Smart PC Care from Google Chrome

To stop misleading pop-up ads from appearing, reset Chrome 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 Smart PC 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 Smart PC 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 Smart PC Care removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Smart PC 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 Smart PC 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

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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