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Remove Smart System Care virus (Tutorial) - Free Instructions

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Things to consider before purchasing the full version of Smart System Care

Smart System Care (by SysCareLogics) is a questionable free program that promises to clean, secure and optimize computers that run Windows operating system. Unfortunately, security experts classify this program as a potentially unwanted one (PUP). Despite its promises to improve computer’s performance, it is a hardly useful tool that is unlikely to perform required maintenance tasks. On top of that, this system tool asks to purchase its license key in order to fix the “issues” it detects. We believe that this program is untrustworthy because irrespective of your system’s status, it is likely to provide you with a list of bugs and errors that need to be fixed. In other words, it is likely to serve quite inaccurate scan results just to scare you and convince you to buy its licensed version[1].

In our opinion, there is no need to buy such program that performs tasks that you can easily do by yourself and without spending a cent (such as clear browser history or cookies). If the described program annoys you by continuously sending push notifications asking you to “clean” your system and buy the full version of it, remove Smart System Care using instructions provided in this article or obtain a useful program like Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to uninstall this rogue system optimizer for you completely. The program seems to annoy many computer users who accidentally install it, so there is no surprise why the majority of them tend to call it Smart System Care virus. Regardless of its interfering behavior, this program is not classified as a virus[2].

Smart System Care screenshot

Distribution of questionable system optimization programs

In general, the majority of unpopular and shady PC optimizers such as PC Optimizer, Smart Registry Care or Smart Driver Updater are distributed with the help of software bundling technique. In other words, you can receive suggestions to install one of these when installing a different computer program. For this reason, you have to be extremely careful when choosing sources and applications to install. What is more, we suggest you act extremely careful when installing programs that you download. Software installers tend not to disclose the existence of bundled additions in a direct way, and in most cases, users have to find these additions manually. We suggest you do not rely on provided Standard or Default settings and choose Custom or Advanced installation option instead. Then you will access a list of suggested programs that you can easily refuse to install by removing check marks next to them.

Rogue Smart System Care program
Smart System Care is unlikely to improve your computer's performance, therefore we suggest you carefully inspect it and reviews about it online before you decide to obtain this application.

Removal of Smart System Care

It is not that hard to remove Smart System Care. You just simply need to follow the guide provided below or use the anti-spyware program to uninstall this rogue system optimizer for you. Please follow the provided steps carefully and you will have no problems with Smart System Care removal. If you have some questions to ask, you can always contact our support team via “Ask Us” page.

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To remove Smart System Care virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of Smart System Care from Windows systems

Access the list of currently installed software to find in-built Smart System Care uninstaller. Activate it according to these instructions. Make sure you uninstall all other questionable programs as well. If you wish, uninstall programs that you do not use at the same time, too.

  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 Smart System Care and related programs
    Here, look for Smart System 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'

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

Erase Smart System Care virus 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, Smart System Care should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Smart System Care from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

The following instructions explain how to get rid of shady add-ons from Firefox.

  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 Smart System 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 Smart System Care removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Smart System Care from Google Chrome

The provided guide explains how to delete suspicious extensions from Chrome.

  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 Smart System 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 Smart System Care removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Smart System 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 Smart System 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 Smart System Care removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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