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Remove System Maintenance Service (Easy Removal Guide) - updated Dec 2019

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: Adware

System Maintenance Service – a potentially unwanted program that can show intrusive ads without permission

System Maintenance Service
System Maintenance Service is an adware app that shows intrusive ads on all visited websites without permission

System Maintenance Service (also known as System Maintenance Service 1.18) is a questionable web browser add-on that, once inside, may try to change settings of Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and other browsers. Once that is accomplished, the potentially unwanted program[1] acts as a hijacker which redirects users to questionable domains and shows them intrusive ads. In some cases, these advertisements can be marked as System Maintenance Service ads, although usually users will be presented with pop-ups, in-text links, deals, offers, banners, and other content that has no markings.

Besides, just like many other PUPs, the System Maintenance Service virus is set to track users' web browsing sessions in order to generate behavior-based ads, otherwise known as targeted ads.[2] The collected data may also include personal details like name, email, etc., which is another reason to remove System Maintenance Service as soon as possible.

Name System Maintenance Service
Also known as System Maintenance Service 1.18
Type Adware, potentially unwanted program
Installation Typically installed via software bundles or after being tricked by an attractive ad or a fake update pop-up
Main dangers Adware might record information that is considered to be personal and send it to unknown parties (potentially cybercriminals); users might also be led to sites that are ridden with malware or display scam messages urging them to install unwanted programs that may harm the computer
Symptoms Search results are filled with sponsored links; redirects lead to suspicious websites; slow operation of the web browser; all visited websites are filled with pop-ups and other forms of ads, etc.
Termination Use reputable anti-malware software or check our manual removal guide below
Recovery & optimization Adware may change Windows registry settings without permission or engage in other system modifications without permission. In order to fix virus damage done, scan your computer with Reimage Reimage Cleaner

In most of the cases, users will find Ads by System Maintenance Service plaguing their browsers seemingly out of nowhere, hence think that the commercial content is embedded within the visited sites. While it might be the case with some sites, there is plenty of online content that does not expose users to ads. Nevertheless, the infected users would still see deals, offers, coupons, banners, and other intrusive advertisements even on harmless sites.

Nevertheless, System Maintenance Service is usually installed with other applications that users download from the internet, as it can be hidden as an optional component with the installation wizard. In other cases, users might also install the PUP after being tricked by an attractive online ad or after being shown a fake update for such software like Adobe Flash[3] or Java. Additionally, adware infections are also common from scam sites like Your system is infected with 3 viruses.

Besides, users who got infected with System Maintenance Service virus reported that they also found such apps as Free Coins, Free Coins Desktop App 1.29.0, and C Derive DeskTop App on their systems as well – this is another pointer at software bundling. System Maintenance Service removal might be a little complicated, as other malware might be present on the machine.

System Maintenance Service PUP
System Maintenance Service is a potentially unwanted program that may record information about you and potentially share it with third-parties

To bypass that, those who struggle to terminate the unwanted apps or add-ons should scan their machines with anti-malware software. However, it might also be possible to get rid of System Maintenance Service manually by following the instructions provided below. For best results, experts[4] also recommend resetting the installed browsers and scanning the machine with Reimage Reimage Cleaner to fix the damage done by adware.

Adware is usually spread through software bundles

Software bundling is extremely prevalent when it comes to the distribution of potentially unwanted programs, and also malware. The main reason for that is because of the lack of attentiveness from users, as they often rush the installation of freeware/shareware and often skip the installation steps. While in recent years, security advocates are trying to rise awareness and urge users to be more cautious, the infections keep coming, although at a reduced rate due to the implementation of high-end safety mechanisms by Google, Microsoft, Apple, and other industry giants.

The best way to avoid potentially unwanted applications and malware is taking care of your computer properly. The first step to a better cybersecurity is anti-malware software, as it can stop many threats from entering in the first place. However, note that PUPs can not always be stopped, as users install them themselves (even if it is done unwillingly). To avoid it, always pick Advanced/Custom installation settings when installing free software from third-party sites, and read each page of the installation instructions carefully. Watch out for tricks that freeware developers use, such as pre-ticked boxes, fine print text, misleading deals, misplaced buttons, etc. Finally, when you encounter a step with optional apps, remove ticks next to them.

System Maintenance Service installation
System Maintenance Service and similar PUPs are often installed via software bundles or fake updates

Get rid of System Maintenance Service virus

As previously mentioned, System Maintenance Service removal might be either difficult or very easy – it highly depends on many factors, such as your computer literacy skills, the installed anti-malware, the level of infection, etc. In fact, many of the computer nasties can be avoided if a comprehensive security application is installed on the system. Additionally, anti-malware can also be used for PUP elimination, although note that not AV vendors will recognize all unwanted programs.

Thus, you should first try to remove System Maintenance Service yourself by following our detailed removal guide below. Additionally, it is also recommended resetting Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and all the other installed browsers in order to prevent adware altered settings from continuing the unwanted activity on your device.

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To remove System Maintenance Service, follow these steps:

Remove System Maintenance Service from Windows systems

To get rid of System Maintenance Service from Windows systems, please follow this 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 System Maintenance Service and related programs
    Here, look for System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service 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'

Get rid of System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate System Maintenance Service 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, System Maintenance Service should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete System Maintenance Service from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox as soon as you uninstall PUPs from your computer:

  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 System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase System Maintenance Service from Google 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 System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Remove System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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