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

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

System Maintenance ServiceSystem 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 Intego

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 PUPSystem 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 Intego 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 installationSystem 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.

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 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:

To remove System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service (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 System Maintenance Service from Mac OS X system

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

Remove System Maintenance Service from Applications folder:

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

Get rid of System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service-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

Delete System Maintenance Service from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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

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 System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase System Maintenance Service from Google Chrome

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 System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service-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 System Maintenance Service removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove System Maintenance Service 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 System Maintenance Service 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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