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

System Maintenance Service Removal Guide

What is System Maintenance Service?

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 FortectIntego

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 FortectIntego 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 FortectIntego. 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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What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Fortect Intego has a free limited scanner. Fortect Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
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Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.

Getting rid of System Maintenance Service. Follow these steps

Uninstall from Windows

To get rid of System Maintenance Service from Windows systems, please follow this guide:

Instructions for Windows 10/8  machines:

  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 the entry of the 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.

Delete from macOS

Remove items from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for all 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 an unwanted app, 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 and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the related .plist files. Uninstall from Mac 2

Remove 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 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

Restore new tab and homepage settings:

  1. Click the menu icon and choose Settings.
  2. Then find On startup section.
  3. Click Disable if you found any suspicious domain.

Reset MS Edge if the 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 Delete Advanced 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” -Verbose Advanced 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, search 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

Remove 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 unwanted plugin and click Remove. Remove extensions from Firefox

Reset the homepage:

  1. Click three horizontal lines at the top right corner to open the menu.
  2. Choose Options.
  3. Under Home options, enter your preferred site that will open every time you newly open the Mozilla Firefox.

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Settings.
  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

Reset Mozilla Firefox

If clearing the browser as explained above did not help, 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. Reset Firefox 2

Remove 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 the unwanted program 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

Change your homepage:

  1. Click menu and choose Settings.
  2. Look for a suspicious site in the On startup section.
  3. Click on Open a specific or set of pages and click on three dots to find the Remove option.

Reset Google Chrome:

If the previous methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the unwanted 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. Reset Chrome 2

Delete from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension 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

After uninstalling this potentially unwanted program (PUP) and fixing each of your web browsers, we recommend you to scan your PC system with a reputable anti-spyware. This will help you to get rid of System Maintenance Service registry traces and will also identify related parasites or possible malware infections on your computer. For that you can use our top-rated malware remover: FortectIntego, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

How to prevent from getting adware

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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.


Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 


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