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Remove SystemKeeperPro virus (Removal Guide) - Mar 2018 update

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SystemKeeperPro is misleading system tool falling for the “scareware” category

SystemKeeperPro is not a reliable system tool

SystemKeeperPro is a system's optimization tool developed by Monterix Software. Since 2016, it has been classified as a potentially unwanted program (PUP)[1] and rogue PC Optimizer (also known as digital snake-oil).[2] It has been found spreading as one of the freeware constituent parts, which is why most people installed it accidentally. Upon installation, it launches a scanner on a regular basis and displays an exaggerated scan results to convince PC's owner to purchase a full SystemKeeperPro version, which costs from $19.95 to $44.95,

Name SystemKeeperPro
Type PUP
Danger level Low. Cannot harm PC directly
Symptomps Regular system's scans, security alerts from SystemKeeperPro, system's slowdowns
Distribution Freeware bundling
Removal options System tools can be removed both manually and automatically (full instructions at the end of the post). Those who installed the SystemKeeperPro in a bundle, should download Reimage and scan the system to wipe all PUPs out. 

System Keeper virus has an official website with an active download for both free and paid versions of the tool. The information on the site has been recently upgraded, which proves the fact that the PUP is not discontinued. By the way, the tool is closely related to the Driver Updater, which is not a reliable tool either. 

If it managed to infiltrate the system, it creates a Windows startup entry to launch along with the system after each reboot. Besides, it corrupts some Windows registry entries to root into the OS. Once done, SystemKeeperPro virus starts initiating (or imitating) system scans and delivers reports about the current PC's status.

No matter how trustworthy its scan results might look, do not fall for believing that it's a 9-in-1 ultimate tool that fixes system errors, optimizes system settings and cleans junk from your computer. Usually, the number of issues reported exceeds 2000 and the number of junk is huge. Based on these results, the SystemKeeperPro malware will ascribe your PC to a Critical state. 

Do not fall for this trick. This scareware has been designed to collect money from inexperienced users. That's why its developer is distributing it along with freeware and scaring people into thinking that their PC's are at the risk of crash. To fix the supposed issues, it is most likely to ask you to transfer $44.95 (the price depends on the plan you choose) for System Keeper's license. 

SystemKeeperPro foists its paid version

The rogue provides the user with a bonus, i.e.  an opportunity to fix 10% of problems for free, and also suggests calling tech support at 1-977-883-9169 for help. However, be aware that you might not need any PC cleaning at all because this optimizer reportedly delivers false positive scan results[3] just to talk you into purchasing its full version.

We believe that such marketing techniques are not fair and that you shouldn’t rely on such product. Therefore, if you have accidentally installed this suspicious tool without knowing its true intentions, we suggest you remove SystemKeeperPro with the help of an anti-spyware program. We recommend Reimage or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner programs as they can powerfully clean your PC from PUPs and malware, but you can choose any other program that you want. Alternatively, you canuse SystemKeeperPro removal instructions that are given just below this article.

SystemKeeperPro is classified as PUP
SystemKeeperPro is can be listed as PUP and scareware. It is promoted via freeware and foists its licensed version, which is actually useless

Freeware is the main PUP carrier

PUPs like adware or browser hijacker might have official websites. They can also be promoted via third-party download sources as stand-alone installers. Nevertheless, they are most actively distributed as freeware attachments. Therefore, it's important to pay close attention close attention to the fine print in software installation wizards[4].

You should always choose Custom or Advanced option and, if possible, deselect unwanted additional items added to your download. No matter what free program you decide to install, carefully choose its download source[5].

SystemKeeperPro is related to other malware

Avoid suspicious-looking file sharing sites and follow your common sense to protect your PC from suspicious applications. Bear in mind that download managers, free games, and media players are often bundled with spyware programs, so make sure you adjust installation settings before clicking that “Install now” button!

SystemKeeperPro removal instructions

Eliminate System Keeper virus from your PC despite the fact how it managed to enter the system. Although it cannot harm your PC, its performance is annoying. Besides, it's a useless tool that cannot improve system's performance, but can do the opposite. 

To remove SystemKeeperPro from Windows, you can use a reliable anti-spyware tool (automatic SystemKeeperPro removal). That's a recommended way to get rid of PUPs, but you can also initiate SystemKeeperPro removal manually. Instructions on how to safely remove this program are given below.

If the malware corrupted web browser's settings or installed a browser hijacker alongside, here's what you should to to recover your web browser's settings:

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove SystemKeeperPro virus, follow these steps:

Get rid of SystemKeeperPro from Windows systems

To uninstall this program, use instructions given below and navigate to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs. Here, find SystemKeeperPro, right click-on it, and select Uninstall. It is also recommended to check your browsers for suspicious add-ons. If you have any questions regarding this program or its removal, don't hesitate to write to us and ask!

  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 SystemKeeperPro and related programs
    Here, look for SystemKeeperPro 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'
  5. Remove SystemKeeperPro from Windows shortcuts
    Right click on the shortcut of Mozilla Firefox and select Properties. Right click on browsers' icon and select 'Properties'
  6. Go to Shortcut tab and look at the Target field. Delete malicious URL that is related to your virus. Select 'Shortcut' tab and delete '' or other suspicious URL

Repeat steps that are given above with all browsers' shortcuts, including Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Make sure you check all locations of these shortcuts, including Desktop, Start Menu and taskbar.

Erase SystemKeeperPro 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 SystemKeeperPro 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 SystemKeeperPro removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate SystemKeeperPro 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, SystemKeeperPro should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall SystemKeeperPro from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  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 SystemKeeperPro 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. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the menu (top right corner), choose Options General.
  4. Here, delete malicious URL and enter preferable website or click Restore to default.
  5. Click OK to save these changes. When in 'General' tab, delete malicious URL from 'Home Page' section or click on 'Restore to Default' button. Click 'OK' to save changes
  6. 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'
  7. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete SystemKeeperPro removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Remove SystemKeeperPro 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 SystemKeeperPro 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. Change your homepage and default search engine if it was altered by your virus
    Click on menu icon and choose Settings.
  4. Here, look for the Open a specific page or set of pages under On startup option and click on Set pages. After clicking on menu and 'Settings', select 'Set pages'
  5. Now you should see another window. Here, delete malicious search sites and enter the one that you want to use as your homepage. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  6. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  7. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  8. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  9. 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
  10. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete SystemKeeperPro removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of SystemKeeperPro 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 SystemKeeperPro or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Open your Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu section. Here, select Preferences as it was displayed previously and select General.
  4. Here, look at the Homepage field. If it was altered by SystemKeeperPro, remove unwanted link and enter the one that you want to use for your searches. Remember to include the "http://" before typing in the address of the page. When in 'General', delete malicious URL and enter your desired domain name
  5. 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...'
  6. 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 SystemKeeperPro removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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