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Total System Care. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as TotalSystemCare | Type: Adware

Total System Care – a dubious application that is classified as scareware

Total System Care PUP
Total System Care is a potentially unwanted program that may appear out of nowhere and start performing scans pf the system

Total System Care is presented as a utility tool that can speed up the PC, fix errors, free disk space, stabilize programs, clean registry entries, etc. The software is compatible with various versions of Windows and was developed in 2013 by Canada-based firm SafeBytes Software Inc. Some users may think that this application is useful as it can fix multiple PC issues. However, security experts[1] consider it a potentially unwanted program[2] that injects users' machines via software bundling.

Summary
Name Total System Care
Type Potentially unwanted program; scareware
Developer SafeBytes Software Inc.
Compatible OS Windows based systems
Main dangers Misleading users into believing that they need its full version, may expose sensitive data to unknown sources
Distribution Software bundling, official website
Elimination Download and install Reimage. Otherwise, use manual guide below

TotalSystemCare has precisely the same flaw as many other scareware[3] programs – they try to make users purchase the licensed version to gain profit. It would be all good if the “issues” found were real. However, it is not the case – developers seek to confuse users by flashing various warnings about such insignificant things like cookies or temporary files. This program displays exaggerated alerts that can hardly reveal the real PC's situation and make your computer run faster.

Instead, this app may actually damage your machine. It offers to clear registry entries – a tiny database files which hold the configuration settings inside. Many security experts (and even Microsoft themselves) agree that tampering with these files might damage system files permanently and the only solution would be to reinstall Windows – and we are sure you don't want to do that. Therefore, we suggest you remove Total System Care virus from your machine ASAP – don't let it damage your system.

Unfortunately, many users who are not familiar with system files and the operation of the operating system fall for this trick. It is not surprising, as the scareware infiltrates machines without users' noticing and instantaneously starts performing a system scan. As we already mentioned, it finds many bogus issues, and, according to the program, the only way to fix them is by purchasing the licensed version, which costs $29.99USD semi-annually. It is a subscription-based product; thus, users who forget to cancel it will be charged 6-monthly automatically.

Total System Care adware
Although the PUP can be downloaded from official website, it usually enters users' machines via software bundling

The worst part is that the users enter their sensitive information when they purchase Total System Care. Thus, such data as name, address, email, and even credit card details may be exposed to questionable third-parties. Therefore, never enter payment information, as it may lead to stolen money or even identity fraud.

Finally, even if you pay for full version, the scareware will not leave you alone. It will keep performing scans and offer to install other dubious applications, or display advertisements directly from your Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or another browser. 

To conclude, if you found that the questionable application is performing scans on your system and finds multiple issues, hurry up with Total System Care removal. You can get rid of it by uninstalling it manually, as well as using reputable anti-malware software (security specialists recommend Reimage) that will make sure that no traces to PUP are left.

Bogus system optimizers often enter devices without users noticing

The system optimizer can be downloaded from its official website or other sites that are used for promoting questionable applications. However, you should think twice before downloading this program on your computer because cause many adverse effects to your system. 

Additionally, the PUP usually infiltrates machines without permission – using software bundling technique. This method is often used by freeware developers and unwanted software authors, as both gain benefit from that. Thus, it is in the biggest interest of software creators to make users install third-party apps, which are often completely useless or even harmful.

That's why you should always monitor the installation process, even if it the legitimate one, as many reputable firms are contracted with PUP developers. For example, Adobe Flash updates continuously try to infect users' computers with various toolbars and add-ons.

Therefore, when installing free programs, always select Custom or Advanced installation settings. This way, you will be able to see the full list of the about-to-be-installed applications, in addition to the desired one. Then, remove all the tick-marks next to components and only then finalize the installation.

Total System Care virus
Total System Care is a bogus system optimizer that may damage the PC instead of fixing it

Total System Care removal: simple steps

We highly recommend you to remove Total System Care from the system, especially if you have no idea where this program came from. You can perform the elimination in two different ways, or combine them both:

  • Automatic option- simply download and install anti-malware software;
  • Manual Total System care removal is just as effective as automatic one. However, do not forget the incorrect procedure will fail to eliminate the potentially unwanted program. Additionally, this method will not protect you from unwanted programs or malware infections in the future.

Even if you are an experienced computer user, we would still suggest you scan the system with powerful anti-virus tool to make sure that no traces of the Total System Care virus are left.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes 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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Different security software includes different virus database. If you didn’t succeed in finding malware with Reimage, try running alternative scan with Combo Cleaner.

To remove Total System Care, follow these steps:

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Delete Total System Care from Windows systems

To eliminate Total System Care virus from Windows, follow these steps:

  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 Total System Care and related programs
    Here, look for Total 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'
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Remove Total System Care 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 Total System Care 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'
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Eliminate Total 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 Total 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 Total System Care removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Uninstall Total System Care 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, Total System Care should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Total System Care 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 Total 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 Total System Care removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Erase Total System Care from Google Chrome

Do not forget to reset your Google Chrome in case some potentially unwanted programs made changes to it:

  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 Total 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 Total System Care removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Total 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 Total 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 Total System Care removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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