TsapriSpeedUp PUP (virus) - Free Guide

TsapriSpeedUp PUP Removal Guide

What is TsapriSpeedUp PUP?

TsapriSpeedUp is a potentially unwanted program that is disguised as a system optimization tool

TsapriSpeedUpTsapriSpeedUp is a fake system optimizer that is useless

TsapriSpeedUp is a potentially unwanted program that claims to be a system optimizer, registry fixer, and many other things. It uses deceptive tactics to get users to buy the program. When it scans the computer, it supposedly searches for invalid system entries, invalid startup entries, invalid DLLs, or broken links. The software shows intentional false positives to convince users to purchase the premium version of the program.

The program is promoted through untrusted advertising networks[1] that place ads on shady websites full of deceptive ads and redirects. The program claims to be able to achieve many things, but in reality, it is a useless program that just pretends to work in order to generate revenue. In recent years there has been a rise in applications that monetize user activity.

The problem is that they are very hard to identify for the average user. Many cannot distinguish the deceptive marketing tactics these developers use and fall into the trap. System optimization tools have long been in the spotlight of controversy. Many experts claim that they just provide a false sense of security for people. Seeing the green bar, and the rising numbers of supposedly removed junk files make people believe their system is faster and performing better after the scan.

NAME TsapriSpeedUp
TYPE Rogue application; potentially unwanted program
SYMPTOMS The program appears running on the machine, causing the usage of extra CPU power. Additional browsing-related processes can be associated with the app, like redirects and pop-up ads
DISTRIBUTION Shady websites, misleading advertisements, bundled software
DANGERS Users can experience performance issues while using their PC. Your privacy is also in danger since PUPs can track your activity
ELIMINATION Anti-malware tools can be helpful in fully eliminating PUPs, so run a system scan and remove the intruder
FURTHER STEPS Use ReimageIntego to repair any damage left and fix performance issues

PUP or legitimate software?

Although it is very hard for less IT-savvy individuals to differentiate a PUA, there are certain indicators you can look out for. First, you should be aware of where you have seen the program. Many times people infect themselves with adware[2] and other types of PUAs by browsing through untrusted websites. This usually includes websites that engage in illegal activities because they are unregulated.

Fraudulent marketing strategies for such programs are imminent. If users are careless they can easily end up on sites that say their system is infected and they need to install an antivirus to protect their PC. We previously wrote about pages that have adopted this tactic, like Webdefencesurvey.com. They create a sense of urgency and do not let people think. Their goal is to get you to install and pay for the dubious program. And to appear legitimate, they use well-known security software names.

That is why you should never install software from random pages or advertisements. Always do your research and look for reviews and ratings. Often you will find out that there are not many search results about PUPs. That includes TsapriSpeedUp. You are much better off looking for trustworthy software than installing something from a random website because you were offered a very good deal or the program is even free.

Free software often monetized user activity in other ways, for example by generating commercial content on your device. You might notice that a browser extension was also added, and you see pop-up ads, banners, and experience random redirects to shady websites. Every time you click on an ad placed by such a program, the developers receive a cut.[3]

TsapriSpeedUp PUPTsapriSpeedUp may damage your system's components

Sometimes, such applications appear in users' machines without their knowledge. This can happen through freeware distribution sites because they include additional programs in the installers and do not disclose that clearly on their sites. Many people skip through the installation process and do not notice the bundled software.[4] It is much wiser to use official developer websites or web stores even though it might get costly. If it means keeping your system safe, we think it will pay off in the long run.

Another thing you can do is choose the “Custom” or “Advanced” installation method, so no steps would be hidden from you. Take your time to read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use to find out what the app will be able to do in your machine and what data it will collect. The most important part is to check the file list and untick the boxes next to any additional programs that are up for installation.

If you do not know if you have a PUP in your system but you experience annoying symptoms, like an increased amount of commercial content, you can also go to Windows Task Manager to check what processes are running in the background and see if there is anything suspicious:

Shut down unwanted processes

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details.
    Open task manager
  3. Scroll down to Background processes section, and look for anything suspicious.
  4. Right-click and select Open file location.
    Open file location
  5. Go back to the process, right-click and pick End Task.
    End task
  6. Delete the contents of the malicious folder.

Check program Startup

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open Windows Task Manager.
  2. Go to Startup tab.
  3. Right-click on the suspicious program and pick Disable.
    Startup

Remove TsapriSpeedUp from your system

Manual removal of PUPs may not always work, as you can uninstall the program itself, but leave some related files behind. That is why we suggest using professional security tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes in this instance. These anti-malware tools will completely eliminate the application with all of its files and registries. If you still want to do this yourself, you can follow the guide below:

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.

Repair the damaged operating system

Performance, stability, and usability issues, to the point where a full Windows reinstall is required, are nothing unusual after a virus infection. These types of intruders can alter the Windows registry database, damage vital bootup, and other sections, delete or corrupt DLL files, etc. Once a system file is damaged, antivirus software cannot fix it.

Manual troubleshooting of such damage is also very complicated and can take a long time. This is why ReimageIntego was developed. It can fix a lot of the damage caused by an infection like this. Blue Screen errors, freezes, registry errors, damaged DLLs, etc., can make your computer completely unusable. By using this actually useful maintenance tool, you could prevent yourself from having to reinstall WIndows completely.

  • Download the application by clicking on the link above
  • Click on the ReimageRepair.exe
  • If User Account Control (UAC) shows up, select Yes
  • Press Install and wait till the program finishes the installation process
  • The analysis of your machine will begin immediately
  • Once complete, check the results – they will be listed in the Summary
  • You can now click on each of the issues and fix them manually
  • If you see many problems that you find difficult to fix, we recommend you purchase the license and fix them automatically.Reimage results

If you experience setting changes in your browsers, like the homepage, new tab address, redirects, or push notifications, you can look for instructions on how to deal with that below this article. Guides are available for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, MS Edge, and Internet Explorer.

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Getting rid of TsapriSpeedUp PUP. Follow these steps

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
ChromeFirefoxEdge

Remove from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

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 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

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 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 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

How to prevent from getting system tools

Stream videos without limitations, no matter where you are

There are multiple parties that could find out almost anything about you by checking your online activity. While this is highly unlikely, advertisers and tech companies are constantly tracking you online. The first step to privacy should be a secure browser that focuses on tracker reduction to a minimum.

Even if you employ a secure browser, you will not be able to access websites that are restricted due to local government laws or other reasons. In other words, you may not be able to stream Disney+ or US-based Netflix in some countries. To bypass these restrictions, you can employ a powerful Private Internet Access VPN, which provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, not slowing you down in the process.

Data backups are important – recover your lost files

Ransomware is one of the biggest threats to personal data. Once it is executed on a machine, it launches a sophisticated encryption algorithm that locks all your files, although it does not destroy them. The most common misconception is that anti-malware software can return files to their previous states. This is not true, however, and data remains locked after the malicious payload is deleted.

While regular data backups are the only secure method to recover your files after a ransomware attack, tools such as Data Recovery Pro can also be effective and restore at least some of your lost data.

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