Advanced System Protector virus (Systweak Inc.)
The Advanced System Protector virus (though not technically a computer virus) is potential malware or a potentially unwanted program categorized as scareware that is promoted as an unregistered (free) and registered (full) Microsoft Windows system security cleaner and optimizer tool; however, Advanced System Protector is essentially considered a non-beneficial Windows Optimizer/Antivirus/Anti-Spyware program that participates in unethical marketing practices and performs potentially fraudulent, non-beneficial computer scans with highly misleading results in order to create customers and collect user information by use of scare tactics.
Once installed the potentially non-beneficial cleaning software will begin to perform a Quick Scan and will state that a “Quick Scan is in profess, please wait.” The system scan areas include Internet Cookies (infections found in temp internet files), System Memory (Infections found in loaded memory), System Registry, File System/Folders, and Invalid Windows Settings (Administrative Settings Modified by Malware). As you can see in parenthesis, the scan may perform misleading results meant to scare or frighten victims into believing their computers have been manifested by dangerous infections or malware.
Once a Advanced System Protector scan is complete the user has an option to “Clean All” infections, but in order to do so the user must purchase the full version. Once the Clean All button is clicked a pop-up will appear that says “Clean all infections with full version. Advanced System Protector’s benefits include security from infections, multiple shields protecting your PC and keeps hackers and intruders out. Protect your PC from infections by purchasing the full version of Advanced System Protector. Backed by our 30 days money back guarantee.”
Advanced System Protector malware also opens internet browser windows and causes unwanted pop-ups to appear.
Advanced System Protector may also collect and distributes user information manually submitted online while the program is installed or information submitted to the initial party and involved third-parties, as well as what they describe as anonymous usage information (anonymous information can still be used to identify a person or make communications).
Advanced System Protector may collect complete computing and browser activity. The information collected is often submitted to marketing and mailing lists. Victims have reported excessive email spam from Advanced System Protector by Systweak Software and third-parties, as well as junk mail and telephone calls from telemarketers at home.
Advanced System Protector malware often bundles associated software such as DLCleaner or with third-party adware, spyware, and browser hijackers used to display pop-up ads, banner ads, coupon drop-down ads, and cause browser redirections and start-ups.
How does Advanced System Protector malware get onto a computer?
Advanced System Protector by Systweak Inc. can be manually and voluntarily downloaded from a variety of locations including download.com, and others; however, most users claim that Advanced System Protector scareware installed without consent.
Advanced System Protector also bundles with third-party freeware and shareware.
In some instances Advanced System Protector scareware may be contracted via advertisements, email spam, and compromised social media content.
How to remove Advanced System Protector
- Automatically remove Advanced System Protector – Scan for and automatically remove Advanced System Protector malware
- Manually remove Advanced System Protector – Remove/Uninstall Advanced System Protector and third-party malware if allowed
1. Automatic Advanced System Protector removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove Advanced System Protector scareware and third-party malware.
1. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
2. Once Malwarebytes is installed, run the program. If you are using the free version of Malwarebytes you will be prompted to update the database, make sure to do so.
3. On the first tab labeled “Scanner” select the Perform full scan option and click the Scan button to perform a full system scan. Malwarebytes will automatically detect malware infecting the computer system.
4. Once the malware scan is complete, Malwarebytes may prompt a notice stating malicious objects were detected. Select the malicious objects and click the Remove Selected button to completely remove the malicious files from your computer (the image below shows a file that is NOT selected) or click the Delete button to remove quarantined files.
CCleaner can be used to automatically repair internet browser settings startup up settings, and uninstall stubborn and possibly rogue Advanced System Protector software.
1. Install the free or paid version of CCleaner by Piriform.
2. Once installed, open the program and navigate to Cleaner > Windows/Applications and click the Analyze button. Afterwards, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Next, navigate to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from windows, internet explorer, etc., all the way to Content Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click Disable and Delete once anything is found. Something to look for might include the title “Advanced System Protector or systweak.”
4. To automatically uninstall Advanced System Protector and unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and located software in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the programs as selected.
2. Manual Advanced System Protector removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall rogue Advanced System Protector software using generic removal procedures (if allowed), as well as third-party malware that may have installed alongside rogue Windows optimization software.
How to uninstall Advanced System Protector
1. Access Windows Start Menu and navigate to the Control Panel.
2. Click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program.
3. In the list of installed programs, search for Advanced System Protector (Systweak Inc., Systweak Software) and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.