MyPC Backup virus (scam)
MyPC Backup is potential malware categorized as spyware that is reported to install to Microsoft Windows computer systems with or without user consent and cause problems for computer users relating to the invasion of privacy, credit card theft, computer and internet browser functionality, and unethical marketing practices.
Once installed, MyPC Backup begins to transform existing Windows settings and will start every time the operating system is booted. Once a user reaches the Windows desktop, a MyPC Backup pop-up window may appear that says “Start Backing Up Your Files” in attempt to persuade users to create a free account that contains a “100% free PC backup plan.” MyPC Backup will asks users for their name, email address, and password (manually submitted information) in order to create a free account; however, MyPC Backup is not actually free. This is likely orchestrated to collect manually submitted information from users.
Once a user creates a “free” MyPC Backup account with “100% free PC backup” the program will begin to backup your files to an online or remote location. Once a few files are added, MyPC Backup will prompt a message stating that it could not backup all files (Congratulations! Your First Backup Is Complete – However Not All Your Files Were Backed Up – - Backup These Files Now! – WARNING: Your Files Are Not Protected – Protect Now) and the user must pay for a full MyPC Backup account to use the service. This is considered an unethical practice or scam that may entrap victims to terms they would never agree with if presented in a proper manner.
MyPC Backup and relating parties will collect information users manually submit online and to the application and additional applications once the program or similar programs are installed. Information collected aside from the previously mentioned manually submitted information includes your telephone number, home address, usernames, credit card account details, bank account login information, internet browser activity, computer activity, and more.
Information collected by MyPC Backup and relating parties may be used to submit users to mailing and marketing lists without their direct consent or knowledge. Most victims of MyPC Backup malware complain of unwanted email spam, junk mail, and even telephone calls from telemarketers. Furthermore, victims have complained that email spam (etc.) was relating to their recent computing and internet browsing activity; for example, if you recently searched for an ipad you may receive email spam relating to ipad accessories.
MyPCBackup also sends an excessive amount of email spam to anyone who attempts to use the product.
Cyber crimes relating to the spyware category of computer infections includes credit theft, extortion, identity theft, and others. Some MyPC Backup users claim that they were charged by MyPC Backup, JustZip, and others without authorization. MyPC Backup may also be difficult to cancel payment and make contact with.
Users have also complained that the MyPC Backup website (mypcback.com) is difficult to navigate and close. In most cases mypcback.com may prompt unwanted advertisements or “confirm notifications” that say”Hey Wait! Before You Go… To receive your last minute discount… Just click the ‘Stay on this page’ button below!” before allowing visitors to leave the website.
Mypcbackup.com may even open a chat box powered by Intellichat without user consent in attempt to get visitors to talk to agents while they are stuck on the domain name.
How does MyPC Backup malware get onto a computer?
MyPC Backup can be manually and voluntarily installed from a variety of unethical websites including download.com. In most cases MyPC Backup software bundles with third-party freeware and shareware downloads (especially media related content like codecs or media players). Users may be given the opportunity to accept or decline an offer to install MyPC Backup; however the decision to decline installing MyPC Backup and similar software is often ignored or presented in a colluding manner.
MyPC Backup malware can also be contracted from questionable search results, advertisements, social media content, email spam, torrent downloads, and other locations.
MyPC Backup and third-party items may also install unwanted browser hijackers such as browser add-ons, browser helper objects, and extensions in order to corrupt internet browser settings and cause unwanted browser redirects and start ups.
How to remove MyPC Backup
- Automatically remove MyPC Backup - Scan for and automatically remove MyPC Backup software and third-party malware
- Manually remove MyPC Backup - Remove/Uninstall MyPC Backup promoted software and third-party malware (if necessary)
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1. Automatic MyPC Backup removal
Use the instructions below to automatically remove MyPC Backup and third-party malware, as well as automatically remove unwanted search engines from your installed internet browsers.
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2. Install the free or paid version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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 uninstallMyPC Backup and third-party 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.
4. To automatically uninstall MyPC Backup and other unwanted programs, navigate to the Uninstall tab and search for MyPC Backup, etc. in the list of installed programs. Uninstall the unwanted software as selected by clicking the Run Uninstaller button.
2. Manual MyPC Backup removal
Use the instructions below to manually uninstall MyPC Backup and third-party software using generic Microsoft Windows removal procedures.
How to uninstall MyPC Backup
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 MyPC Backup and other potentially unwanted software. Once located, double click the unwanted programs or highlight them in the list and click the Uninstall button.
4. If the program displays a myPCbackup pop-up that says “Before you Uninstall” click the small text that says No Thanks to remove the program.
How to remove MyPC Backup add-ons and extensions
Use the instructions to remove MyPC Backup (MyPC Backup Toolbar) add-ons, extensions, plug-ins, and toolbars. Please note, it may be necessary to remove multiple third-party items.
1. Click on the Customize icon (wrench or 3 bar icon) next to the address bar and navigate to Tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the MyPC Backup extension and remove it by clicking the trashcan icon next to them.
1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.
2. On the Extensions and Plugin search for the MyPC Backup add-on and remove it.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Click Tools and select Manage add-ons.
2. On the Toolbars and Extensions tab search for the MyPC Backup add-on and remove it if located.