How to remove PC Speedup Pro (Virus Removal Guide)

PC Speedup Pro

PC Speedup Pro (PC Speedup Pro Repair) is a Potentially Unwanted Program that is promoted and advertised as a Windows Optimizer and Antivirus program. The program is known to utilize very deceptive and dishonest marketing practices in order to generate potential customers.

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Once PC Speedup Pro is installed it will begin to scan your computer for malware and pups, system performance issues, system and user related software issues, and startup and uninstall issues. The scan results will always claim that a large amount of system issues were found. The scan results will say something like “Attention! 641 System issues found” and it will provide a Start Repair button. If the Start Repair button is clicked a browser window will open on pcspeeduppro.net. The webpage will contain a shopping cart, information, and a dubious testimonial.

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The dubious testimonial on the pcspeeduppro.net website claims to be from a man named Keith Stevenson; However, the image of the person is a stock image of a woman that can be produced using reverse image search. The dubious user testimonial on the pcspeeduppro.net webpage says “Simple, Intuitive & did the job for me. I finally got rid of all the add-ons from chrome & firefox. It is easier to surf now. Thanks!”

The program is not free to use, therefor if you press the Start Repair button you will be directed to a shopping cart where you can subscribe to the program for a semi-annual payment on the webpage.

Another major concern with PC Speedup Pro is how it is distributed. The program typically bundles with and is promoted alongside other programs and files that are downloaded from a questionable source. Downloading objects online including freeware, torrents, and updates can result in potentially unwanted programs infecting the user’s system. Even if a program is well known and trustworthy, if you download it from a malicious site it can lead to a computer infection.

If the computer user has previously downloaded a suspicious program, PC Speedup Pro might have automatically downloaded in the background without permission. The user might also be tricked into accepting the download under the guise of a program update or something else. Malicious publishers sometimes hide the download behind a terms and conditions page, effectively tricking users into downloading unwanted software and files. In some scenarios a program you might want to install may be advertised as an extension to improve the user’s browsing experience in order to encourage a direct download or a necessary update for your media player, browser, or computer system. Regardless of how the system was infected, removal remains relatively unchanged.

1. Remove PC Speedup Pro with Malwarebytes

1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software.

2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

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3. Once the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.

4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.

2. Perform a second-opinion scan with HitmanPro

1. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright.

2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.

3. Once the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.

5. Click the Reboot button.

3. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and Install CCleaner by Piriform.

2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.

4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.


How to stay protected against future infections

The key to staying protected against future infections is to follow common online guidelines and take advantage of reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware security software with real-time protection.

Real-time security software

Security software like Malwarebytes and Norton Security have real-time features that can block malicious files before they spread across your computer. These programs bundled together can establish a wall between your computer and cyber criminals.

Common Online Guidelines
  • Backup your computer and personal files to an external drive or online backup service
  • Create a restore point on your computer in case you need to restore your computer to a date before infection
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs you are not familiar with
  • Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs from websites you are not familiar with – some websites use their own download manager to bundle additional programs with the initial download
  • If you plan to download and install freeware, open source software, or shareware make sure to be alert when you install the object and read all the instructions presented by the download manager
  • Avoid torrents and P2P clients
  • Do not open email messages from senders you do not know

Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.