What is PCRepairKit?
PCRepairKit by Auslogics Labs Pty Ltd (also called TweakBit PCRepairKit) is recognized as adware, a potentially unwanted program (PUP), riskware, and a “hoax” by many reputable Antivirus programs. The PCRepairKit program has a very high detection ratio and most Antivirus and Antimalware programs will detect and remove it following a scan.
If the PCRepairKit program is manually downloaded and the executable file is launched, it will take the user through a rigorous installation process in which the program will attempt to persuade the user to download and install other programs. Other programs that PCRepairKit wants users to install are also considered security threats by most Antivirus programs.
Furthermore, the TweakBit PCRepairKit program will also attempt to get users to replace their homepage, new tab page, and default search engine to a website of their choice. Once the homepage, new tab page, and search engine is changed, the browser will redirect to a new websites such as search.yahoo.com when they launch their browser, open a new browser tab, or search the web using the address bar.
Once PCRepairKit is installed it will begin to scan your computer “for the most common issues affecting PC stability, performance and security. When the scan is complete it will show a summary that claims a very large amount of issues are found concerning PC performance, stability, privacy threats, and security issues. However, the program will not show you what those issues are. If you click to view the details of the results, it will only show you broad terms such as broken shortcuts, help files, missing software, and system issues.
When the program shows that a large amount of issues are found it will also show an Activate & Repair button. If you click the button your default browser will launch. The webpage will ask for your email address, name, country, and zip code. Once you supply this information and click the Activate Now button it will bring you to a shopping cart. The shopping cart claims that the program is $29.95 USD for each term. It does not detail the time limit of the subscription. There is no way to identify how long a “term” is in the shopping cart.
The shopping cart will also attempt to trick you into purchasing another program. At the bottom of the cart, a radio box will be clicked that says “Include PCBooster (for an additional 19.95 USD).” The total price of both programs it not reflected in the price column so it can be confusing for users.
As you can see, the program uses a lot of tricks to try to get users to purchase a subscription that will automatically renew at unknown times. It tries to trick users into also purchasing a subscription to other programs. It uses scare mongering tactics to trick users into activating it. And, it also utilizes deceptive marketing tactics via the way they advertise their program online.
One of the biggest concerns with the TweakBit PCRepairKit program is that it is typically advertised by questionable advertising networks and on websites that also promote malware, adware, spyware, and other malicious threats. This means that if you found the PCRepairKit program installed without your consent it is likely that your computer is infected with other malicious programs.
This program is not trustworthy and I recommend to remove it immediately.
How was PCRepairKit installed?
The PCRepairKit PUP is acknowledged to use aggressive and unethical advertisements on various websites that are not allowed to show Google AdSense advertisements due to their prohibited content. Websites that contain streaming videos, torrents, pornography, and live streams often utilize malicious advertising networks in order to generate revenue.
The program also has the possibility to be installed by a third-party downloader or software bundler without user consent or knowledge. If you recently downloaded and installed freeware or free content online the program may have been installed in the background by a third-party program.
PCRepairKit removal steps
The TweakBit PCRepairKit removal steps on this page explain how to remove PCRepairKit, viruses, malware, and other threats from your computer.
1. Uninstall the program
- Open Windows Start Menu by right clicking the bottom left of the task bar. *In Windows 7 and before, go to the Control Panel > Uninstall a Program.
- Select Programs and Features.
- Find PCRepairKit in the list of installed programs, select it with your mouse, and click the Uninstall button to begin the removal process.
2. Remove malware with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Open your browser window and download Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free.
- Open the executable file (mb3-setup.exe or other) to begin installing Malwarebytes.
- Select your language, click Next, then select “I accept the agreement,” click the Next button several times, and then click the Install button to install Malwarebytes. Click Finish once the install process is complete.
- Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button on the Dashboard to begin scanning your computer.
- Click the Quarantine Selected button once the scan is finished.
- If Malwarebytes says “All selected items have been removed successfully. A log file has been saved to the logs folder. Your computer needs to be restarted to complete the removal process. Would you like to restart now?” click the Yes button to restart your computer.
3. Check your computer for malicious trace files with HitmanPro
- Open your browser window and download HitmanPro.
- Open the executable file (hitmanpro_x64.exe or hitmanpro_x32.exe) to begin installing HitmanPro.
- Click the Next button, check “I accept the terms of the license agreement,” and click the Next button again.
- On the Setup page select “Yes, create a copy of HitmanPro so I can regularly scan this computer (recommended)” and add your email address to the registration fields to begin the free trial.
- Click Next to begin scanning your computer.
- Once the Scan results are displayed click the Next button and click the Next button again on the Removal results page.
4. Clean up and fix system issues with CCleaner
- Open your browser window and download CCleaner Professional or CCleaner Free.
- Open the executable file (ccsetup.exe or other) to begin installing CCleaner.
- Click the Install button to begin stalling the program.
- Click Run CCleaner to open the program when installation is complete.
- Select the Cleaner tab and click the Analyze button.
- When the Analyze process is complete click the Run Cleaner button to clean all files.
- Next, select the Registry tab and click the Scan for Issues button to scan for issues in your registry.
- When the scan is complete click the Fix selected Issues button and Fix All Selected Issues button to fix the issues.
- Next, select the Tools tab and click Startup. Examine each area, search for suspicious entries, and delete any suspicious startup entries by selecting the entry and clicking the Delete button.
- Next, click Browser Plugins and search each internet browser for unwanted browser add-ons and extensions. Click the extension you want to delete and click the Delete button to remove it.