How to remove Smart PC Care, viruses, PUPs, and malware

What is Smart PC Care?

Smart PC Care is a deceptive potentially unwanted program (PUP) that fraudulently claims it can be used to scan Windows for malware, PUPs, and other threats for free. The program additionally states that it can scan for ways to enhance system performance, system/user software related issues, and startup/uninstall and user items. However, these claims are particularly false and misleading.

Smart PC Care

Smart PC Care is not free to use. Once Smart PC Care has scanned a machine it will list a large amount of issues it detected, but then it will state that you need to purcahse a license to active the program in order to fix the issues found by the program. In reality, the program tries to scare the target into buying the program by showing them misleading scan results.

Many of the issues detected by Smart PC Care are not things that would cause issues to a computer. For example, Smart PC Care detects registry entries as medium severity that belong to Google Chrome and Microsoft Outlook. Even though the program detects them and claims they might be harmful, they will not cause problems and are not harmful.

Furthermore, Microsoft does not support the use of registry cleaners and programs like this one. In a post published by Microsoft, they say that “serious issues can occur when you modify the registry incorrectly using these types of utilities.”

Another concern with Smart PC Care is that it is advertised on websites that also display malicious advertisements and host malware. This means that if you found Smart PC Care installed on your computer or have located an .exe file used to install the program it is highly likely that your computer has been introduced to other threats such as Advanced Speedup 2018 and Auto Speedup 2018.

How does Smart PC Care get on a computer?

In some cases, you can chose to manually and voluntarily download and install Smart PC Care from a variety of websites. The program is sometimes advertised on websites and you can choose to download and install the program through an advertisement. If you chose to download and install Smart PC Care via an advertisement it can cause the program to bunch with other unknown programs.

Smart PC Care is occasionally distributed by free downloadable content including freeware, torrent files, browser attachments, and other items. The items used to distribute the program are sometimes promoted as something they are not in order to trick you into installing it. They might also use deceptive advertising by claiming to be a necessary java update, browser update, flash player update, and more even though they are not necessary.

Sometimes you have the option to install Smart PC Care when you download and install freeware. Freeware download managers often offer Smart PC Care as a custom install and give you a chance to accept or decline to install Smart PC Care and other programs. If you do not opt out from installing the program it will begin to install in the background. The way that the custom installation is presented can also be complex and arranged to trap you into installing programs you chose not to install. It’s advised to be totally alert when installing free programs from the internet and to keep an eye out for custom installation presentations to avoid any confusion and security risks from reaching your computer.

How to remove Smart PC Care

Follow the Smart PC Care removal guide on this page to remove Smart PC Care from your computer. The steps will help you remove other malicious threats that can install alongside Smart PC Care such as malware, viruses, adware, and spyware.

Scan your computer for malware

The best way to remove Smart PC Care and other threats from your computer is to scan your computer for malware using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro software. Malwarebytes and HitmanPro will locate and eradicate this threat and other malicious files installed on your machine automatically.

1. Download and Install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software to run a scan and remove malicious files from your computer.

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2. Once installed, open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.

3. When the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Quarantine Selected button.

4. 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.

5. Download and Install HitmanPro by Surfright to perform a second-opinion scan and remove any remaining malicious trace files.

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6. Once installed, 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.

7. When the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.

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

9. Click the Reboot button.

Your computer should now be completely free of Smart PC Care and other malicious files; However, you can still use the manual repair and uninstall instructions below if your browser settings have not been repaired or if you think an unwanted program is still installed on your machine.

Stay protected against future infections

The key to staying protected against future infections is to follow 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 get onto your computer. The 2 programs bundled together can establish a wall between your computer and cyber criminals in real-time; disallowing threats and hackers from getting onto your machine.

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The guidelines listed below are a great way to help you maintain a safe environment and ensure that the files on your computer are intact.

  • 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
  • Avoid visiting fake “spyware removal” blogs and websites that promote “spyware removal software.” These are usually malicious websites designed to phish your personal information, infect your computer with a rogue program and trick you into paying for rogue “spyware removal software.”
  • 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

Sean Doyle is an experienced tech author with experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, and more. He has written for numerous online publications.