How to remove System Keeper (Virus Removal Guide)
What is System Keeper?
System Keeper by Monterix Software LLC is detected as a rogue program (scareware) that that utilizes very deceptive marketing tactics in order to trick users into downloading and installing it. The program is promoted as a “10-in-1 ultimate tool which automatically fixes common system errors, optimizes settings and cleans your PC.”
Once installed, the System Keeper program will begin to scan your computer for viruses, malware, PUPs, junk and temp files, cache files, error reports, CPU tweaks, video system tweaks, network tweaks, and more.
The scan will then state that numerous threats, issues, and junk files were detected. A “Fix All Threats” button will also be displayed. If you click the button the program will state that your computer’s overall status is CRITICAL and will tell you to register the program for a cost.
The scan performed by System Keeper is known to be deceptive. It might list threats that do not exist or that are not threats. It might also detect important files or files that are not issues or junk. This is done in order to persuade you to purchase the program. The program will not fix issues unless you register for a paid subscription.
Furthermore, the program is very difficult to remove without the use of Antvirus programs. If you manually uninstall System Keeper from Programs and Features you will still receive pop-up messages from the program. The image above shows that the program was manually uninstalled and does not appear in the Control Panel; However, a pop-up message stating that the system status is CRITICAL still appeared.
An additional concern with the rogue program is that it is typically advertised on websites that display malicious advertisements and host malware. If you found System Keeper malware on your computer it is likely that your computer was introduced to other threats that should be eradicated before they cause other issues and put your privacy at risk.
System Keeper distribution
System Keeper is uses very dishonest and deceptive marketing tactics from the get-go. The program will employ various websites and advertisement that automatically claim your computer is infected with viruses and to install System Keeper to fix them. The sites might also pretend to scan your computer for threats and issues.
The picture above shows a fake Microsoft website that says “Windows is heavily damaged” and to “Please download and install antivirus software to remove (3) Viruses from your computer.” Underneath the alleged threats there is a download button to download and install System Keeper. In reality, there are no threats and the program will not detect the threats shown on the website. This is just an unethical marketing tactic designed to scare you into downloading and using the program.
If you download and attempt to install System Keeper the program setup application will attempt to persuade you to download additional threats including malware, adware, and potentially unwanted programs.
In addition, the program can be advertised across various websites. It is usually advertised on websites that contain prohibited content such as video streaming websites and pornography websites. These websites will also advertise malware and other threats. The advertisements that promote this extension may also promote other threats if clicked.
The program is often bolstered by third-party download managers for freeware programs. The download managers may offer this threat as a custom install and give the user a chance to accept or decline the offer to install this PUP and others. If the user does not opt out the program will install in the background. The way that the custom installation is presented may also be inadequate and designed to trick the user into installing programs they did not mean to install. It’s advised to be alert when installing free programs from the internet and keep an eye out for custom installation presentations to avoid any confusion and security risks.
How to remove System Keeper (Removal Guide)
The System Keeper removal steps on this page to remove the System Keeper malware from your computer. The steps will help you remove other malicious threats that can install alongside the rogue System Keeper program such as malware, viruses, adware, and spyware.
- STEP 1: Remove System Keeper with Malwarebytes and HitmanPro
- STEP 2: Manually repair your browser settings
- STEP 3: Manually uninstall System Keeper
- TIPS: Stay protected against future infections
STEP 1: Remove System Keeper with Malwarebytes and HitmanPro
The best way to remove System Keeper and other threats from your computer is to scan your computer for malware using Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and HitmanPro softawre. 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.
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 you will be shown a list of detected threats such as PUP.Optional.SystemKeeper. 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.
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 System Keeper 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.
STEP 2: Manually repair your browser settings
If your browser settings have been changed use these instructions to manually repair your settings.
- How to change your Google Chrome homepage
- How to change your Google Chrome search engine
- How to remove extensions from Chrome
- How to change your Mozilla Firefox homepage
- How to change your Mozilla Firefox search engine
- How to remove add-ons from Firefox
- How to change your Microsoft Internet Explorer homepage
- How to change your Microsoft Internet Explorer search engine
- How to remove add-ons from Internet Explorer
STEP 3: Manually uninstall System Keeper
If you are infected with adware and other unwanted programs you might be able to manually uninstall programs from your computer. Use these instructions to uninstall unwanted programs that may have installed on your machine. If you do not find a program installed on your machine make sure to scan your computer for malware using the instructions above. Please be aware that manually uninstalling System Keeper will not completely remove it.
TIPS: 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.
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