Auto PC Booster 2018 is a potentially unwanted software that is being advertised as an useful and legitimate tool. It attempts to coerce the users into paying for a full license for the application. At the same time it hijacks sensitive personal information.
|Name||Auto PC Booster 2018|
|Type||Potentially Unwanted Program / Fake Registry Cleaning App|
|Short Description||May pretend to clean up your registry errors and speed up your computer, but in fact it’s goal may just be to get you to pay a lot for it’s full version.|
|Symptoms||Slow performance of your computer plus different types of advertisements to begin appearing.|
|Distribution Method||Via bundled installers, fake setups or via other PUP that has already been installed on your PC.|
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Auto PC Booster 2018– How Did I Get It
The Auto PC Booster 2018 can be downloaded from a specialist site set up by its developers. The reported distribution campaign shows that at the moment the majority of computer users report to have obtained it from there. A popular tactic that is enforced with many similar threats is the creation of mirror domains that all similar names or attempt to impersonate the addresses of well-known download portals.
The main site is designed using a template engine. It is made to look like legitimate protection software and may confuse certain beginner users. However a closer look at the site will reveal spelling mistakes that are an essential warning sign of computer scams.
The other distribution method relies on the use of payload delivery. There are two popular instances that have become popular in the last two years:
- Bundle Installers — The Auto PC Booster 2018 can be integrated into various software installers of popular software that are frequently used by the majority of computer users. Usually the targeted applications are creativity suites, system utilities or computer games. The distributed payload is installed alongside them. Usually they are made by taking the orinal setup files from the official vendors and modifying them with the additional code.
- Document Scripts — The Auto PC Booster 2018 can be delivered using scripts embedded in documents of different types: presentations, rich text documents and spreadsheets. Once they are opened a notification prompt appears that asks the users to enable the built-in scripts (macros). If this is done the application is installed automatically.
It can also be delivered using browser hijackers — they are dangerous web browser plugins that are usually made in order to redirect the users to a malware page. They are made compatible with the most popular applications (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer) and the malware delivery happens after the initial infection.
The other main method relies on the use of spam email messages that contain references to the Auto PC Booster 2018. Usually the operators use different social engineering techniques. They may use the legitimate text and graphics taken from legitimate web services and download portals and use them in the messages. The Auto PC Booster 2018 instances can be attached directly to the messages or linked in the body contents.
Auto PC Booster 2018 – Activity
The Auto PC Booster 2018 is a potentially unwanted application that by itself is not considered a virus or malware. However many security reports and consider it a harmful threat that should be removed.
It markets itself as a legitimate and useful cleaner that can get rid of system issues (related to the Windows registry and system startup), as well as malware and adware. The application is being advertised in two versions — a trial free (trial) version and a premium (paid) option. The users are coerced into launching the limited freeware version and scan their computers for signs of any issues or malware. The application then generates a list of items that is shown to the victims. An analysis of the app’s operations shows that in most cases the results may not represent the best possible results.
It is possible that the Auto PC Booster 2018 is a rebranded version of another software, specifically the one called “AutoClean Pro 2018”. Both of them are made by the same company “PCVARK Software Pvt. Ltd.” which is registered in India. It is well-known in the security community for rebranding various system optimization tools with questionable performance. An analysis of its components and ways of operations shows that it combines the functions of native Windows applications such as the following: MSCONFIG, Task Scheduler, Registry Editor, Disk Cleaner and etc. It appears that the Auto PC Booster 2018 is merely a graphical user interface. The developers of the software have configured it in such a way to produce warning signs that the users need to purchase the paid version.
- Passive Information — Information that your computer and your browser send automatically while you are browsing our website.
- Active Information — We collect email addresses when you subscribe to our newsletters & updates.
The automated data harvesting component as such can create a complete profile of the users by using both cookies and other web technologies. The operators can target anonymous metrics that are useful for analysis of their application installation — hardware components, operating system values and regional settings. The other type is categorized as personal information and it consists of data that can directly expose the victims identity. The engine is programmed into harvesting the victim name, address, phone number, interests, location, passwords and account credentials.
An additional privacy issue is the fact that the application can intercept cookies from social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter if the users share content from the application itself or its associate site and affiliate services. The analysts report that many of the found Auto PC Booster 2018 instances trigger sponsored content and ads to other software made by the company.
A serious threat would be the inclusion of any additional malware code with the distributed application. This may be done by computer criminals and not the developers of the application themselves.
Some of the security signatures associated with the app are the following:
- Riskware ( dec001801 )
How to Remove Auto PC Booster 2018 from Your Computer
In order to remove this application from your computer system, it is important to follow the removal instructions below. They are divided in manual and automatic removal steps. The instructions are also created in a way that if you do not remove Auto PC Booster 2018 manually, you can also try to do so automatically. Be advised that security experts strongly recommend to remove Auto PC Booster 2018 by using an advanced scanner for unwanted software and malware in order to fully secure your PC and protect it against misleading programs and other intrusive software in the future automatically.
- Guide 1: How to Remove Auto PC Booster 2018 from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Auto PC Booster 2018 on Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Auto PC Booster 2018 in Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Auto PC Booster 2018 from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Auto PC Booster 2018 from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Auto PC Booster 2018 from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Auto PC Booster 2018 from Internet Explorer.
- Guide 8: Disable Auto PC Booster 2018 Push Notifications in Your Browsers.
How to Remove Auto PC Booster 2018 from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Auto PC Booster 2018
Step 2: Uninstall Auto PC Booster 2018 and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Auto PC Booster 2018 on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Auto PC Booster 2018 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Auto PC Booster 2018 from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Auto PC Booster 2018 and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Auto PC Booster 2018 via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove Auto PC Booster 2018 files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Auto PC Booster 2018, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Auto PC Booster 2018 from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Auto PC Booster 2018 from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Auto PC Booster 2018 from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Auto PC Booster 2018 from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Auto PC Booster 2018 will be removed.
Eliminate Auto PC Booster 2018 from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.
Remove Push Notifications caused by Auto PC Booster 2018 from Your Browsers.
Turn Off Push Notifications from Google Chrome
To disable any Push Notices from Google Chrome browser, please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to Settings in Chrome.
Step 2: In Settings, select “Advanced Settings”:
Step 3: Click “Content Settings”:
Step 4: Open “Notifications”:
Step 5: Click the three dots and choose Block, Edit or Remove options:
Remove Push Notifications on Firefox
Step 1: Go to Firefox Options.
Step 2: Go to “Settings”, type “notifications” in the search bar and click "Settings":
Step 3: Click “Remove” on any site you wish notifications gone and click “Save Changes”
Stop Push Notifications on Opera
Step 1: In Opera, press ALT+P to go to Settings
Step 2: In Setting search, type “Content” to go to Content Settings.
Step 3: Open Notifications:
Step 4: Do the same as you did with Google Chrome (explained below):
Eliminate Push Notifications on Safari
Step 1: Open Safari Preferences.
Step 2: Choose the domain from where you like push pop-ups gone and change to "Deny" from "Allow".