|Short Description||It may look like a regular system optimizing tool and act as one but prompts users to pay for full version to remove errors.|
|Symptoms||May detect non-existent errors on the PC or exaggerate with detection.|
|Distribution Method||Bundling or download link via ads.|
|Detection tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By PC Booster|
A new system clean-up program called PC Booster, promoted to be useful to the user and even to extend a PC’s life has been advertised online and has fooled several users into installing it. After research the program exhibited different number of detected errors each time a scan was run. Virus researchers strongly advise to be very careful since the program may slip by unnoticed on their PCs. Instead of fixing system errors, the software is believed to do exactly the opposite – it may create erroneous registries and also may detect non-existent ones in order to get users to purchase the full version of the application.
PC Booster – How Did I Install It?
One way you may have gotten this program is if you clicked on an online advertisement redirecting you to their download page. Usually such ads come in the form of pop-ups or site banners such as this one:
Another way such application slip by in user PCs is called bundling. Bundling is a marketing strategy applied by most sites, providing a lot of freeware programs in one place. It is particularly effective mainly because of the design of the bundled install page. It is usually either in small letters or concealed in the ‘Advanced’ or ‘Custom’ installation option of a program.
PC Booster – What Does It Do?
PC Booster is not a harmful app to your computer. In fact it may be useful since it may discover several existing errors in your PC. However, when we cleaned the computer with a reputable system cleaner tool, and we scanned again with both programs running simultaneously, the program returned around 300 errors with a total filesize times higher than the reputable scanning software.
What is more, PC Booster allowed us to fix only 15 errors for free. Despite running slow and taking long time to scan, the app wants users to purchase its full version, which by the way has a paid bundled program in it that can be opted out. It is called DiskDoctor and it is also believed to be a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) and a fake optimization tool.
What is more about the software, it may also display intrusive pop-ups while running on system start-up and randomly during PC usage by the user. The software also provides users with a tech support number – (800) 396 3811.
Users are highly advised by security researchers not to purchase the licensed version of the software since a payment may be the only difference between it and other free applications in terms of results.
Removing PC Booster Fully from Your PC
In order to remove PC Booster manually from your computer, refer to the removal tutorial, illustrated below. However, there may be leftover files by this unwanted program on your computer. This is why it is also recommended to scan it via a particular anti-malware program and it will assist you with any other intrusions that may be situated on your PC as well.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall PC Booster in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 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 get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall PC Booster.
Step 2: Remove PC Booster automatically by downloading an advanced anti-malware program.
To clean your computer you should download an updated anti-malware program on a safe PC and then install it on the affected computer in offline mode. After that you should boot into safe mode and scan your computer to remove all PC Booster associated objects.
- Guide 1: How to Remove PC Booster from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of PC Booster from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove PC Booster from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase PC Booster from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall PC Booster from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove PC Booster from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate PC Booster from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove PC Booster from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove PC Booster
Step 2: Uninstall PC Booster 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 PC Booster 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 PC Booster there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of PC Booster from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall PC Booster 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 PC Booster 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 malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove PC Booster 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 PC Booster 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 PC Booster 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 PC Booster 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 PC Booster will be removed.
Eliminate PC Booster 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.