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Win Speedup 2018 Fake Optimizer — How to Remove It Fully

This blog post has been made to explain what is Win Speedup 2018 and how to remove it permanently from your computer system.

Win Speedup 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.

Threat Summary

Name Win Speedup 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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Win Speedup 2018– How Did I Get It

The Win Speedup 2018 applications is distributed using several different methods. The reported campaign seems to focus on a main site that is customized using a popular design template. It is a copy of other similar software and attempts to coerce the users into downloading and installing it.

The site reveals that there is a difference between the free and premium versions of the Win Speedup 2018 utility. Using various marketing tricks the target users are shown the difference between the two editions using a comparison table. The site attempts to influence the victims even before the app is started into buying the paid version.

Other distribution tactics include the use of phishing emails that use social engineering tactics in order to manipulate the victims to install the software. Usually this is done by using the text and graphics from the sites and incorporating them into warnings or notifications that imitate the operating system. The messages themselves can contain file attachments or hyperlinks that lead to the respective payloads. There are two primary methods used by the hackers:

  • Software Installers — The criminals can embed the Win Speedup 2018 software into popular applications thereby creating bundles. Examples include system utilities, creativity suites or even computer games.
  • Documents — Various files such as rich text documents, spreadsheets and presentations can host the Win Speedup 2018 installer scripts. When they are opened by the users a notification prompt is opened which asks them to enable the built-in scripts (macros). If this is done the Win Speedup 2018 application will be installed.

Through the use of web scripts such as pop-ups, banners and ads the threat can be delivered to legitimate and well-known sites as well through affiliate networks.

In certain cases the operators can take advantage of browser hijackers as the delivery method of choice. They are malware plugins made for the most popular web browsers. Their primary goal is to redirect the users to a hacker-controlled site by changing the default settings. After this is done they can proceed with the app delivery.

Win Speedup 2018 – Activity

Once the application has been installed and executed on the target machine it starts to imitate well-known legitimate software. This is done by showing a system scan in progress. According to the advertisement the ongoing actions scan the infected computers issues of various types.

The analysis itself however reveals that the utility is primarily made up of graphical frontends to the built-in Windows features and does not constitute a serious solution. It also bears a great resemblance to other similar products. This leads us to believe that this may be a clone of other potentially unwanted software.

By itself the Win Speedup 2018 program may not be considered a virus threat alone however in many cases its installer can be bundled with malware that cn lead to dangerous virus infections. Furthermore once installed and running it has the capability to take over sensitive information stored on the computers.

The built-in engine abides to the privacy policy which harvests data that can be categorized into two main categories:

  • Personal Information — It can be used to directly expose the identity of the victim users. This is done by programming the malware engine into capturing strings related to the person’s name, address, telephone number, interests, location, passwords and account credentials.
  • Anonymous Metrics — They are used for statistical and campaign optimization purposes. Usually the data contains operating system values and hardware information.

Details from the privacy policy shows that the company behind the software is Pcvark Software Pvt. Ltd.. They are well known for creating other similar applications. The collected information according to the developers consists of two types:

  • 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 Win Speedup 2018 instances trigger sponsored content and ads to other software made by the company.

Warning: The reported telephone number on the website was used by a technical support scam according to the security research.

How to Remove Win Speedup 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 Win Speedup 2018 manually, you can also try to do so automatically. Be advised that security experts strongly recommend to remove Win Speedup 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.

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How to Remove Win Speedup 2018 from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Win Speedup 2018

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall Win Speedup 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. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Win Speedup 2018 on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Win Speedup 2018 there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for Win Speedup 2018 with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

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3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

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4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

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If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of Win Speedup 2018 from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall Win Speedup 2018 and remove related files and objects

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1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to Win Speedup 2018:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to Win Speedup 2018. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to Win Speedup 2018. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • 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 Win Speedup 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:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as Win Speedup 2018. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove Win Speedup 2018 files from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as Win Speedup 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.


Click the button below below to download SpyHunter for Mac and scan for Win Speedup 2018:


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Remove Win Speedup 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.


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Erase Win Speedup 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.



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Uninstall Win Speedup 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.



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Remove Win Speedup 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".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

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Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

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A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Win Speedup 2018 will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate Win Speedup 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.


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