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Manual Removal Guide for PU.AdvancedPCCare

March 15th, 2017
The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "PU.AdvancedPCCare" manually.
Use this guide at your own risk; software should usually be better suited to remove malware, since it is able to look deeper.

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Threat Details:

Categories:

  • pups

Description:

PU.AdvancedPCCare is a program that tries to improve the system speed. After it detects possible stability problems it only fixes them if the user buys a license.
A license costs 19.99 EUR (February 2017).

Links (be careful!):

: ttp://advancedpccare.net

Removal Instructions:

Autorun:

Please use Spybot-S&D, RunAlyzer or msconfig.exe to remove the following autorun entries.

  • Entries named "Advanced PC-Care_Logon" and pointing to "?<$PROGRAMFILES>\Advanced PC-Care\apc.exe? startuplaunch".

Files:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these files.

  • The file at "<$APPDATA>\efo\efo.exe".
  • The file at "<$COMMONAPPDATA>\App-verifier\AppVerifier.exe".
  • The file at "<$COMMONDESKTOP>\Advanced PC-Care.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Advanced PC-Care\Advanced PC-Care.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Advanced PC-Care\Buy Advanced PC-Care.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Advanced PC-Care\apc.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Advanced PC-Care\unins000.exe".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If PU.AdvancedPCCare uses rootkit technologies, use the rootkit scanner integrated into Spybot-S&D 2.x or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify files!

Important: There are more files that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D to remove them.

Folders:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these folders.

  • The directory at "<$APPDATA>\Advancedpccare.net".
  • The directory at "<$APPDATA>\efo".
  • The directory at "<$COMMONAPPDATA>\advancedpccare.net".
  • The directory at "<$COMMONAPPDATA>\App-verifier".
  • The directory at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Advanced PC-Care".
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Advanced PC-Care".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If PU.AdvancedPCCare uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify folders!

Registry:

You can use regedit.exe (included in Windows) to locate and delete these registry entries.

  • Delete the registry key "advancedpccare.net" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\".
  • Delete the registry key "advancedpccare.net" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\".
  • Delete the registry key "AppVerifier" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\".
  • Delete the registry key "AppVerifier" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\".
  • Delete the registry key "AppVerifier" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Eventlog\Application\".
  • Delete the registry key "AppVerifier" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\".
  • Delete the registry key "AppVerifier" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet002\Services\Eventlog\Application\".
  • Delete the registry key "AppVerifier" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\".
  • Delete the registry key "AppVerifier" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Services\Eventlog\Application\".
  • Delete the registry key "B7A64AC7-B828-4D74-98B2-097AFA836948_is1" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\".
  • Delete the registry key "pcv-var" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\".

If PU.AdvancedPCCare uses rootkit technologies, use our RegAlyzer, RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.

Final Words:

If neither Spybot-S&D nor self help did resolve the issue or you would prefer one on one help,

  1. Please read these instructions before requesting assistance,
  2. Then start your own thread in the Malware Removal Forum where a volunteer analyst will advise you as soon as available.