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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application

Advanced PC Tuneup

Advanced PC Tuneup is a strange potentially unwanted program that our malware researchers compare to ProPCClean, Optimizer Pro, and other unreliable PUPs that we have reviewed in the past. Some users might install this program from its official website, advancedpctuneup.com, but it is likely that most users will acquire it via third-party installers. In fact, our malware researchers warn that the promotion of this PUP is extremely aggressive, and you can find it packaged with all kinds of programs, even malicious software. Furthermore, advertising-supported programs (adware) could be employed to introduce unsuspecting users to pop-ups promoting this useless system optimizer. Unfortunately, most users of this potentially unwanted program will find it running along with other threats that deserve removal. Learn more about that and the removal of Advanced PC Tuneup in this report.

According to our malware analysts, the suspicious Advanced PC Tuneup is likely to be represented by unfamiliar software installers. The sample we have tested offered the PUP along with Internet Quick Access (another PUP), and the search.realcoolmovie.com browser hijacker. In the worst case scenario, malicious threats will be installed along with the bogus system optimizer silently. Are you sure that this has not happened already? If you are not so sure, it is advisable that you perform a full system scan. Obviously, you can expect it to warn you about the PUP, but you should be more concerned about the threats that you know nothing about. Do not ignore tracking cookies if they are identified as threats as well because some cookies are known for spying on computer users and leaking sensitive, personal information to malicious parties. If you are lucky, no other threats will be found, and you will be able to focus on the suspicious PUP, and do not make the mistake of underestimating this useless program.

If you trust the information on the page representing Advanced PC Tuneup, you might start believing that this program offers irreplaceable services. This program allegedly can clean the registry, remove Windows Registry errors, and optimize the system for a better performance. According to our research, while this PUP can find some problems, it is unable to fix critical errors, which is why it is not considered to be very useful. It certainly is not worth the money that it asks. At the moment, Advanced PC Tuneup is offered at a discount (from $99 discounted to $39.95), but it is most likely that this discount is simply used to make you think that you need to purchase the tool right away. Although you can install the PUP for free, it will not do anything until you pay for its license. Obviously, that is how many legitimate programs are promoted, but this one is useless and unworthy of your money, which is why we advise deleting it instead of investing in it.

In case you have invested in Advanced PC Tuneup already, you should not hesitate to ask for a refund; however, you have to be careful about how you communicate with the creator of this PUP. If you initiate communication via the helpline number, (855) 761-8856, you have to be ready to face marketers who might push you into spending more money on other useless services. Also, you might be charged for the call! Hopefully, you have not yet invested in this potentially unwanted program, and you can delete it and forget about it. The good news is that the removal of this PUP is very easy and straightforward.

See the guide below? It might look intimidating at first, but, in reality, the steps should be easy to follow. These are the steps you need to take if you want to delete Advanced PC Tuneup manually. Obviously, this is not your only option. In fact, it is much better to install anti-malware software to take care of existing threats, especially if many of them are found. Also, anti-malware software is best at keeping your operating system malware-free, and that must be taken into consideration as well. If you need help deciding which removal method suits your situation best, or you need assistance with the guide below, please use the comments section to start a discussion.

Advanced PC Tuneup Removal

  1. Launch RUN by simultaneously tapping Win+R keys.
  2. Enter regedit.exe into the dialog box and click OK to launch Registry Editor.
  3. Move HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\ and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\.
  4. Right-click and Delete these keys: Advanced PC Tuneup_is1 and Advanced PC Tuneup.
  5. Launch Explorer by simultaneously tapping Win+E keys.
  6. Enter %PROGRAMFILES% (or %PROGRAMFILES(x86)%) into the bar at the top.
  7. Right-click and Delete the folder named c4afe7a3-2470-4e67-8816-9f51d7687058.
  8. Enter %WINDIR%\System32\Tasks into the bar at the top.
  9. Right-click and Delete these tasks: Advanced PC Tuneup_DEFAULT and Advanced PC Tuneup_UPDATES.
  10. Enter %WINDIR%\Tasks into the bar at the top.
  11. Right-click and Delete these tasks: Advanced PC Tuneup_DEFAULT.job and Advanced PC Tuneup_UPDATES.job.
  12. Move to the Desktop and Delete the shortcut called Advanced PC Tuneup.lnk.
  13. Perform a full system scan to look for leftovers.
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