How to remove PCActivator

What is PCActivator

PCActivator is a fake system optimization program. It does not have a fully functional engine to increase the speed of your PC. Instead, it uses intentional false positives to make people think their computers have severe issues. When they try to fix these reported troubles, PCActivator mentions that its full version needs to be purchased in order to get these issues resolved. PCActivator is additionally spread through many deceptive channels, primarily through bundling. It may be integrated into installers of other free applications. However, the installer usually fails to clearly mention that there are many additional programs in it. People sometimes skip reading important details mentioned during the setup process, or the information may be presented in a small print. Clicking on the “Install†button automatically injects PCActivator. Based on this reason and considering the failure of PCActivator to fix real computer problems, it is correctly identified as a PUP (potentially unwanted program).

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Can PCActivator be useful

PCActivator claims to speed up Internet browser ActiveX/COM plugins, boost startup and program loading times, improve overall performance and optimization, prevent malware and hackers from stealing your information and free up valuable wasted disk space. However, to use most of these features PCActivator requires that you first register to obtain its full version (licensed copy). The problem is not in the fact that the registration is required. PCActivator users misleading and absolutely unfair infiltration methods. What is even worse is that instead of identifying essential errors or bugs within the system, PCActivator presents invented problems that are not real. There are various false positive detections that the program reports on many computers simultaneously.

Slowing down the system performance instead of improving it; Causing high CPU usage due to several associated processes consuming a lot of system memory; Distracting your attention by many repeated pop-ups containing scary information to force you into purchasing the so-called full version of PCActivator.

PCActivator distribution channels

PCActivator uses the methods applied by other PUPs for its unauthorized installation into the system. We already mentioned that it is integrated with freeware installers. So, you may find some good application through some online download resource, furthermore, the program will be absolutely free. Unfortunately, it is a common practice with many freeware programs to be additionally interconnected with other third-party utilities that absolutely do not represent any value. PCActivator is one of them, whereas there could be a lot of other potentially unwanted or even dangerous applications that could be installed by means of bundling.

It is quite unlikely that computer owners will make their personal decision to install PCActivator through its official website. It is not difficult to find the information about this software on Google Search and come to the right conclusion that installing it is not a good idea. For this reason, the distributors of this PUP refer to many tricky methods, without clearly mentioning that PCActivator will be additionally integrated into a certain free application.

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How to avoid PCActivator intrusion

Even though the information about PCActivator contained in the bundle might be hardly mentioned by the installer, there is still a way for you to prevent its infiltration. Make sure to carefully read all the details during the setup process. Switch to the “Advanced†or “Custom†installation where you may find out what other extra utilities will be contained in the bundle. Uncheck the appropriate boxes responsible for PCActivator and other third-party software you do not want. If there is no “Advanced†installation option provided, cancel the installation of free software completely.

If you have installed PCActivator by mistake, there is still a way to get rid of it, including the manual removal solution. Simply access the Control Panel, find the list of available programs and uninstall PCActivator immediately. Even though this should fix the problem, we recommend that you perform an additional checkup of your computer with Anti-Malware Tool or Anti-Malware Tool to identify leaks in the security of your computer, remove other malicious components and protect your PC in the future from similar problems.

Stage 1: Delete Browser Extension

First of all, we would recommend that you check your browser extensions and remove any that are linked to PCActivator. A lot of adware and other unwanted programs use browser extensions in order to hijacker internet applications.

Remove PCActivator Extension from Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address bar, type: chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.
  3. Look for PCActivator or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Uninstall PCActivator Extension from Firefox

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type: about:addons and press Enter.
  3. From the menu on the left, choose Extensions.
  4. Look for PCActivator or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.

Delete PCActivator Extension from Safari

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Select Preferences from the list.
  4. Choose the Extensions tab.
  5. Look for PCActivator or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Uninstall’.
  6. Additionally, open Safari Settings again and choose Downloads.
  7. If PCActivator.safariextz appears on the list, select it and press ‘Clear’.

Remove PCActivator Add-ons from Internet Explorer

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the menu at the top, select Tools and then press Manage add-ons.
  3. Look for PCActivator or anything related to it, and once you find it, press ‘Remove’.
  4. Reopen Internet Explorer.In the unlikely scenario that PCActivator is still on your browser, follow the additional instructions below.
  5. Press Windows Key + R, type appwiz.cpl and press Enter
  6. The Program and Features window will open where you should be able to find the PCActivator program.
  7. Select PCActivator or any other recently installed unwanted entry and press ‘Uninstall/Change’.

Alternative method to clear the browser from PCActivator

There may be cases when adware or PUPs cannot be removed by simply deleting extensions or codes. In those situations, it is necessary to reset the browser to default configuration. In you notice that even after getting rid of weird extensions the infection is still present, follow the below instructions.

Use Chrome Clean Up Tool to Delete PCActivator

  1. Launch Google Chrome.
  2. In the address box, type: chrome://settings/ and press Enter.
  3. Expand Advanced settings, which you can find by scrolling down.
  4. Scroll down until you see Reset and Cleanup.
  5. Press on Clean up computer. Then press Find.

This Google Chrome feature is supposed to clear the computer of any harmful software. If it does not detect PCActivator, go back to the Clean up computer and reset settings.

Reset Mozilla Firefox to Default

If you still find PCActivator in your Mozilla Firefox browser, you should be able to get rid of it by restoring your Firefox settings to default. While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

  1. Launch Mozilla Firefox
  2. Into the address box, type: about:support and press Enter.
  3. You will be redirected to a Troubleshooting Information page.
  4. From the menu on the right side, select Refresh Firefox.
  5. Confirm your choice by clicking Refresh Firefox in the new window.
  6. Your browser will close automatically in order to successfully restore the settings.
  7. Press Finish.

Reset Safari Browser to Normal Settings

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  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Press on the Safari Settings icon, which you can find in the upper-right corner.
  3. Press Reset Safari.
  4. A new window will appear. Select the boxes of what you want to reset or use the screenshot below to guide you. Once you have selected everything, press ‘Reset’.
  5. Restart Safari.

Restore Internet Explorer to Default Settings

  1. Launch Internet Explorer.
  2. From the top menu, press on Tools and then Internet Options.
  3. In the new window that opens, choose the Advanced tab.
  4. At the bottom of the window, below Reset Internet settings, there will be a ‘Reset’ button. Press that.

While extensions and plug-ins will be deleted, this will not touch your browser history, bookmarks, saved passwords or Internet cookies.

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