PCBooster rogue system optimizer might appear as an efficient tool to get for your Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP operating systems. Nevertheless, it is one of those programs which will trigger more security issues than solve. It belongs to the category of potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) and you might remember this group from articles about MacShiny and Identity Protector. These tools, although seemingly legitimate and reliable, show false positives and attempt to trick users into believing that purchasing a premium version is a solid option.
PCBooster rogue optimizer will not improve your PC performance
Its process of Booster.exe has been noticed to be more malicious than previously indicated. Security researchers are defining it as a process which will secretly mine cryptocurrencies, presumably Monero (Stealthy mining). If you were to open the Task Manager and find this .exe file, it is estimated to consume about 25% of your CPU resources. Therefore, many security scanners determine PCBooster as a Trojan: Troj/Deceptor-R, Trojan ( 0050b1a41 ), TR/Decep.PCBooster.EL.3 or Downloader.Agent.Win32.282011 (VirusTotal scan).
PCBooster deceptive program first caught security researchers’ eyes when users began reporting redirection to its official website and a pop-up that urged to download this tool. Security researchers determined that the Booster.exe is related to the XMRig Miner Trojan which confirms that the process mines Monero cryptocurrency. Now, PCBooster Ads is no longer the main issue.
PCBooster is a deceptive program which will be able to modify auto-execute functionality by setting/creating a value in the registry. Also, it can terminate other processes using taskkill (Hybrid analysis). During the installation processes, it will try to convince you to install other potentially unwanted programs like Driver Booster and Knight System Protector.
Controllers of PC Booster potentially unwanted program might be hoping to obtain remote control over devices they arrive in. This assumption derives from the fact that the program reads terminal service related keys which are frequently related with remote desktop protocol (RDP) (Remote Desktop (RDP) Hacking 101: I can see your desktop from here!). Also, the program will be alloqed to send DNS requests to two websites: Booster.av-updates.net and Updates.pcbooster.
As soon you enter the domain, a tech support chat will appear, asking that maybe you need specialists to remotely access your device and fix issues. The customer support stated that representatives of PCBooster can indeed fix issues remotely and continued to ask which Windows version we are using. Since the PCBooster is not the most reliable, we do not think that this is an appropriate requirement to be made (Warning: This fake tech support scam will give criminals access to your computer).
It will extract processes that are considered to be malicious. For instance, PCBoosterCMenu.dll, RunApps.exe, UpdatesDll.dll and many others. Do not clutter your operating with redundant weight. It will only function slower and make you think that you should purchase the full version of PCBooster rogue program for approximately 30 dollars. We encourage you to spend this money on for better purposes, like buying a reliable anti-malware tool. One of the possible programs is Spyhunter. If you are not sure, download the free version and run a scan. It will show you whether your system needs attention.
It should be no secret that system optimizers are known to cause more problems than solve. In fact, systems usually do not need a separate tool to handle drivers or eliminate outdated files. The majority of these applications are potentially unwanted ones, while examples like PCBooster virus turn out to have more tricks upon their sleeves. We are sure you have no intention of helping unknown third-parties mine cryptocurrencies with CPU resources of your operating system. Therefore, we suggest immediate removal of this tool.
How can people avoid potentially unwanted programs?
One of the best options is to always have a reliable anti-malware tool to protect you from any inconveniences that might occur. In the paragraphs above, we have suggested a respectable program to choose. In addition to this, we hope that you will always choose advanced/custom modes for installation and refuse propositions for additional software apps. PCBooster, for instance, is attempting to transmit two other applications that are unnecessary.
How to remove PCBooster virus using Windows Control PanelMany hijackers and adware like PCBooster virus install some of their components as regular Windows programs as well as additional software. This part of malware can be uninstalled from the Control Panel. To access it, do the following.
- Start→Control Panel (older Windows) or press Windows Key→Search and enter Control Panel and then press Enter (Windows 8, Windows 10).
- Choose Uninstall Program (if you don't see it, click in the upper right next to "View by" and select Category).
- Go through the list of programs and select entries related to PCBooster virus . You can click on "Name" or "Installed On" to reorder your programs and make PCBooster virus easier to find.
- Click the Uninstall button. If you're asked if you really want to remove the program, click Yes.
- In many cases anti-malware programs are better at detecting related parasites, thus I recommend installing Spyhunter to identify other programs that might be a part of this infection.
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