PCTuner has been categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP), whose main purpose is to take your money. In fact, once the program infiltrates your system, it makes its best to convince you that your PC is full of malicious threats. However, you should not trust PCTuner so easy. Otherwise, your system security might really be put in danger.
As soon as PCTuner infects your computer, it starts performing daily scans of the system, no matter if you have approved them or not. Of course, the results of these daily scans are completely fake, so you should not believe them. This is so because the results are specifically designed to cause chaos and deceive you that the only way to save your PC is to call a phone number which is displayed on your monitor. Nevertheless, having in mind the fact that the only threat on your system is namely PCTuner, you definitely should not trust this application.
Actually, PCTuner does need your permission to enter your computer. The application is so creative when it comes to deceiving you into approving its installation, that you don’t even realize it’s present on the system. In fact, the moment you notice the adware on your PC is when your web browser gets flooded with commercial advertisements which you don’t need at all.
As PCTuner cannot be downloaded from its official website, the program uses various but well-known methods of distribution. These include hiding behind spam email attachments, freeware, corrupted links or websites, and posing as a bogus update. The common feature among these methods of distribution is the fact that they depend on your distraction.
For example, when installing new software, most computer users do not read the terms and conditions provided by the setup wizard. For that reason, they approve the installation of additional programs unconsciously and let adware on their systems. In order to avoid this from happening, you must be very attentive when you setup new applications on the system and carefully choose the sources for download. Also, PCTuner can infect your PC by hiding behind spam email attachments, corrupted links and websites, or just posing as a bogus system or a program update.
Be aware that in order to increase its chances to deceive you, PCTuner spends some time monitoring your browsing activities. Once the adware records enough data about you, it starts displaying customized advertisements pursuant to your personal interests. In this way, the possibility for you to open an advert increases significantly.
Nevertheless, the main issue about PCTuner is that the application doesn’t only monitor you. If present on the system, the program is capable of stealing your personal and financial data and sharing it with third parties who can use it for malicious purposes. If you don’t want this to happen, you must delete PCTuner from your computer right away.
Run the Task Manager by right clicking on the Taskbar and choosing Start Task Manager.
Look carefully at the file names and descriptions of the running processes. If you find any suspicious one, search on Google for its name, or contact me directly to identify it. If you find a malware process, right-click on it and choose End task.
Open Control Panel by holding the Win Key and R together. Write appwiz.cpl in the field, then click OK.
Here, find any program you had no intention to install and uninstall it.
Open MS Config by holding the Win Key and R together. Type msconfig and hit Enter.
Go to the Startup tab and Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer.
Still cannot remove PCTuner from your computer? Please, leave a comment below, describing what steps you performed. I will answer promptly.