Smart PC Care PUP is a potentially unwanted program that states it scans Windows for Malware/Pup Threats, ways to Enhance System Performance, System/User Software Related issues, and Startup/Uninstall and User Items. When Smart PC Care scans a computer it will list a variety of detected issues, but state that you need to first purchase a license before you can fix them. My concern is that many of the issues that it detects are not what I feel would cause a problem on a computer.
As previously stated, my biggest problem with Smart PC Care is that many of issues that are detected won’t cause a performance issue on the computer. For example, in one of the sceenshots above you can see that Smart PC Care detects registry entries as medium severity that belong to Google. These entries, though, will not cause a problem on the computer.
The problem with registry cleaners is that there is no research that indicates that cleaning the registry provides any performance gain. Furthermore, Microsoft themselves have posted an article that states that registry cleaners could cause “serious issues” when modifying the registry and that they do not support the use of these types of tools.
Last, but not least, as security programs detect Smart PC Care as unwanted program or other classification. This is just another reason that would lead me to avoid this program.
How was Smart PC Care installed on my Computer?
Smart PC Care can be downloaded directly from their web site, promoted via advertisements on the web, or bundled with and installed by free programs that did not adequately disclose that other software would be installed along with it. Therefore, it is important that you pay close attention to license agreements and installation screens when installing anything off of the Internet. If an installation screen offers you Custom or Advanced installation options, it is a good idea to select these as they will typically disclose what other 3rd party software will also be installed. Furthermore, If the license agreement or installation screens state that they are going to install a toolbar or other unwanted adware, it is advised that you immediately cancel the install and not use the free software.
While Smart PC Care may be a program that can fix some issues, since it detects some items that I feel are harmless and then prompts you to pay to remove them, I would not be comfortable recommending the use of this program. If you feel that this is not a program you wish on your computer, you can use the removal guide below to remove it for free.
Your computer should now be free of the Smart PC Care PUP program. If your current security solution allowed this program on your computer, you may want to consider purchasing the full-featured version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future.
If you are still having problems with your computer after completing these instructions, then please follow the steps outlined in the topic linked below: