How to Uninstall PCKeeper Antivirus on Windows 10, 8

Which is most scariest anecdote: so-called MyPCBackup, "Tinki browser [Browser]" or Kcromtech’s PCKeeper Antivirus? Frequently, votes or questions like this are nonsense, IMO. Meanwhile, it’s quite clear to us which is the almost perfect candidate, when it comes to antivirus industry. Please allow me to briefly explain previous question via quotations on the web:

(btreloar, a Norton user, complained that he was) getting large popup ads in Firefox for PC Keeper. Removal instructions I’ve [he had] found online don’t [didn’t] work [were misleading as explained below]; they [spammers] have [taught] me [the user to] remove it [PCK Antivirus] as a Firefox extension (it’s [was] not listed there [of course]) or uninstall it from Control Panel (It’s [was] not there either).

(This it the exact reason why you chose to uninstall PCKeeper Antivirus, as well?)

MacKeeper [the Mac version of PCKeeper]…  I (Chuck Jones, CONTRIBUTOR from Forbes) believe the underlying anti-virus engine is from Kaspersky…. If it can gain traction it could be disruptive to some of the major Internet security companies such as Symantec…

(This is for security experts or technophiles.)

Well, the aforementioned editor may need to rethink about his comment or, update his post. Below’s what we found out: PCKeeper has switched Kaspersky Anti-Virus engine and chosen to underly Avira, another security company operating in Germany. In case you are also interested in vulnerabilities of antivirus program and/or bundleware please forward.

How to Uninstall PCKeeper Antivirus from Your Own Windows?

The below instructions will let you know how to uninstall ALL of the risky software. To be successful, you had better have the below 3 tips in your heart: rid of PCKeeper Antivirus (by Essentware) from your programs list, erase the havoc’s component Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable (build version, x64 9.0.30729.4148) and remains (later) that would cause massive slowdown issue to your computer.

Part 1: To uninstall PCKeeper Antivirus on Windows 10/8.1/8, you may follow the steps listed below:

Tip: For quick access, consider placing Windows’ Control Panel on your desktop now.

1. Right click on your display, choose Personalize at the bottom of the menu.

2. Move your mouse to the following "Find a setting" section, just type icon in it, then choose Show or hide common icons on the desktop when SEARCH RESULTS come up.

For Windows 8 users, click on the Change desktop icons instead.

3. Check the box next to the said Control Panel, then press the OK button directly.

4. You may restart your computer when you are ready. Remember, you may need an account with an administrator rights to get the work done. Follow the on-screen info and re-get into your Windows.

6. After accessing your desktop, you first check out the Show hidden icons in the taskbar. Locate the following icon – the one I’m referring to has an orange shield image. Right click on it, launch the embedded Exit option later.

7. Now, right click on your taskbar, choose Task Manager on the menu. Look closely at the Processes tab, terminate the running PCKAntivirus Worker Service, which has been known as a huge resource (RAM) hog, to avoid stripping down your system.

8. Suppose you have that squared away, head to Control Panel, then Uninstall a program.

9. Hit the Name portion under the Organize tab. Obviously, the highlighted PCKeeper Antivirus is the main target of this troubleshooting guide. Locate that questionable security solution from Essentware, press Enter, or launch the default Uninstall option. Do that as you please.

10. Wait a while until your system finishes configuring your undesired PCKeeper Antivirus software.

11. Next… you may have to specify one reason that can be used to explain your determination from the below original Uninstall PCKeeper Antivirus wizard.

12. Now you should be ready to perform the traditional programs uninstall routine with Control Panel. To do so, just press the silvery Uninstall button on the aforesaid wizard.

13. Refresh your own program settings. Complete the uninstallation by rebooting your system manually. Remember to re-enable Windows Defender if you’re not running other security app on your computer.

14. When you re-enter your desktop, re-navigate to Control Panel, Uninstall a program, try deleting the said Visual product using Windows-native application management.

15. This paragraph mainly provides experienced users extra info regarding Windows File Protection (WFP) and Registry Editor re-configurations in the following lists – Please note though, use ’em at your own risk. Because improper modifications may break the dependencies for other program you installed.

  • Make those hidden and/or protected files appear temporarily;
  • Try detecting then cleaning out most associated leftovers even startup-level program as shown below;
  • Restart when ready;
  • Open Registry Editor; export registry settings; and remove additional entries associated carefully.

Part 2: Uninstall PCKeeper Antivirus on Windows 7/ XP

One of the Windows’ most-used features, Control Panel, was coded to help manage the installed preinstalled and/or 3rd-party programs on your computer. That applet comes in handy whether you are new to your own operating system or would just rather use some other advanced options.

If, for any reason, you just cannot get the job done by yourself, or when you too bump into trouble with some possibly stubborn PUPs which you can’t fix, one of the most dramatic fightback is to get rid of ’em using an uninstall tool PRO, once and for all!

Below’s how to manually uninstall PCKeeper Antivirus for your own Windows-based system – please note that, the screenshots may be different depending on the exact OS you’re running:

1. Open up Start -> hit Control Panel -> press "Uninstall a program", or "Add/Remove Programs".

2. The following lists summarize the tasks you complete to perform default uninstall routine:

  • Quitting the app & killing its background service.
  • Locating the target app in the programs list.
  • Following the on-screen prompts so you can complete the default de-installation.
  • Restarting your OS manually.
  • Making the best of the built-in object-detection feature that allows you to search specific items by hand. Worse, unfortunately, this step won’t detect everything.
  • Modifying the file system and/or registry settings with caution.

Proactively Protecting Your PC: Other things to consider

In this portion, we’ll be discussing additional actionable tips you can take & share today to secure your system against attackers in the Internet.

1. Downloads & Efficience & Security

1) Will Reimage Repair (aka, reimage PC Repair Online) be able to help you out? Let’s check it out:

  • reinstall PCKAntivirus (sha256, 4fe447daba5dc6ff60a8e64280688c8e5969d22b163dd44e8894db450f97e2ed; Detection ratio: 5 / 55)
  • install the said Reimage Repair (sha256, e941689966213b42ed626de6f8b1ca56347f1e948370cacd51c8d1122a2e96d9; Detection ratio: 3 / 55)
  • Perform the default analysis
  • Get the following "PC Security Analysis":

Reimage preliminary scan found 1 malicious files…. All instances of these threats will be removed… These viruses… as long as these files remain…

1. c:\program files\essentware\common\accountService.exe — PUA.Pckeeper a.k.a Malware.Undefined!8.c-9pe9HcizEit (Cloud) a.k.a Riskware.Pckeeper.Gen!c

Fake reviews were also detected:

takes the sting out of PC Repair – Washington Post

help users with endless number of problems that pop up during everyday use of Windows

Pay a visit to to read the duplicated "Media Buzz":

Then, how about using this so-called Perfect Uninstaller (e210e0f0f40b8a6d159b0197321be1f2970c0decc2196f81202887aa0483986b; Detection ratio: 8 / 55)?

Learn more?

Select PCKeeper Antivirus in the list of currently installed programs of your computer…

Highlight “PCKeeper Antivirus” in the “Display Name” list and click “Uninstall” to proceed.

Remove PCKeeper from computer, Chrome, firefox, IE, opera, safari

Plumbytes just told us that "PC is malware free", even when the database was up-to-date. Then, why do we even activate the full version to uninstall PCKeeper Antivirus, or bother downloading this Anti-Malware software?

Then another question is, how many software should/can you try before your effort becomes pointless?

Please think about that, so you won’t run into another round of problems: software conflicts, system slowdown "myths", and the like.

2. Has bundleware affected your digital world?

Our research reveals that bloatware and/or riskware has never been alone. Plus, the below images just reveal who’s taken advantage of the custom installer. Then, are you ready to profit from ’em? Find out how you stack up against endless foistware even malware on the web:

Kcromtech & its offer, Amazon Browser Bar,

PCKeeper & MyPCBackup


Slow down your mouse now! Don’t let a single piece of junkware damage your computer even your personal life.

Certainly helpful for those with trouble getting rid of unwanted software, and can also be useful if you want to give a further boost to your system. This is yet another aim for this post.

Last but not least, you may find out how effective this peemoteenfidelity net is: this is another continuing problem of social engineering attack!

Thank you for reading & sharing.

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