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Should I remove PC;Booster?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
84% remove it16% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Bad
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Reach 0.0001%

Versions

VersionDistribution
4.3.0.1461 50.00%
2.1.0.1584 50.00%

PC;Booster

What is PC;Booster?

PC Booster is an adware web browser application that displays banner ads as well as contextual link ads that are injected in the web page. The ads are injected by the web browser plugin (IE, FF and Chrome) and will display on any web site, even those not associated or affiliated with the publisher. On web pages there may be up to 10 intext ads and/or 4 banner ad and/or a transitional ad. The application is usually bundled by 3rd-party download managers that utilize deceptive advertising techniques in order to install the software. In addition to ads, the program will also modify the browser settings which could include lowering the normal security settings of the browser as well as changing the home page and search provider (known as web browser hijacking). The extension will also report back to the controlling server analytics which may include the behavior of the user on the Internet and reports back URLs and domains visited as well as what advertisements are displayed and clicked on. This adware is mostly bundled with 3rd party download managers that include a number of additional offers, all potentially unwanted programs.

Overview

The most common release is 4.3.0.1461, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up (this is typically done to avoid any UAC prompts). The primary executable is named PC;Booster.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package is about 1.04 MB (1,088,102 bytes) when donwloaded.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Displays unwanted advertisements
  • Hijacks the web browser's home page
  • Hijacks the browser's default search provider
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • Most users and experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in PC;Booster.
PC;Booster.exe (9dfbb035592ea044a4b29977a3f272ff) has been flagged by the following 20 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 959 Trojan.GenericKD.1720404
AhnLab-V3 2014.06.21 Trojan/Win32.HDC
Avira AntiVir 7.11.155.214 TR/Crypt.ZPACK.82722
Antiy-AVL 1.0.0.1 Trojan/Win32.TGeneric
AVG 2015.0.3437 Generic5
Baidu-International 4.0.3.14620 Adware.Win32.MultiPlug.81
Bitdefender 1.0.20.855 Trojan.GenericKD.1720404
Emsisoft Anti-Malware 8.14.06.20.04 Trojan.GenericKD.1720404
ESET-NOD32 8.9974 a variant of Win32/AdWare.MultiPlug.Y
Fortinet FortiGate 6/20/2014 Riskware/MultiPlug
F-Secure 11.2014-20-06_6 Trojan.GenericKD.1720404
G Data 14.6.24 Trojan.GenericKD.1720404
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.1.6.1.0 Trojan.SuspectCRC
McAfee 5600.7093 Artemis!9DFBB035592E
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7093 Heuristic.BehavesLike.Win32.Suspicious.P
MicroWorld-eScan 15.0.0.513 Trojan.GenericKD.1720404
nProtect 14.06.20.01 Trojan.GenericKD.1720404
Symantec 6/20/2014 rev. 6 Trojan.Gen
Tencent 1.0.0.1 Win32.Trojan.Crypt.Hzdr
VIPRE Antivirus 30484 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
       View all 20 all detections
PC;Booster has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.
Find out how to remove PC;Booster.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\trusted publisher\pc;booster
Uninstaller: "C:\ProgramData\trusted publisher\pc;booster\pc;booster.exe" /uninstall
Estimated size: 1.04 MB

Program filesFiles installed by PC;Booster

Program executable:PC;Booster.exe (Malware detected)
Path:C:\ProgramData\trusted publisher\pc;booster\PC;Booster.exe
MD5:9dfbb035592ea044a4b29977a3f272ff
  • (Malware detected) PC;Booster.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • PC;Booster.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named SW-Booster-S-2670295116.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

PC;Booster.exe
Memory:1.71 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0027027259%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00015298%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00254974%
0.015104% average

How do I remove PC;Booster?

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Or, you can uninstall PC;Booster from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program PC;Booster, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove PC;Booster.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.
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OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win 8 50%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 84%
Keep it 16%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 50.00%
Windows 8 50.00%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 50.00%
Windows 8.1 50.00%

Distribution by countryGeography

71.43% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 71.43%
  Canada 28.57%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Lenovo 50.00%
Dell 50.00%

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