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How to Remove PC Accelerate Pro (Quick & Easy) in 2021

Sam Boyd Sam Boyd How to Remove PC Accelerate Pro (Quick & Easy) in 2021

Short on time? Here’s how to remove PC Accelerate Pro:

1. Uninstall PC Accelerate Pro — If you don’t know how to uninstall programs, read my step-by-step instructions for removing programs from Windows 7, 8, and 10 devices.

2. Scan Device — Run a “Full System Scan” with a high-quality antivirus (Norton is the best).

3. Remove Any Malware or Potentially Unwanted Programs — After the scan is complete, let the antivirus remove any malicious or potentially unwanted programs it finds.

4. Stay Protected — Protect yourself from further infections with a high-quality internet security package (again, Norton is the best).

PC Accelerate Pro is a fake optimization program that tricks users into buying a subscription, collects user information (including browsing history), and constantly shows annoying advertisements.

PC Accelerate Pro will scan your PC and notify you that it found ways to optimize your system — once you’ve purchased a subscription. But if you upgrade to a subscription and try to run these “powerful” optimizations, the program won’t actually do anything.

If you want a good and genuine optimization program, you should consider TotalAV or Avira. Avira has a free system optimizer that cleans junk files and helps your PC to start faster.

PC Accelerate Pro is often packaged with a second potentially unwanted program (PUP) called Instant Support. Instant Support will show annoying pop-ups encouraging you to call a phone number. The phone number offers assistance in resolving “issues” on your PC.

However, you should never call any phone number in pop-ups shown by Instant Support. Chances are you’ll be put through to a scammer who will try to gain remote access to your computer and install ransomware or other malicious files.

If you see PC Accelerate Pro on your system or start receiving pop-ups from Instant Support, you’ve probably been infected by malware.

If you want to keep your device secure, you should download and install a comprehensive antivirus suite like Norton. A high-quality antivirus program like Norton can scan your entire disk for malicious programs like PC Accelerate Pro and protect you from future attacks using real-time protection.

Preliminary Step: Uninstall PC Accelerate Pro & Instant Support

Preliminary Step: Uninstall PC Accelerate Pro & Instant Support

Uninstalling PC Accelerate Pro varies depending on your operating system. Click on the operating system you have to jump to the appropriate step:

Windows 10

You can safely uninstall both PC Accelerate Pro and Instant Support using Windows 10’s built-in uninstaller, found in the “Settings” menu.

Here’s how to uninstall PC Accelerate Pro and Instant Support from the “Settings” menu.

Click on the Windows key in the bottom left corner of your desktop and click on the “Settings” button (gear icon).

Preliminary Step: Uninstall PC Accelerate Pro & Instant Support

Click “Apps” and find PC Accelerate Pro on your list of installed apps. Click “Uninstall.”  A pop-up/confirmation window will appear. Click “Uninstall ” on this window and follow the uninstallation process. Repeat this process for Instant Support.

Once this is done, you’ve safely removed PC Accelerate Pro and Instant Support. However, since you accidentally installed them — there’s no way of knowing what other malware you have on your system. Next, you should run a full system scan using a comprehensive antivirus like Norton to ensure all traces of malware are removed. Here’s how.

Windows 8

On Windows 8, you have to access the “Programs and Features” menu in your Control Panel to remove PC Accelerate Pro. To do this, from your desktop, press the start key on your keyboard to bring up Windows 8’s “Live Tile” view. Without pressing anything, type “Control Panel” into your keyboard. An icon for the Control Panel should appear on the right side of your screen. Click on it, and then, in the window that appears, click “Uninstall a Program.”

Preliminary Step: Uninstall PC Accelerate Pro & Instant Support

Note: If you can’t see “Uninstall a Program,” make sure the “View by” option in the top right of the window is set to “Category.”

Preliminary Step: Uninstall PC Accelerate Pro & Instant SupportClicking “Uninstall a Program” will bring up a list of all the installed apps on your PC. Scroll down the list until you see PC Accelerate Pro, click on it, and then click “Uninstall.” The process should only take a few minutes. Repeat the same steps for Instant Support.

Once this is done,  you’ve safely removed PC Accelerate Pro and Instant Support. However, since you accidentally installed them — there’s no way of knowing what other malware you have on your system. Next, you should run a full system scan using a comprehensive antivirus like Norton to ensure all traces of malware are removed. Here’s how.

Windows 7

On Windows 7, to remove PC Accelerate Pro, you also have to access the “Programs and Features” menu in the Control Panel. To do this, click on your start menu and click on “Control Panel.”  In the window that appears, click “Uninstall a Program.”

Preliminary Step: Uninstall PC Accelerate Pro & Instant Support

Note: If you can’t see “Uninstall a Program,” make sure the “View by” option in the top right of the window is set to “Category.”
Preliminary Step: Uninstall PC Accelerate Pro & Instant Support
Clicking this will bring up a list of all the installed apps on your PC. Scroll down the list until you see PC Accelerate Pro, click on it, and then click “Uninstall.” The process should only take a few minutes. Repeat the same steps for Instant Support.

Once this is done, you’ve safely removed PC Accelerate Pro and Instant Support. However, since you accidentally installed them, there’s no way of knowing what other malware you have on your system. You should next run a full system scan using a comprehensive antivirus like Norton to ensure all traces of malware are removed from your computer.

Step 1. Run a Full System Scan With Your Antivirus

Once you’ve uninstalled both PC Accelerate Pro and Instant Support, the first step is to use your antivirus to run a full system scan. Doing this is easy, but it’s important that there are no USB devices connected to your PC at this stage. This includes portable hard drives and memory sticks. That’s because malware can replicate itself onto any of these devices with ease.

When you’re certain you have no portable devices attached, open up your antivirus and run a full system scan. Run the scan right through to completion — even if you see the infected file appear on the list. Doing this ensures you catch every instance of the malware, even if it has replicated.

The scan usually takes up to 4 hours since it has to go through your entire device. Your best bet is to schedule the scan overnight or during hours when you’re not using your computer. Eventually, when it’s finished, you’ll get a notification and a list of all infected files the virus scanner found.

Step 2. Delete Any Infected Files

Go through the list of infected files and delete any you know to be malware infections. Some of the listed files may be false positives. You can keep these if you want, but the safest option is to just remove them if you’re not sure. Antiviruses like Norton are really good at flagging files you don’t want to have on your device, so you can pretty much always rely on it.

When all infected files are removed, you need to restart your PC to end any malicious processes loaded into your computer’s memory. Once this is done, run your antivirus for a second time to make sure with 100% certainty all traces of malware are gone from your system (the second scan is usually quicker, so you don’t have to schedule it this time).

If more malware flags on the second scan, you need to remove it, restart your PC, and repeat the process. However, chances are that you are now malware-free. Either way, once the scan shows no infected files, you can move onto the next step.

The next step is securing your PC. You’ve seen just how easy it is to get a malware infection, and you know just how dangerous they can be first-hand. That’s why it’s super important you futureproof yourself, so you never have to experience a virus infection again. Here’s how.

Step 3. Keep Your Device Protected From Other Unwanted Programs

Keep Your Software, OS, and Drivers Up-To-Date

Exploit attacks are a type of attack where cybercriminals take advantage of outdated software. That’s why it’s essential you keep all of your software, drivers, and OS up-to-date. Luckily, you can download an internet security suite with a vulnerability scanner to check for and update software automatically. Bitdefender’s vulnerability scan checks for application updates and out-of-date OS software, and it also automatically updates them.

Another good way of ensuring your OS is always up-to-date is to turn on the auto-update feature available in your system settings. Other software also has the ability to look for updates when you first start it, so ensure you have these settings switched on, too.

Don’t Download Suspicious Files

Freeware and pirated downloads often come with PUPs or other malware attached to them. For this reason, you should avoid downloading them. In fact, you want to stay away from any files you don’t recognize.

Malware most commonly spreads through dangerous emails or untrustworthy sites.

If you don’t recognize the email sender or are visiting a site with a URL you don’t recognize, use some common sense, and don’t download any files. Usually, suspicious websites will contain lots of pop-ups — so look out for these red flags telling you that you’re on an unsafe website where you shouldn’t trust downloads.

Make sure to have an antivirus with real-time protection running in the background, too. Real-time protection automatically scans websites and emails, stopping you from downloading suspicious files.

Secure Your Wireless Network and IoT Devices

Never connect to an unsecured wireless network. These networks allow hackers to easily inject malware or other dangerous files into your network. Cybercriminals can even intercept emails you send and change their content if done through an open network. When connecting to a network, look out for a warning symbol, and if it appears on your own network, make sure to go into your router settings and set a strong password (you can use tools like Dashlane to help you do this).

Step 3. Keep Your Device Protected From Other Unwanted Programs

You should also use the same practice on your Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Most of these devices force you to have a password-protected account, but make sure to use a strong password. Basic passwords like “Password2” can easily be cracked by hackers using brute-force techniques. Hackers even utilize tools that attempt to brute force their way into thousands of unsecured devices at once. While hackers can’t inject viruses into IoT devices, they can easily invade your privacy and monitor your home activity.

If you’re not sure how to set a password on your devices, look in the instruction manual that came with your router or IoT device. If you can’t find any information, try typing the device’s model number into search engines and see what comes up. You can also call the associated router/IoT device’s customer support number.

As said, tools like Dashlane are a great way to generate secure passwords that are hard for hackers to break into. Dashlane can generate passwords of varying lengths that include special characters, numbers, and symbols. Dashlane also secures all passwords in a vault that uses the same security as online banking — meaning hackers will never be able to compromise your account and steal your passwords.

Download a Secure Antivirus Program

The most important step is to download a secure antivirus program. If you followed our above steps, chances are you already have an antivirus running. However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all antivirus programs are good. Many companies try to sell software that doesn’t actually have decent protections, so when picking the right antivirus for you, it’s important you do some research first. Luckily, we’ve tested the best antiviruses of 2021, so you don’t have to. Here’s our complete list of the top antivirus software. Norton is our favorite on the list — here’s what it has:

  • Firewall — Stops hackers from modifying incoming/outcoming traffic without your permission.
  • Anti-phishing protection — Safeguards against online scammers and prevents you from clicking links in dangerous emails.
  • VPN — Provides a virtual IP address, allowing you to maintain privacy online and access region-blocked content.
  • Password manager —  Allows you to generate passwords containing special characters, letters, and numbers. It then stores these passwords in an unbreakable password vault, so you never lose them.
  • Parental controls — Adds various protections to keep your kids safe online, like website blocks and screen time monitoring.
  • System clean-up/optimizer— Scans system for junk files slowing down your PC and removes them.
  • Identity theft protection (US only) — Looks for discrepancies in your credit reports and scans your email and other accounts for breaches on the dark web.

Can I trust PC Accelerate Pro?

You can’t trust PC Accelerate Pro. PC Accelerate Pro is a scam program that doesn’t do anything to optimize CPU performance — it just wants to deceive users into buying its premium version (which is useless).

If you’re looking for a trustworthy PC optimizer, I recommend Avira and TotalAV — these security programs both come with reliable and helpful PC tune-up features.

If you’ve accidentally downloaded PC Accelerate Pro, it’s important that you remove it from your system as soon as possible. Follow my simple steps to uninstall PC Accelerate Pro and make sure your device doesn’t have any other malware or potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

Is PC Accelerate Pro a virus?

PC Accelerate Pro isn’t a virus, but it is a form of malware known as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). PUPs are programs designed to scam users out of their money, steal user data, and sometimes convince users to install more dangerous malware files.

PUPs are usually installed as bundleware with free and pirated software. If you have PC Accelerate Pro installed on your computer, then chances are you have other malware installed, too (including viruses). If in doubt, you should download and install a comprehensive antivirus scanner and follow our steps to scan and secure your PC.

PUPs like PC Accelerate Pro are often gateways to more malicious infections, such as trojans, worms, rootkits, and spyware. To avoid any of these getting onto your PC, you should always have an antivirus suite running when you browse the web, and you should avoid downloading software from untrustworthy sites (in particular, websites that host pirated content).

How do I get rid of PC Accelerate Pro?

If PC Accelerate Pro has mysteriously appeared on your computer, you need to first uninstall it (click here to learn how). Luckily, you can do this easily through the Windows 10 Settings menu or through the Windows 7 and 8 Control Panel. However, PC Accelerate Pro often comes packaged with a second potentially unwanted program (PUP) called Instant Support. You should uninstall this, too.

Once uninstalled, it’s important that you run a full-disk scan using an antivirus suite such as Norton. For full details on how to uninstall PC Accelerate Pro and scan your computer using a program like Norton, simply follow our above steps.

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Sam Boyd
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Sam Boyd is an avid tech fan with a keen interest in cybersecurity products and online safety. When he isn't researching the latest online threats, he enjoys chilling out with some video games and getting outside, exploring new parts of the world with his family.