The Universal PC Mechanic is a potentially unwanted program (PUP). It can bring a security risk to your computer. So, don’t ignore it! Of course, the Universal PC Mechanic is just an unwanted program, but once installed and started, it will perform a scan of your PC and detect a lot of questionable problems. The Universal PC Mechanic will offer to purchase its full version to try to fix these problems.
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As evident, the potentially unwanted program is quite dangerous. So, we advise you remove it from your system ASAP. Follow the instructions presented below to get rid of Universal PC Mechanic potentially unwanted program from the Windows 10 and other versions of Microsoft Windows OS.
How to remove Universal PC Mechanic
There are several steps to removing the Universal PC Mechanic PUP and other unwanted software, because it installs itself so deeply into MS Windows. You need to uninstall all suspicious and unknown applications. Finally, you need to reset your web-browser settings to get rid of any changes the potentially unwanted program has made, and then scan your computer with Zemana Free, MalwareBytes AntiMalware or Hitman Pro to ensure the PUP is fully removed. It will take a while.
To remove Universal PC Mechanic, complete the following steps:
- Manual Universal PC Mechanic removal
- Run free malware removal utilities to completely remove Universal PC Mechanic PUP
- How to stay safe online
- How to Universal PC Mechanic potentially unwanted program get installed onto machine
- Finish words
Manual Universal PC Mechanic removal
The useful removal instructions for the Universal PC Mechanic PUP. The detailed procedure can be followed by anyone as it really does take you step-by-step. If you follow this process to get rid of Universal PC Mechanic let us know how you managed by sending us your comments please.
Remove PUP through the MS Windows Control Panel
The process of potentially unwanted program removal is generally the same across all versions of Windows OS from 10 to XP. To start with, it is necessary to check the list of installed software on your personal computer and uninstall all unused, unknown and dubious apps.
Windows 10, 8.1, 8
Click the Windows logo, and then click Search . Type ‘Control panel’and press Enter as on the image below.
After the ‘Control Panel’ opens, click the ‘Uninstall a program’ link under Programs category as on the image below.
Windows 7, Vista, XP
Open Start menu and select the ‘Control Panel’ at right as shown in the figure below.
Then go to ‘Add/Remove Programs’ or ‘Uninstall a program’ (MS Windows 7 or Vista) as displayed in the following example.
Carefully browse through the list of installed applications and remove all questionable and unknown apps. We suggest to click ‘Installed programs’ and even sorts all installed software by date. Once you have found anything dubious that may be the Universal PC Mechanic potentially unwanted program and other unwanted applications or other PUP (potentially unwanted program), then select this application and press ‘Uninstall’ in the upper part of the window. If the dubious program blocked from removal, then run Revo Uninstaller Freeware to completely delete it from your machine.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the Universal PC Mechanic PUP can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. Due to this, every time when you boot your personal computer, it will open Universal PC Mechanic pop-up scanner. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and delete all malicious tasks that have been created by ‘ad-supported’ program.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This opens a prompt that titled with Run. In the text field, type “taskschd.msc” (without the quotes) and click OK. Task Scheduler window opens. In the left-hand side, click “Task Scheduler Library”, as shown in the figure below.
In the middle part you will see a list of installed tasks. Please choose the first task, its properties will be open just below automatically. Next, click the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your PC. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it’s a component of the ‘ad-supported’ applications, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then press on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as displayed below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by the Universal PC Mechanic. Once is done, close the Task Scheduler window.
Run free malware removal utilities to completely remove Universal PC Mechanic PUP
After completing the manual removal tutorial above all unwanted software, malicious internet browser’s extensions and Universal PC Mechanic potentially unwanted program and other unwanted applications should be removed. If the problem with Universal PC Mechanic potentially unwanted program is still remained, then we suggest to scan your computer for any remaining malicious components. Use recommended free PUP removal software below.
Run Zemana Anti-malware to remove Universal PC Mechanic
You can get rid of Universal PC Mechanic automatically with a help of Zemana Anti-malware. We recommend this malware removal tool because it can easily delete hijackers, PUPs and adware with all their components such as folders, files and registry entries.
Zemana can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your MS Windows desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: February 14, 2019
After the download is finished, close all apps and windows on your machine. Double-click the install file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, click the “Yes” button.
It will open the “Setup wizard” which will help you install Zemana Anti Malware on your system. Follow the prompts and don’t make any changes to default settings.
Once install is done successfully, Zemana Free will automatically start and you can see its main screen as displayed below.
Now press the “Scan” button to look for Universal PC Mechanic and other PUPs. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the count of files on your PC and the speed of your computer. While the Zemana AntiMalware application is checking, you can see count of objects it has identified as threat.
When that process is complete, Zemana Free will show a list of detected threats. Once you’ve selected what you want to delete from your computer click “Next” button. The Zemana Anti-Malware will remove Universal PC Mechanic and other unwanted applications and add threats to the Quarantine. Once the procedure is done, you may be prompted to reboot the system.
Run Hitman Pro to remove Universal PC Mechanic from browser
Hitman Pro cleans your computer from hijackers, PUPs, unwanted toolbars, internet browser add-ons and other unwanted apps like Universal PC Mechanic . The free removal utility will help you enjoy your PC system to its fullest. HitmanPro uses advanced behavioral detection technologies to search for if there are undesired programs in your computer. You can review the scan results, and select the items you want to erase.
- HitmanPro can be downloaded from the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
Category: Security tools
Update: June 28, 2018
- Once the downloading process is finished, double click the Hitman Pro icon. Once this utility is started, press “Next” button . HitmanPro utility will start scanning the whole machine to find out Universal PC Mechanic PUP and other unwanted apps. A scan can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of files on your personal computer and the speed of your personal computer.
- When Hitman Pro has completed scanning your PC system, Hitman Pro will display you the results. All found threats will be marked. You can remove them all by simply press “Next” button. Now click the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial to remove all malicious software found.
Scan and free your personal computer of potentially unwanted program with Malwarebytes
We suggest using the Malwarebytes Free which are completely clean your personal computer of the potentially unwanted program. The free utility is an advanced malware removal program created by (c) Malwarebytes lab. This application uses the world’s most popular anti malware technology. It is able to help you delete the Universal PC Mechanic PUP from your system, other potentially unwanted applications, malicious software, hijackers, toolbars, ransomware and any security threats from your computer for free.
Click the link below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free for Microsoft Windows. Save it to your Desktop so that you can access the file easily.
Category: Security tools
Update: February 5, 2019
Once downloading is complete, run it and follow the prompts. Once installed, the MalwareBytes will try to update itself and when this procedure is complete, click the “Scan Now” button to perform a system scan with this tool for the Universal PC Mechanic and other PUPs. This task can take some time, so please be patient. While the MalwareBytes Free is checking, you can see number of objects it has identified either as being malware. Once you’ve selected what you want to remove from your machine click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware is a free application that you can use to get rid of all detected folders, files, services, registry entries and so on. To learn more about this malicious software removal tool, we suggest you to read and follow the step-by-step tutorial or the video guide below.
How to stay safe online
Using an ad blocker program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad-blocking apps will also protect you from malicious ads and pages, and, of course, stop redirection chain to harmful, misleading and similar web-sites.
- Visit the following page to download the latest version of AdGuard for Windows. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
- When the downloading process is complete, start the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- Once the installation is complete, press “Skip” to close the setup application and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick tutorial that will allow you get to know AdGuard better.
- In most cases, the default settings are enough and you do not need to change anything. Each time, when you launch your computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop popups, as well as other malicious or misleading web pages. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon named AdGuard, which may be found on your desktop.
How to Universal PC Mechanic potentially unwanted program get installed onto machine
The potentially unwanted program is bundled within many freeware and commercial software. This PUP can be installed in background without user consent, but usually it is introduced to a user when a downloaded program are installed. So, read term of use and user agreement very carefully before installing any software or otherwise you can end up with another PUP on your computer, like the Universal PC Mechanic.
Now your machine should be free of the Universal PC Mechanic potentially unwanted program and other unwanted software. We suggest that you keep AdGuard (to help you stop unwanted popups and unwanted malicious webpages) and Zemana (to periodically scan your machine for new malicious software, hijackers and adware). Make sure that you have all the Critical Updates recommended for Windows OS. Without regular updates you WILL NOT be protected when new hijackers, harmful apps and ‘ad supported’ software are released.
If you are still having problems while trying to get rid of Universal PC Mechanic potentially unwanted program from the Windows OS, then ask for help in our Spyware/Malware removal forum.