Maybe you have not heard of the Smart Application Controller. But when you start your computer, a Smart Application Controller pop-up is shown. And these unwanted popups can appear again and again, even you close them. It’s a sign that a potentially unwanted program (PUP) get installed on your PC. The Smart Application Controller can change computer setting in order to launch automatically when the PC system launch. You will be annoyed about it. The worst is, the Smart Application Controller PUP can gather lots of user info to get profit.
The Smart Application Controller PUP and other unwanted applications, can attack Windows 10 and other modern versions of Microsoft OS. Maybe you approve the idea that the Smart Application Controller is just a small problem. But this unwanted application eat machine resources. The worst is, it can be used to collect your confidential data. In the future, your user info can be used for marketing purposes.
The Smart Application Controller PUP and other unwanted apps, can be categorized as PUP (potentially unwanted program) that usually comes on the system with other free programs. In many cases, this unwanted application comes without the user’s knowledge. Therefore, many users aren’t even aware that their machine has been affected by PUP. Please follow the easy rules in order to protect your computer from any unwanted programs: don’t install any suspicious software, read the user agreement and choose only the Custom, Manual or Advanced install mode, don’t rush to click the Next button. Also, always try to find a review of the program on the World Wide Web. Be careful and attentive!
If Smart Application Controller has already come into your computer, then you need to check your computer for PUPs and other malicious software. Use our detailed few simple steps which are listed above.
How to remove Smart Application Controller (Uninstall guide)
Without a doubt, potentially unwanted programs are harmful to your computer. So you need to quickly and completely remove the Smart Application Controller and other unwanted programs. To get rid of this potentially unwanted program, you can use the manual removal guidance that are given below or free malicious software removal tool like Zemana Free, MalwareBytes Free or HitmanPro (all are free). We recommend you use automatic removal solution that will help you to remove Smart Application Controller PUP easily and safely. Manual removal is best used only if you are well versed in system or in the case where PUP is not removed automatically. Some of the steps below will require you to shut down this web-site. So, please read the few simple steps carefully, after that bookmark or print it for later reference.
To remove Smart Application Controller, follow the steps below:
- How to manually remove Smart Application Controller
- How to automatically delete Smart Application Controller potentially unwanted program
- How to stay safe online
- To sum up
How to manually remove Smart Application Controller
To delete Smart Application Controller, ‘ad supported’ software and other unwanted software you can try to do so manually. Unfortunately some of the potentially unwanted program won’t show up in your application list, but some PUP may. In this case, you may be able to remove it via the uninstall function of your MS Windows computer. You can do this by following the steps below.
Delete questionable programs using Microsoft Windows Control Panel
First of all, check the list of installed apps on your PC and remove all unknown and recently installed programs. If you see an unknown application with incorrect spelling or varying capital letters, it have most likely been installed by malicious software and you should clean it off first with malicious software removal utility such as Zemana Anti-malware.
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Next, click “Uninstall a program”
It will show a list of all apps installed on your PC. Scroll through the all list, and uninstall Smart Application Controller, any questionable and unknown programs. To quickly find the latest installed programs, we recommend sort applications by date in the Control panel.
Remove unwanted Scheduled Tasks
Once installed, the Smart Application Controller can add a task in to the Windows Task Scheduler Library. So, you need to check the Task Scheduler Library and remove all harmful tasks which have been created by PUPs.
Press Windows and R keys on the keyboard simultaneously. This shows a prompt that titled as 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 on the screen 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, press the Actions tab. Pay attention to that it launches on your computer. Found something suspicious, then remove this malicious task. If you are not sure that executes the task, check it through a search engine. If it is a component of the ‘ad-supported’ software, then this task also should be removed.
Having defined the task that you want to remove, then click on it with the right mouse button and select Delete as shown in the figure below.
Repeat this step, if you have found a few tasks which have been created by the Smart Application Controller. Once is finished, close the Task Scheduler window.
How to automatically delete Smart Application Controller potentially unwanted program
If you are unsure how to remove Smart Application Controller potentially unwanted program easily, consider using automatic potentially unwanted program removal software that listed below. It will identify the Smart Application Controller and other PUPs and remove it from your machine for free.
Remove Smart Application Controller potentially unwanted program with Zemana Anti-malware
You can download and use the Zemana Anti Malware for free. This antimalware tool will scan all the registry keys and files in your PC system along with the system settings and web-browser extensions. If it finds any malicious software, adware or harmful add-on that is responsible for redirects to Smart Application Controller then the Zemana Free will delete them from your PC system completely.
Download Zemana Free by clicking on the link below.
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Once downloading is finished, close all windows on your PC. Further, open the set up file called Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as on the image below, press the “Yes” button.
It will display the “Setup wizard” which will allow you install Zemana Anti-Malware (ZAM) on the machine. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, Zemana will automatically start and you can see its main window as shown on the image below.
Next, click the “Scan” button . Zemana Free utility will start scanning the whole computer to find out Smart Application Controller and other PUPs. A system scan can take anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your computer. While the Zemana Free program is scanning, you can see how many objects it has identified as threat.
After finished, Zemana Free will show a list of all items found by the scan. Review the results once the utility has finished the system scan. If you think an entry should not be quarantined, then uncheck it. Otherwise, simply click “Next” button.
The Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will remove Smart Application Controller and other PUPs and move items to the program’s quarantine. Once finished, you can be prompted to reboot your personal computer.
Scan your system and remove Smart Application Controller with HitmanPro
Hitman Pro is a free removal tool. It removes PUPs, adware, browser hijacker infections and unwanted web-browser extensions. It will scan for and remove Smart Application Controller and other PUPs. HitmanPro uses very small computer resources and is a portable application. Moreover, HitmanPro does add another layer of malware protection.
Download HitmanPro on your MS Windows Desktop from the link below.
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Download and run HitmanPro on your PC system. Once started, press “Next” button to perform a system scan with this utility for the Smart Application Controller PUPs and other unwanted apps. Depending on your PC system, the scan may take anywhere from a few minutes to close to an hour. While the Hitman Pro utility is checking, you can see how many objects it has identified as being affected by malicious software..
After Hitman Pro has finished scanning your personal computer, Hitman Pro will show a scan report.
In order to remove all threats, simply press Next button.
It will open a prompt, press the “Activate free license” button to start the free 30 days trial to delete all malicious software found.
How to automatically delete Smart Application Controller with Malwarebytes
We recommend using the Malwarebytes Free. You can download and install Malwarebytes to scan for adware and thereby delete Smart Application Controller potentially unwanted program from Windows OS. When installed and updated, the free malicious software remover will automatically scan and detect all threats exist on the system.
Please go to the link below to download the latest version of MalwareBytes Free for MS Windows. Save it on your Desktop.
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When the download is complete, close all windows on your machine. Further, launch the file named mb3-setup. If the “User Account Control” prompt pops up as shown below, click the “Yes” button.
It will show the “Setup wizard” which will assist you install MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) on the personal computer. Follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
Once installation is complete successfully, press Finish button. Then MalwareBytes Free will automatically launch and you can see its main window as shown below.
Next, click the “Scan Now” button . MalwareBytes Anti-Malware program will scan through the whole computer for the Smart Application Controller and other PUPs.
Once MalwareBytes Free completes the scan, MalwareBytes will open a scan report. Make sure all items have ‘checkmark’ and click “Quarantine Selected” button.
The MalwareBytes AntiMalware (MBAM) will delete Smart Application Controller and other unwanted apps. When disinfection is finished, you can be prompted to restart your PC. We recommend you look at the following video, which completely explains the procedure of using the MalwareBytes Free to get rid of browser hijackers, adware and other malware.
How to stay safe online
Using an ad-blocker program such as AdGuard is an effective way to alleviate the risks. Additionally, ad-blocking software will also protect you from harmful advertisements and websites, and, of course, block redirection chain to misleading, malicious and similar websites.
- Download AdGuard by clicking on the following link. Save it on your Microsoft Windows desktop or in any other place.
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- After the downloading process is complete, run the downloaded file. You will see the “Setup Wizard” program window. Follow the prompts.
- After the install is finished, click “Skip” to close the installation program 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 don’t need to change anything. Each time, when you run your personal computer, AdGuard will run automatically and stop pop up annoying advertisements, web-browser redirects, as well as other malicious or misleading sites. For an overview of all the features of the application, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the icon called AdGuard, which may be found on your desktop.
To sum up
Once you have finished the steps shown above, your PC should be clean from Smart Application Controller and other PUPs. Unfortunately, if the guide does not help you, then you have caught a new potentially unwanted program, and then the best way – ask for help.
Please start a new thread by using the “New Topic” button in the Spyware Removal forum. When posting your HJT log, try to give us some details about your problems, so we can try to help you more accurately. Wait for one of our trained “Security Team” or Site Administrator to provide you with knowledgeable assistance tailored to your problem with the Smart Application Controller .