Do you know what Smart Registry Care is?
Smart Registry Care is a questionable application that can show up on your computer even when you do not knowingly install it. In all fairness, we need to mention that you can also install this program officially; although, what you cannot do is purchase the full version as that option does not seem to be working currently. This is, of course, rather suspicious and does not help us believe that we are dealing with a trustworthy product of professional software developers. As a matter of fact, our researchers say that this is a potentially unwanted program, or PUP, that has no real benefit to you and is very similar to other supposed optimizers and system cleaners, including BoostMyPC, Pc Health Aid, and Super System Optimizer. This PUP may show you false scan results just to make you want to buy the fully functioning version. Although you may be able to fix some useless errors for free, we still believe that it is best to remove Smart Registry Care from your computer.
You can find the promotional website at smartregistrycare.com/en. This site looks totally authentic and professional, which could be quite convincing and misleading for inexperienced computer users. Most people would likely go for the free version, which is indeed a 7-day trial only. However, it is worth mentioning that if you have an anti-malware program installed to protect your PC, once you download the installer of this PUP, it will be flagged right away as potential threat. But let us say, this is not enough for you to delete Smart Registry Care from your computer. So let us go on with our findings.
It all gets worse if you happen to install this PUP via free software bundles. In this case you may be targeting another free program but the source where you download it from may not be reliable; thus, the installer may install a whole bundle of PUPs and malware threats. You need to be extra cautious every time you are about to install a software bundle. It is essential that you become aware of the full content in order not to have any unnecessary surprises later on. An installer may or may not reveal its real content in the installation wizard.
This is why it is important that you read the license agreement and read every panel of the wizard carefully not to miss out any checkbox or notification. Since most users rush to install such packages, no wonder that they may allow a number of PUPs and malicious program to come on board. If you want to avoid downloading such bundles, you need to keep away from shady file-sharing websites (shareware and torrent pages) as well as online gambling, gaming, and porn-related pages. It is also important that you do not engage with any third-party content, such as pop-up and banner ads, fake buttons, fake notifications, and so on. If you have downloaded free programs recently, we suggest that you delete Smart Registry Care and check your system with a proper malware scanner to find all possibly harmful programs.
There are a few issues with this PUP that lead us to believe that you should not keep it on your system. First of all, when you order this product online, you need to provide the following data: full name, e-mail address, telephone number, full shipment-to address, and demographic details. These are sensitive data that you may not want to reveal to creators of an unreliable and useless product that you cannot even buy online even though it is offered at an insane $99 per year. You should know that similar useless PC optimizers are usually priced around $30 and even that is a lot when it comes to wasting money on software that will not actually boost your PC. Just like its peers in this category, this application also tries to shock you with the number of system-related errors and issues it lists to you as system scan results. Normally, of course, those who fall for such a trick would quickly click to buy the full product since they see and believe that they could not deal with hundreds of system issues single-handedly and they would pay that $30 or so. But in this case even that is not an option, which is yet another reason for you to want to remove Smart Registry Care from your system as soon as possible.
We should also add that the scan results only list temporary files, which do not serve you any purpose by being on board, registry entries that have become corrupt or unused, browser cache data, and, of course, made-up errors as well. Believe it or not, even if you clean all these from your system, you will not boost anything and you will not even feel that anything really happened. To be quite frank, even Microsoft does not acknowledge such registry cleaner tools. So why bother and lose money when you could spend it on something way more important; for instance, a reliable anti-malware program that could automatically defend your PC from any potential danger and malware infections as well?
Since this PUP leaves some mess behind if you use its uninstaller via Control Panel, we have prepared manual instructions for you below. If you follow these steps, you can eliminate this threat in a few minutes. Keep in mind that this removal includes modifications in the registry database, which might be dangerous to do if you are not aware of the potential risks of making mistakes. Therefore, only use our guide at your own risk no matter how straightforward it may seem. If you feel you lack the necessary skills or drive to do it manually, we advise you to employ a trustworthy malware removal application, such as SpyHunter.
Remove Smart Registry Care from Windows
- Press Win+E to launch your File Explorer.
- Delete “%PROGRAMFILES%\GNR\src” and “%PROGRAMFILES(x86)%\GNR\src” folders.
- Find and delete the installer executable file that is usually called "SmartRegCareSetup.exe"
- Empty the Recycle Bin.
- Press Win+Q and type regedit. Hit the Enter key.
- Delete these registry keys:
- Exit your editor.
- Reboot your system.
In non-techie terms:
Smart Registry Care is probably the least useful program you can have on your computer right now. This potentially unwanted program claims to be the “best tool” to clear your Windows registry entries and to boost your system performance. However, our researchers found that this application may display useless or forged scan results to push you to buy the full version, which is, by the way, unavailable for purchase somehow. You cannot even buy it when you click on the “Purchase Now” button, which does not function at all. We have arrived at the conclusion that you should remove Smart Registry Care if you want to keep your system safe. You may not be the manual type; therefore, we suggest that you install a professional security tool to protect your PC from all existing malware infections and potential threats like this.