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DriverUpdate Unwanted Program – How to Remove It from Windows

This article has been created in order to help you by showing you what is DriverUpdate unwanted program and how you can remove it from your computer effectively.

DriverUpdate seems to be a useful tool that claims it can help you find the latest updates for your drivers and download and install them automatically. But in reality, this software does more than that. It is believed to be one of those rogue programs that nog only asks you to purchase it’s full version, but also it may download more utilities and other tools plus it may fill up your PC with various advertisements and undesired scans with detections. If you have DriverUpdate and want to remove it from your computer, we suggest that you read this article thoroughly.

Image Source: PCMag

Threat Summary

Name DriverUpdate
Type Rogue Software / PUP
Short Description Displays automated scans for drivers and pretends that your drivers are outdated so that you can buy it’s full version.
Symptoms Your computer may start to experience slowdowns in performance and you may begin to see different ads on your web browsers.
Distribution Method Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.
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DriverUpdate – How Did I Get It

Similar to other suspicious programs of it’s type, Driver Update may be slithered onto your computer as a result of being bundled to the installer of a third-party app. Some websites who offer free software often change the setups of those programs as a form of aggressively pushing apps, like Driver Update on victim computers. The setups may include an installation step to add Driver Update as a free extra to your current installation but often these steps tend to be well-hidden within the “Advanced” or “Custom” installation options. The installation step may appear like the image underneath shows:

DriverUpdate – More Information

As soon as the DriverUpdate software is installed on your PC, the program may run an automated scan and display results, stating that your drivers are outdated:

Image Source: PCMag

According to reputable sources, the DriverUpdate program is not a virus and is definitely not dangerous for your computer. The software is capable of detecting outdated drivers and even color codes them in order to show you which drivers are essential for installation. The bad news here is that DriverUpdate wants you to pay to update the drivers automatically. And while PCMag(https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2390852,00.asp) and other reputable sources claim this program is useful, some users have detected misleading practices in it’s activity:

Thomas Westfall • 6 months ago
I got involved with Slimware Utilities update almost exclusively because it was reviewed well by PC Mag. It was a bad experience. You pay for the product and they load it with the warnings that they may have to access a lot of information. However, once you are loading a tech begins to tell you that you once they locate issues they may have to have a “tech” work on the problem, which means you are buying a program that will locate issues so that you can pay more to solve the issues. I was just looking for driver updates on Windows 7. When it became clear that this was not what it purported to be, I told the tech I was not going further and was not going to provide the kind of personal information they were asking and wanted to stop the sale. Well, I got a nice note saying sorry we will miss you, but they charged my Paypal account anyhow. So I paid $30 to have a short conversation with someone who wanted to sell me more products. We all know when to stop and back away from something and I did, but nevertheless I have nothing and was charged for full amount for a 12 month subscription which they collect immediately even though you are charged by the month. Since they were telling me good bye, sorry you are leaving in the half hour once would think that 12 months did not expire. If you advertise a product, by the month, then collect the whole year’s amount and keep it when the customer cancels it while it is in progress of loading. Slimware has some issues with being honest with the people who tries to use them. I am disappointed and disappointed that they have the endorsement of PC mag.

From what we see here from one unsatisfied user is that instead of helping him update his drivers, the program asked him to pay $30 to contact a tech support team that advertised more products from the same publisher – Slimware Utilities.

Another user was extremely frustrated that a pop-up on his compter asking to download a driver update, because his Windows drivers are outdated appeared on his browser. Technically it is impossible for a browser pop-up to advertise this software and this is why the user has written the following comment:

Ever met an SP? • a year ago
I found this review after seeing this software advertised via a pop-up that said, complete with generated alert box that required my action to cancel it, “Warning, driver update required! Click here to download.” Now I know my way around a computer, so I could immediately tell that this advert was a lie. It’s technically impossible for a web advert to tell whether my computer actually does have any out-of-date drivers on it, so by asserting that it knew my computer did, the ad was lying.

But I found this review and read that this is nevertheless apparently a legitimate piece of software. That’s all well and good, but if the software really is legitimate and useful, why can’t it convince its potential customers to buy it without lying to them?

More importantly for our current purposes, though, why is this website handing out recommendations to pieces of software that are advertised by means of lies, without even mentioning that in the review? I’m sorry to say that this severely undermines the credibility of this website.

In addition to this, users have also reported multiple different types of advertisements that were related to this program, such as:

  • Pop-ups.
  • Browser redirects.
  • Online search results that were ad-supported.
  • Changed home pages and new tab pages.
  • Taken over banner spaces on the websites you visit.

So the bottom line is that it is not strongly recommended to use DriverUpdate, partially because the program comes standard with a lot of hidden “features” that may make your computer more sluggish than updated and more to it than that, it is always recommended to update your drivers manually, mainly because these types of programs may sometimes install drivers that may make your PC more unstable than before. And not only this, but DriverUpdate is also the type of software that displays third-party ads to websites which you cannot possible know if they are risky for you or legitimate. This is the main reason why it is strongly recommended to remove this potentially unwanted program from your computer.

Remove DriverUpdate Completely

If you feel convinced that you should remove the DriverUpdate program from your system, it is strongly reccomended to follow the removal instructions underneath this article. If the manual removal instructions do not work for the DriverUpdate PUP, we would suggest that you remove this rogue sofware automtaically. According to security experts, the best way of doing that is by using a powerful anti-malware software, that is capable of removing those PUPs and rogue programs, like DriverUpdate.

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How to Remove DriverUpdate from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove DriverUpdate

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We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

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1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall DriverUpdate and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by DriverUpdate on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by DriverUpdate there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for DriverUpdate with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of DriverUpdate from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall DriverUpdate and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to DriverUpdate:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to DriverUpdate. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to DriverUpdate. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove DriverUpdate via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as DriverUpdate. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove DriverUpdate from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase DriverUpdate from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall DriverUpdate from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove DriverUpdate from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the DriverUpdate will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate DriverUpdate from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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