What Is DriverUpdate?
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 not only asks you to purchase its full version, but also downloads more utilities which may fill up your PC with various advertisements. The program may also trigger 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
|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|Short Description||Displays automated scans for drivers and pretends that your drivers are outdated so that you can buy it’s full version.|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is installed on your PC, the program may run an automated scan and display results, stating that your drivers are outdated: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
What Do Users Say about DriverUpdate?
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 The software is capable of detecting outdated drivers and even color codes them in order to show you which drivers are essential for installation.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 and other reputable sources claim this program is useful, some users have detected misleading practices in its 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, 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.
What Else Does the Program Do?
In addition to this, users have also reported multiple different types of advertisements that were related to this program, such as:
- 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.
What Is DriverUpdate?
The DriverUpdate threat is adware or browser redirect virus.
It may slow your computer down significantly and display advertisements. The main idea is for your information to likely get stolen or more ads to appear on your device.
The creators of such unwanted apps work with pay-per-click schemes to get your computer to visit risky or different types of websites that may generate them funds. This is why they do not even care what types of websites show up on the ads. This makes their unwanted software indirectly risky for your OS.
What Are the Symptoms of DriverUpdate?
There are several symptoms to look for when this particular threat and also unwanted apps in general are active:
Symptom #1: Your computer may become slow and have poor performance in general.
Symptom #2: You have toolbars, add-ons or extensions on your web browsers that you don't remember adding.
Symptom #3: You see all types of ads, like ad-supported search results, pop-ups and redirects to randomly appear.
Symptom #4: You see installed apps on your Mac running automatically and you do not remember installing them.
Symptom #5: You see suspicious processes running in your Task Manager.
If you see one or more of those symptoms, then security experts recommend that you check your computer for viruses.
What Types of Unwanted Programs Are There?
According to most malware researchers and cyber-security experts, the threats that can currently affect your Mac can be the following types:
- Rogue Antivirus programs.
- Browser hijackers.
- Fake optimizers.
What to Do If I Have a "virus" like DriverUpdate?
With few simple actions. First and foremost, it is imperative that you follow these steps:
Step 1: Find a safe computer and connect it to another network, not the one that your Mac was infected in.
Step 2: Change all of your passwords, starting from your email passwords.
Step 3: Enable two-factor authentication for protection of your important accounts.
Step 4: Call your bank to change your credit card details (secret code, etc.) if you have saved your credit card for online shopping or have done online activities with your card.
Step 5: Make sure to call your ISP (Internet provider or carrier) and ask them to change your IP address.
Step 6: Change your Wi-Fi password.
Step 7: (Optional): Make sure to scan all of the devices connected to your network for viruses and repeat these steps for them if they are affected.
Step 8: Install anti-malware software with real-time protection on every device you have.
Step 9: Try not to download software from sites you know nothing about and stay away from low-reputation websites in general.
If you follow these recommendations, your network and all devices will become significantly more secure against any threats or information invasive software and be virus free and protected in the future too.
How Does DriverUpdate Work?
Once installed, DriverUpdate can collect data about your web browsing habits, such as the websites you visit and the search terms you use. This data is then used to target you with ads or to sell your information to third parties.
DriverUpdate can also download other malicious software onto your computer, such as viruses and spyware, which can be used to steal your personal information and show risky ads, that may redirect to virus sites or scams.
Is DriverUpdate Malware?
The truth is that PUPs (adware, browser hijackers) are not viruses, but may be just as dangerous since they may show you and redirect you to malware websites and scam pages.
Many security experts classify potentially unwanted programs as malware. This is because of the unwanted effects that PUPs can cause, such as displaying intrusive ads and collecting user data without the user’s knowledge or consent.
About the DriverUpdate Research
The content we publish on SensorsTechForum.com, this DriverUpdate how-to removal guide included, is the outcome of extensive research, hard work and our team’s devotion to help you remove the specific, adware-related problem, and restore your browser and computer system.
How did we conduct the research on DriverUpdate?
Please note that our research is based on independent investigation. We are in contact with independent security researchers, thanks to which we receive daily updates on the latest malware, adware, and browser hijacker definitions.
Furthermore, the research behind the DriverUpdate threat is backed with VirusTotal.
To better understand this online threat, please refer to the following articles which provide knowledgeable details.