DriverUpdate and as many like to refer to it as a “virus” is actually what we know as a PUP (Potentially Unwanted Program). These types of programs often tend to be downloaded on the users computers as a result of being directly added to them via various types of bundled packages and installers. The actual reason behind such programs is to display a lot of different advertisements and to trick users that they are legitimate utilities pretending to help by cleaning the computer or updating it’s driver. In reality, the outcome of those programs are general slowness of your computer and in addition to these, they may ask victims to opt in for a full version of their programs in order to fix computer issues. If you are experiencing issues on your computer as a result of the DriverUpdate “virus”, we recommend that you read this article thoroughly.
|Type||Hoax Driver Updater|
|Short Description||Aims to help users by regularly updating outdated Windows drivers, but in fact the drivers it detects to be out of date may only be a reason to get users to buy the full version of the program.|
|Symptoms||DriverUpdate may run automatically and perform automated scans on the user’s PC.|
|Distribution Method||Bundled downloads. Web pages which may advertise it.|
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DriverUpdate “Virus” – Distribution Methods
Probably the main method that is used by DriverUpdate to slither onto the user PC’s is software bundling. This distribution method that is utilised by DriverUpdate by slithering it into the installers of regular freeware programs that users often download. Such programs often turn out to be your average movie player, converter, torrent downloader and any other programs you may be looking to download. In the setups of those programs, DriverUpdate may be included as a “free extra” or an “Optional Offer” and it is usually somewhere in the Custom or Advanced installation modes.
And since the program is Driver-oriented, it may also be bundled in modified installers for Video, Audio, Chipset and other types of drivers and firmware upgrades as well, so be careful and always check thoroughly everything you are installing step-by-step.
And in addition to this, since DriverUpdate is created by Slimware Utilities Holdings, Inc., a company that is known for making another such program, known as Slim Cleaner plus that is also with the same purpose, the program can also be downloaded from their site, where it is often advertised as a legitimate tool:
DriverUpdate – Analysis
Once DriverUpdate has been installed and has started running on your computer, the program will show scan results that almost always end up in claiming that your drivers may be outdated, but in reality, there may be nothing wrong with them:
In addition to this, the program may perform other activities on your computer such as:
- Showing advertisements.
- Installing web browser extensions.
- Collecting browser data.
- Running automatically on system start.
But the main purpose of DriverUpdate is to convince users to purchase the full version of this program since it is their only chance of updating their drivers, or so it seems.
Remove DriverUpdate from Your Computer
To remove this PUP from your Computer we would strongly suggest that you follow the instructions that are posted underneath. They have been divided in manual and automatic removal steps so that if you fail to remove the program manually, a more effective and recommended method for removal is also at disposal in the face of an advanced malware removal program. Such software aims to automatically detect and remove all files that may be associated with the Driver Update software and protect your computer against any infections that might occur in the future too.
Note! Substantial notification about the DriverUpdate threat: Manual removal of DriverUpdate requires interference with system files and registries. Thus, it can cause damage to your PC. Even if your computer skills are not at a professional level, don’t worry. You can do the removal yourself just in 5 minutes, using a malware removal tool.
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- Guide 1: How to Remove DriverUpdate from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of DriverUpdate from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove DriverUpdate from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase DriverUpdate from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall DriverUpdate from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove DriverUpdate from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate DriverUpdate from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove DriverUpdate from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove DriverUpdate
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.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by DriverUpdate on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
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:
Get rid of DriverUpdate from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall DriverUpdate and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- 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:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove DriverUpdate files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as DriverUpdate, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. SpyHunter for Mac offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the DriverUpdate will be removed.
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.