DriverUpdate Unwanted Application

Also Known As: DriverUpdate potentially unwanted program
Type: Utilities
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

DriverUpdate removal instructions

What is DriverUpdate?

Developers present DriverUpdate as a legitimate application that helps users to update system drivers and, therefore, improve overall performance. These claims often trick users into believing that DriverUpdate is legitimate and useful, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). DriverUpdate often infiltrates systems without permission and delivers no real value for regular users.

DriverUpdate unwanted application

Once installed, DriverUpdate performs a fake system scan and displays a list of 'outdated drivers'. Users are encouraged to update these drivers immediately by purchasing the 'full version' of DriverUpdate. Note that the list of outdated drivers is fake. DriverUpdate's developers attempt to trick unsuspecting users into paying for the so-called full version (even when it is not required). This application is useless and will not help to optimize your system performance. Therefore, we strongly advise that you uninstall DriverUpdate immediately.

As mentioned, DriverUpdate often infiltrates systems without consent. This behavior is common to potentially unwanted programs, and there is a high probability that DriverUpdate will be delivered with a number of other PUPs. Regular PUPs generate intrusive advertisements, stealthily modify web browser options, gather sensitive information, and misuse system resources. Intrusive ads (coupons, banners, pop-ups, and so on) are delivered using tools (e.g., virtual layers) that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. These ads conceal underlying content, thereby diminishing the browsing experience. In addition, they redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts designed to download/install malware. Therefore, clicking intrusive ads might cause high-risk computer infections. Potentially unwanted programs also modify browser options. They assign the new tab URL, homepage, and other settings to certain dubious URLs, so that users continually encounter unwanted redirects. In doing so, they promote untrustworthy websites. Another significant downside is data tracking. Potentially unwanted programs gather IP addresses, geo-locations, keystrokes, search queries, website URLs visited, pages viewed, and other data relating to browsing activity. The collected information might contain personal details that are typically sold to third parties, who misuse private data to generate revenue. Thus, the presence of data tracking apps might lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Some PUPs mine cryptocurrencies and run other unwanted processes in the background. These programs misuse system resources without consent, thereby diminishing overall system performance. Therefore, all potentially unwanted programs must uninstalled immediately.

DriverUpdate is virtually identical to Your Video Converter, Wise System Mechanic, Digital Coin Tracker, SlimCleaner, and many others. No matter what functionality potentially unwanted programs offer, all have identical behavior. These programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any significant value for regular users, PUPs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did DriverUpdate install on my computer?

To proliferate PUPs, developers employ intrusive advertisements and the "bundling" method (stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software/apps). They know that many users rush when downloading and installing software. Therefore, all "bundled" apps are hidden within "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes. By skipping download/installation steps and clicking dubious ads/links, many users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are often poor knowledge and careless behavior. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Remember that intrusive ads may seem legitimate, but they can redirect to gambling, pornography, survey, and other dubious websites. If you encounter redirects to suspicious sites, immediately eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins. Remember also to closely observe each step of the download/installation processes using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Decline offers to download/install additional applications and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. We also recommend that you download your software from official sources only, using direct download links. Criminals monetize third party downloaders/installers by promoting dubious apps (the "bundling" method). Therefore, these tools should never be used. The key to computer safety is caution.

DriverUpdate PUP installation set-up:

DriverUpdate installation setup

Website promoting DriverUpdate PUP:

DriverUpdate PUP promoting website

SlimwareUpdate application detected as a potentially unwanted application by antivirus vendors:

slimware driverupdater detections

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Quick menu:

DriverUpdate adware removal:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

DriverUpdate adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "DriverUpdate", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes DriverUpdate ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove adware from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing DriverUpdate ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing DriverUpdate ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the driverupdate potentially unwanted program, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing DriverUpdate  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing DriverUpdate ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the driverupdate potentially unwanted program, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing DriverUpdate ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing DriverUpdate ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with driverupdate potentially unwanted program removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) logoRemove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.

Removing adware from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the driverupdate potentially unwanted program, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon Microsoft Edge (chromium) menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 1

In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 2

Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium) reset step 3

  • If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.

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Global malware activity level today:

Medium threat activity

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