Update Checker Adware

Also Known As: Update Checker potentially unwanted program
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Update Checker removal instructions

What is Update Checker?

Developed by MySoftPack, Update Checker is a rogue application that supposedly helps to keep various applications and drivers up-to-date. Judging on appearance alone, Update Checker may seem legitimate, however, this app is categorized as a potentially unwanted program (PUP) and adware. The main reasons for these negative associations are installation without users' consent, display of intrusive advertisements, and tracking of personal information.

Update Checker adware

Update Checker adware delivers coupon, banner, pop-up, and other similar advertisements. To achieve this, developers employ various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site. Therefore, displayed ads often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing the web browsing experience. More significantly, intrusive advertisements often redirect to malicious websites and even run scripts that stealthily download and install malware. Therefore, even accidental clicks can result in high-risk computer infections. As with most adware, Update Checker also gathers various information relating to web browsing habits. IP addresses, websites visited, pages viewed, queries entered into search engines, and other collected data is later shared with third parties (potentially, cyber criminals). Note that this recorded information might contain personal details that third parties misuse to generate revenue. The presence of data-tracking app such as Update Checker can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. In addition, applications that "help" users to install software are likely to stealthily install other potentially unwanted programs. In other words, there is a high probability that Update Checker will install other adware. For these reasons, you should uninstall this PUP immediately.

There are dozens of potentially unwanted programs similar to Update Checker. Current Me, SlikDealer, Clean Grill Grates, and ProxyGate are just some examples from many. As with Update Checker, these applications also claim to enable certain functions, however, all potentially unwanted programs are designed only to help developers generate passive revenue. Adware-type programs deliver no real value for regular users - they spread intrusive ads and collect sensitive data, thereby posing direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did Update Checker install on my computer?

Adware such as Update Checker is typically distributed using "bundling" and intrusive advertising methods. Essentially, "bundling" is stealth installation of unwanted programs together with regular (typically free) software. Developers are aware that many users rush download/installation processes and skip steps. Therefore, they hide "bundled" apps within various sections (in most cases "Custom" or "Advanced" settings) of these procedures - criminals do not disclose these installations properly. Therefore, skipping download/installation steps and clicking ads often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs such as Update Checker.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The main reasons for computer infections are careless behavior and poor knowledge of current threats. Therefore, to prevent system infiltration by potentially unwanted programs, be very cautious when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Research shows that many intrusive ads seem legitimate, however, most redirect to dubious sites such as gambling, pornography, and so on. If you continually encounter these ads, immediately remove all suspicious applications and browser extensions. Remember also to closely analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs using the "Custom" or "Advanced" settings. Furthermore, cancel all additionally-included applications and decline offers to download/install them. If you are unable to do this, cancel the process immediately. We advise you to download your applications from official sources only using direct download links, since criminals monetize unofficial downloaders/installers using the "bundling" method. These tools should not be used. Note that having a legitimate anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running is also paramount. The key to computer safety is caution.

Update Checker adware installation set-up:

Update Checker adware installer setup

Screenshot of Update Checker adware:

Potentially unwanted program Update Checker

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Quick menu:

Update Checker 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.

Update Checker adware uninstall via Control Panel

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

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

Remove Update Checker adware from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Update Checker did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Update Checker 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 Update Checker ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the update checker 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 Update Checker  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 and remove them.

Removing Update Checker ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the update checker 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 Update Checker 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 on "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Update Checker ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with update checker 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 logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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