WinZip Driver Updater Unwanted Application

Also Known As: WinZip Driver Updater potentially unwanted application
Type: Utilities
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

WinZip Driver Updater removal instructions

What is WinZip Driver Updater?

WinZip Driver Updater is a deceptive app that claims to renew outdated drivers. This functionality may seem legitimate and useful, however, developers proliferate this app using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". Therefore, WinZip Driver Updater often infiltrates systems without consent and is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).

WinZip Driver Updater unwanted application

Once WinZip Driver Updater completes the 'system scan', it displays a list of drivers that are supposedly outdated. This list is displayed even if drivers are up-to-date, since developers attempt to trick users into purchasing the 'full version' of WinZip Driver Updater (the 'free version' is supposedly incapable of updating drivers). Your system is most probably up-to-date, and paying for the full version will not give any value. In addition, it is currently not confirmed whether this deceptive app is capable of updating any software at all. Therefore, even if your system drivers are not fully up-to-date, there is no guarantee that paying will resolve the issue. For these reasons, you should never purchase the full version and we strongly advise you to uninstall this PUA immediately. As mentioned, WinZip Driver Updater is distributed using the "bundling" method. Be aware that, in most cases, criminals "bundle" several applications at once. Therefore, there is a high probability that WinZip Driver Updater came together with a number of other PUAs, such as adware or browser hijackers. These apps deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and gather sensitive information. When uninstalling WinZip Driver Updater, you should also remove other dubious applications/browser plug-ins.

There are dozens of potentially unwanted applications, all of which are virtually identical. Examples include Kimetrak and NativeDesktopMediaService. Most offer "useful features", and yet PUAs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than giving any real value for regular users, they deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, gather sensitive information, and (in some cases) promote in-app purchases.

How did adware install on my computer?

WinZip Driver Updater has an official download website, however, as mentioned above, developers proliferate this PUA using the "bundling" method - stealth installation of potentially unwanted applications together with regular software/apps. Developers hide "bundled" applications within "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes. Furthermore, many users rush these procedures and skip steps - behavior that often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted applications such as WinZip Driver Updater. In this way, users expose their systems to risk of various infections and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

Lack of knowledge and careless behavior are the main reasons for computer infections - the key to safety is caution. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the Internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each window of the download/installation dialogs and opt-out of all additionally-included programs. Download your programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue apps, and thus should never be used. Furthermore, as well as the "bundling" method, cyber criminals distribute PUAs using intrusive advertisements (that redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that download and install potentially unwanted applications or even malware). Most of these advertisements seem legitimate, but redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, and other dubious sites. They are generally delivered via adware-type apps. Therefore, if you experience dubious redirects, check the list of installed apps/browser add-ons and eliminate any suspicious entries. If your computer is already infected with rogue applications, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.

Website promoting WinZip Driver Updater:

WinZip Driver Updater

Official WinZip Driver Updater installation setup:

Official WinZip Driver Updater installer setup

WinZip Driver Updater application detected as potentially unwanted application by antivirus vendors:

winzip driver updater detections

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Quick menu:

WinZip Driver Updater 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.

WinZip Driver Updater adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look "WinZip Driver Updater" and other potentially unwanted programs, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted programs, 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 WinZip Driver Updater 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 WinZip Driver Updater ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the winzip driver updater potentially unwanted application, 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 WinZip Driver Updater  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 WinZip Driver Updater ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the winzip driver updater potentially unwanted application, 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 WinZip Driver Updater 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 WinZip Driver Updater ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with winzip driver updater potentially unwanted application 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 winzip driver updater potentially unwanted application, 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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