Driver Maximizer Unwanted Application

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

Driver Maximizer removal instructions

What is Driver Maximizer?

Driver Maximizer is one of many dubious applications that is promoted as a software update tool for system drivers, or as a means to find the correct drivers for your computer. Judging by the appearance of this app and its website, it may seem to be a legitimate and useful program, however, developers proliferate it using the "bundling" method. When an app is installed using this method, it usually indicates that the application was installed unintentionally. Therefore, Driver Maximizer is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Driver Maximizer unwanted application

When Driver Maximizer finishes the scan, it displays a list of drivers that (supposedly) need to be updated or installed. This type of application often informs users of 'outdated drivers', even if all drivers are up-to-date. These are merely attempts to trick users into purchasing the "full version" (since the "free versions" are apparently only able only to detect problems, not solve them). Your installed drivers are likely to be up-to-date, and purchasing the full version is unnecessary. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that purchasing this app will provide the updates. Therefore, do not purchase any of this software and uninstall all potentially unwanted applications immediately. Most bundled apps, including Driver Maximizer, are likely to be rogue. Furthermore, this app might be one of a number of PUAs installed, including browser hijackers, and other adware. These applications deliver intrusive ads, force users to visit untrustworthy websites, and collect data. After uninstalling Driver Maximizer, check for additional unwanted applications (browser plug-ins) and remove them.

The internet is full of potentially unwanted applications, all of which are very similar or identical. Two examples include WinZip Driver Updater and Kimetrak. These are promoted as 'useful apps', since they offer various features/tools and other functionality, however, PUAs generate revenue for their developers by collecting data, delivering ads, causing redirects, and promoting in-app purchases.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

Driver Maximizer can be downloaded from its official website, but many potentially unwanted applications are installed together with other software. This is called "bundling" - a method used to stealthily install PUAs with other apps by hiding them in "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings/options of the installation processes. Furthermore, many users skip installation steps without checking the contents of the setup, thus allowing PUAs to be installed. This behaviour can result in various privacy issues or even more serious problems (identity theft).

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to safety is caution. Pay attention when browsing the web and downloading/installing software (especially if it is free). Take your time, analyze each step of the download/installation dialogs, and deselect all additionally-included applications. Use official sources and direct links to download software. Remember, most third party downloaders/installers are monetized by promoting/including rogue apps - do not use this software as a download source. Furthermore, many cyber criminals distribute PUAs using intrusive advertisements (that redirect to malicious websites and execute scripts that download and install other PUAs or even malware). They may seem legitimate, but often redirect to gambling, adult dating, pornography, or other untrustworthy websites. If you experience unwanted redirects, check the list of installed apps/browser add-ons and eliminate any suspicious entries immediately. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them .

Screenshot of Driver Maximizer application:

Driver Maximizer application

Driver Maximizer installation setup:

Driver Maximizer installation setup

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted applications:

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.

Driver Maximizer adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Driver Maximizer" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Driver Maximizer did not install any unwanted browser extensions, however, some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you experience unwanted ads or unwanted redirects when browsing the Internet, continue with the removal guide below.

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

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the driver maximizer 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 rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the driver maximizer 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 rogue extensions 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 rogue extensions from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with driver maximizer 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 driver maximizer 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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