Driver Updater Unwanted Application
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Driver Updater?
Similar to Driver Maximizer, SweepTools PC Cleaner, and many others, Driver Updater is a dubious application that supposedly allows users to update and install outdated/missing drivers.
Judging on appearance alone, Driver Updater may seem legitimate and useful, however, this app often infiltrates systems without permission, since developers distribute it using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". For these reasons, Driver Updater is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).
The main purpose of the Driver Updater app is to update/install drivers. It allows users to scan the system to detect outdated/missing drivers and fix everything in one click. Note, however, that the 'free version' of Driver Updater is only able to scan the system and cannot fix issues. Therefore, users are encouraged to purchase the so-called 'full version'.
This is not worth risking. Be aware that many "bundled" applications are deceptive. They feed users with false scan results just to trick them into activating paid software. Therefore, Driver Updater might also be one of these rogue apps, and thus you should consider uninstalling this application.
In addition, "bundling" is often used to proliferate several potentially unwanted applications at once. There is a high probability that Driver Updater is not the only PUA that has infiltrated your computer. In most cases, "bundling" is used to distribute adware and browser hijackers.
These apps deliver intrusive advertisements, cause unwanted redirects, and gather sensitive information. Therefore, as well as uninstalling Driver Updater, you should remove other dubious applications.
The internet is full of deceptive potentially unwanted applications that share similarities. Most offer "useful feature", however, few provide any real value.
Most of these apps serve just one purpose: to generate revenue for the developers. These unwanted applications deliver ads, cause redirects, and gather information, thereby diminishing the browsing experience and posing a direct threat to your privacy and web browsing safety.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Driver Updater is free for anyone to download on its official website, however, due to the lack of knowledge and careless behavior of many users, it often infiltrates systems without permission.
As mentioned above, developers promote Driver Updater using intrusive advertisements and a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" - installation of third party apps together with regular software. Developers hide "bundled" apps within "Custom/Advanced" settings of the download/installation processes.
Furthermore, many users often rush these procedures and skip steps, thereby exposing their systems to risk of various infections and putting their privacy at risk.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Caution is the key to computer safety. Therefore, pay close attention when browsing the internet and downloading/installing software. Carefully analyze each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out of additionally-included programs.
You are advised to download software from official sources only (via direct download links) and avoid using third party downloaders/installers, since most are monetized using the "bundling" method.
Furthermore, potentially unwanted applications are also often distributed using the aforementioned intrusive ads, which redirect to infectious sites and execute scripts that download and install malware.
These advertisements usually seem legitimate, since developers invest many resources into their design, but they usually redirect to dubious websites (gambling, adult dating, pornography, etc.). If you experience these redirects, eliminate all dubious applications and browser plug-ins.
If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Screenshot of Driver Updater application:
Driver Updater installation setup:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Driver Updater?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
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.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
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.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "Driver Updater" 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 Updater 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 redirects when browsing the internet, continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" 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".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the 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.
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.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the driver updater potentially unwanted application, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the 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.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (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.
Computer users who have problems with 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, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge 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.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the driver updater potentially unwanted application, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
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.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
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