Driver Updater Unwanted Application

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

Driver Updater removal instructions

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PC Cleaner, and many others, Driver Updater is a dubious application that supposedly allows users to update and install outdated/missing drivers.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).

Driver Updater unwanted application

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 It allows users to scan the system to detect outdated/missing drivers and fix everything in one click.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 application

Driver Updater installation setup:

Driver Updater 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 Updater adware uninstall via Control Panel

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:

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 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 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 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 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 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 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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