Advanced Driver Booster Unwanted Application
Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is Advanced Driver Booster?
Advanced Driver Booster is advertised as a useful device driver updater. Since it is important to keep installed drivers up-to-date, Advanced Driver Booster may seem to be a useful tool, however, developers distribute it by bundling it into set-ups of other software.
People often download and install Advanced Driver Booster unintentionally and, therefore, this tool is categorized as a potentially unwanted application (PUA).
Advanced Driver Booster allows users to scan their systems for outdated drivers, however, to update them, they are required to activate it by purchasing a 'full version' of the program. Note that apps distributed by bundling them into other software set-ups should not be trusted.
These tools supposedly fix errors, remove viruses, update drivers, and so on, however, they generally provide fake results. They encourage people to believe that there are various problems that can be fixed by purchasing specific software. It is unknown whether Advanced Driver Booster is one of these rogue programs, however, this is a strong possibility.
Additionally, bundled apps are often installed with other PUAs such as browser hijackers or adware. Generally, browser hijackers promote dubious, fake search engines by changing browser settings and recording information relating to users' browsing habits. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, URL addresses of visited websites, and so on.
People who develop these apps share the details with other parties - potentially, cyber criminals. These third parties misuse private data to generate revenue. Furthermore, adware-type apps serve intrusive ads such as coupons, banners, pop-up ads, surveys, and so on.
Typically, these conceal underlying content of visited websites and, if clicked, redirect users to potentially malicious web pages. In some cases, clicking them causes execution of scripts that download/install other unwanted apps.
|Name||Advanced Driver Booster potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposedly enables easy update of system drivers.|
|Detection Names||ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/GT32SupportGeeks.N Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Trojan.Win32.Agentb.jphp), Sophos AV (Generic PUA HO (PUA)), Tencent (Win32.Trojan.Agentb.Ajuy), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. New application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about so-called 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the 'errors'.|
|Distribution Methods||Deceptive pop-up ads, free software installers (bundling), fake flash player installers.|
|Damage||Monetary loss (unnecessary purchase of fake software), unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Many apps are distributed by including them into download/installation setups. Some examples include Incognito Private Shield, Dr. Wolf Internet Security, and DriverAgent. Do not trust these apps. Uninstall any PUAs that were bundled together with Advanced Driver Booster immediately.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
In some cases, PUAs can be downloaded from supposedly official websites, however, people usually download and install them inadvertently. In many cases, PUAs are distributed by bundling them into download/installation set-ups. Developers do this to trick people into downloading/installing unwanted apps with regular software.
They hide information about the inclusion of additionally-included apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and similar settings/options of the set-ups.
Typically, unwanted downloads and installations happen when people people do not study the set-ups and leave settings unchanged, or when they click deceptive ads that execute scripts designed to download and install unwanted applications.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download and install software properly, especially if it is free. Programs should be downloaded from official websites and using direct links. Do not use other sources such as Peer-to-Peer networks, unofficial pages, third party downloaders, etc.
Check "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar parts of any download or installation setup and dismiss offers to download or install unwanted, additional programs. Avoid clicking intrusive ads - they may seem legitimate, but once clicked, usually redirect to untrustworthy websites (relating to gambling, pornography, adult dating, etc.).
If these websites are opened regularly, or unwanted ads appear on any opened web page, check for suspicious apps installed on the browser (plug-ins, add-ons, extensions, etc.) and remove them immediately. The same applies to unwanted programs installed on the operating system.
If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Website that promotes Advanced Driver Booster:
Advanced Driver Booster installation setup:
Appearance of Advanced Driver Booster (GIF):
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is Advanced Driver Booster?
- 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 "Advanced Driver Booster" 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, Advanced Driver Booster 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 advanced driver booster 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 advanced driver booster 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 advanced driver booster 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 advanced driver booster 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.
Commonly, 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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