DriverFixer removal instructions
What is DriverFixer?
Developers present DriverFixer as a program that updates and maintains computer drivers with innovative real-time scanning technology and provides instant optimization for system components and peripherals. Despite these claims, do not trust this software, since the developers promote it using deception - they bundle it into set-ups of other software. Therefore, many people are likely to install this app unintentionally.
When a scan is finished, DriverFixer displays a number of drivers that are supposedly out-of-date (with available updates), however, we warn against trusting apps promoted using the aforementioned "bundling" method, especially if they require payment. They often deliver fake scan results and give the impression that there are a number of 'issues' (such as outdated drivers) that can be fixed with certain software. It is unknown for certain whether DriverFixer is one of these dubious programs, however, many apps promoted in this way cannot be trusted. Furthermore, browser hijackers and adware-type apps are commonly downloaded and installed with bundled apps. It is possible that some of these will be installed with DriverFixer. These potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) gather browsing-related information and feed users with unwanted ads. Typically, PUAs collect URLs of visited websites, entered search queries, geolocations, IP addresses, and so on. Developers send the data to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals) who misuse it to generate revenue. PUAs often feed users with pop-ups, banners, coupons, surveys, and other ads. When clicked, they cause redirects to potentially malicious web pages or execute scripts designed to download/install even more unwanted applications.
|Name||DriverFixer potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Detection Names||Avast (FileRepMalware), DrWeb (Trojan.Siggen7.59319), McAfee (Artemis!E6F77EC18504), Symantec (PUA.Downloader), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Supposed Functionality||DriverFixer supposedly detects outdated drivers and updates them|
|Symptoms||A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appears on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displaying warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly detected 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)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
There are many apps that are similar to DriverFixer. For example, Advanced Driver Booster, QBIT Clean Pro, and Incognito Private Shield. Typically, they are not free and trick people into purchasing them. They provide lists of fake issues and encourage users to fix so-called detected problems. We recommend that you do not trust these apps and uninstall them immediately.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
As mentione, developers promote unwanted apps using the "bundling" method. Their main goal is to trick people into downloading and installing PUAs with other software. Generally, information about the inclusion of unwanted applications is hidden in "Advanced", "Custom" and other similar sections of the download/installation set-ups. This information is not properly disclosed. People who download and install programs without checking settings/options often allow potentially unwanted apps to be installed. Unwanted downloads and installations are also caused by clicking deceptive ads, which then run scripts designed to download and install unwanted, potentially malicious apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Download software using from official and trustworthy websites. Do not use third party software downloaders or installers, Peer-to-Peer networks such as torrent clients, eMule, dubious web pages and other such tools to download software. Additionally, check "Custom", "Advanced", and other similar settings of any download/installation setup and deselect offers to install (or download) unwanted applications. Avoid clicking intrusive ads, especially if they are displayed on dubious web pages. Once clicked, they can redirect users to untrustworthy websites. Unwanted redirects and ads often occur due to PUAs installed on the system. If these ads or redirects are a common problem, check plug-ins, extensions, and add-ons installed on the browser and eliminate any suspicious, unwanted entries. Also uninstall any unwanted programs on the operating system. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
DriverFixer download website:
DriverFixer promotes a dubious app bundled into the installation setup:
DriverFixer installation setup:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is DriverFixer?
- 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 7 users:
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:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 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.
Mac 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 "DriverFixer" 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, DriverFixer 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 driverfixer 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 driverfixer 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 driverfixer 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 driverfixer 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.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove driverfixer potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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