How to uninstall Secure Driver Updater from a computer?

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

Secure Driver Updater removal instructions

What is Secure Driver Updater?

Secure Driver Updater is a program that, as its name suggests, is designed to scan the operating system for outdated, old drivers and update them. The problem with this software is that its developers distribute it by using questionable methods. It means that there is a possibility that users who installed Secure Driver Updater on their computers did that unknowingly. Therefore, it is categorized as potentially unwanted application (PUA).

Secure Driver Updater unwanted application

Secure Driver Updater allows users to scan systems for installed drivers and notifies about outdated drivers. However, it does not allow to update outdated drivers unless users upgrade it to the full version (register it), which is not free. Quite often programs that are categorized as PUAs perform fake scans - they are designed to trick users into thinking that they will be able to fix issues, remove viruses, uninstall unwanted programs, update drivers and/or perform other actions (depending on the program) if they will activate/register those programs. Simply said, developers create such PUAs with a purpose to extract money from unsuspecting users. It is unknown whether Secure Driver Updater is one of these programs, although, it might be. Another issue with PUAs is that developers often distribute them alongside with other apps of this type, for example, adware-type apps, browser hijackers. Adware-type apps are designed to serve coupons, banners, surveys, pop-ups and other types of advertisements. More often than not these ads, if clicked, open untrustworthy websites or even run scrips designed to download and/or install unwanted apps. Browser hijackers are PUAs that are designed to promote fake search engines (their addresses) by modifying certain browser settings. It is worthwhile to mention that both adware-type apps and browser hijackers tend to be designed to gather various information related to user's browsing habits as well. For example, IP addresses, geolocations, entered search queries, addresses of visited websites. However, there are PUAs that are capable of accessing sensitive information as well. The problem is that gathered information could be sold to third parties (potentially cyber criminals) or misused to generate revenue in other ways. Therefore, it is recommended to trust apps like Secure Driver Updater or apps that may be distributed through its installer.

Threat Summary:
Name Secure Driver Updater potentially unwanted application
Threat Type PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)
Supposed Functionality Driver updater
Detection Names Comodo (Malware@#3crkrlpvz9deg), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/Jawego.C Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.PCFixer.gen), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/Systweak), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)
Symptoms A program that you do not recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer. A new application is performing computer scans and displays warning messages about 'found issues'. Asks for payment to eliminate the supposedly found 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.
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To sum up, PUAs like Secure Driver Updater can be designed to trick users into paying money for their activation/registration by displaying fake scan results, but not all of them are. Either way, it is advised no to trust apps that are distributed by using questionable methods. Some examples of other apps that are categorized as PUAs are ZipConvertAce, FileConvertGiant and Fast!.

How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?

It is common that PUAs are distributed by using a deceptive marketing method called "bundling". It means that developers include unwanted apps in download and/or installation setups of other programs as additional offers and hope that users will not decline them. Typically, such offers can be declined in "Custom", "Advanced" and other settings of setups. When users download and/or install programs without changing default settings, they often agree with offers to download/and or install additionally included apps as well. Also, unwanted downloads and/or installation can be caused by clicking deceptive ads that that are capable of executing certain scripts.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

In most cases users can prevent unwanted downloads and/or installations by checking "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar options of any download and/or installation setup and declining offers to download and/or install additionally included apps. Also, it can be done by downloading files, programs from official pages and via direct download links. It is because various unofficial, shady websites, Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule), third party downloaders, installers, etc., can be used to promote, distribute unwanted, potentially unwanted apps. One more way avoid unwanted downloads, installations is by not clicking advertisements that appear on questionable pages. In most cases they are designed to open other untrustworthy websites, although, sometimes they can be designed to cause downloads and/or installations of unwanted apps. If there are any unwanted, suspicious extensions, add-ons and plug-ins already installed on a browser, then they should be removed. The same should be done with programs of this kind that are installed 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.

Appearance of Secure Driver Updater application (GIF):

Appearance of Secure Driver Updater PUA (GIF)

Installation setup of Secure Driver Updater application:

Secure Driver Updater PUA 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.

Secure Driver Updater adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Secure 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, Secure 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:

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 secure 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 plugins 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 secure 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 secure 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.

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 secure 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

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, 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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