BIOSAgentPlus removal instructions
What is BIOSAgentPlus?
BIOSAgentPlus is advertised as software that checks for BIOS updates, outdated drivers and recommends updates. Also, it provides detailed information about the currently installed BIOS and drivers. There is a possibility that this application is distributed using a bundling method. Apps that are distributed by bundling them with other programs are called potentially unwanted applications (PUAs).
When BIOSAgentPlus finishes scanning the system, it displays results (BIOS details, Windows errors, the number of outdated and updated drivers) in a browser window/developer's website. However, BIOS and drivers cannot be updated, errors fixed with an unregistered BIOSAgentPlus version. In other words, BIOSAgentPlus offers a free scan but does not perform any further actions unless purchased. It is important to mention that there are many PUAs that generate fake results to trick users into believing that they could fix errors, remove unwanted items, update drivers, etc., if they would use an activated/registered version.
Furthermore, it is common to distribute PUAs in packages. Therefore, quite often users who have one PUA installed on a computer, have another PUA (e.g., browser hijacker, adware-type app) installed on it as well. Adware generates advertisements (e.g., coupons, banners, surveys, pop-up ads) that can be designed to promote shady pages or download (or even install) some unwanted software by running certain scripts. Browser hijackers promote fake search engines by changing the browser's settings: they change the address of a default search engine, homepage, and/or new tab to an address of some fake search engine and do not allow users to remove that unless they uninstall the app.
|Name||BIOSAgentPlus potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||BIOS and driver updater|
|Detection Names||Avast (Win32:PUP-gen [PUP]), BitDefender (Application.Deceptor.AUF), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/DriverAgent.B Potentially Unwanted), Kaspersky (HEUR:Hoax.Win32.BiosAgent.gen), Microsoft (Misleading:Win32/Lodi), 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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
To eliminate possible malware infections, scan your computer with legitimate antivirus software. Our security researchers recommend using Malwarebytes.
More examples of apps that share some similarities with BIOSAgentPlus are Secure Driver Updater, DriverMax, and Driver Tuneup. What most of them have in common is that they are not free: users are asked to pay for their registration/activation. The problem with it is that not all apps of this type can be trusted.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Commonly, developers distribute PUAs by bundling them together with other apps of this kind. In other words, quite often PUAs are offered in various download and/or installation setups. Typically, users can decline unwanted offers via "Custom", "Advanced" or other settings or by unticking checkboxes before finishing downloads and/or installations. Users who do not do that download and/or install both wanted and bundled apps. Sometimes users unintentionally download, and/or install PUAs by clicking deceptive advertisements designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is advisable not to use third-party downloaders (or installers), Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, etc.), questionable, unofficial pages, etc., as tools, sources for downloading or installing applications. Apps should be downloaded only from official, trustworthy pages and via direct links. Also, it is recommended to check setups for "Advanced", "Custom" and decline unwanted offers before finishing downloads and/or installations. Additionally, it is advisable not to trust/click advertisements on questionable sites: those ads could be designed to promote other sites of this kind or cause unwanted downloads, or even installations. There should not be any unwanted, unknown extensions, plug-ins, or add-ons installed on a browser or apps of this kind 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.
Installation setup of BIOSAgentPlus application:
Website promoting BIOSAgentPlus application:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is BIOSAgentPlus?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
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 "BIOSAgentPlus" 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, BIOSAgentPlus 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 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 biosagentplus 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 plugins 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 biosagentplus 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 biosagentplus 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.
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 biosagentplus 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.
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 biosagentplus potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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