What is the DriverScape unwanted application?
DriverScape is a piece of untrustworthy software, endorsed as a tool for identifying missing and outdated drivers - and then installing/updating them. DriverScape's claims to have a well-organized database, which contains various drivers from official sources.
The application states to have a variety of printer, scanner, video, audio, motherboard, monitor, Bluetooth, mobile device, keyboard, mouse, and other drivers. However, DriverScape is distributed using dubious techniques; due to this - it is classified as a PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application).
Apps within this classification are likely to be nonoperational and may have unmentioned abilities.
Questionable distribution methods are not used exclusively for unreliable products; they are also employed to promote legitimate software. However, misleading/deceptive marketing tactics are more commonly used to push dubious applications (e.g., PUAs). PUAs typically appear ordinary and harmless.
These apps offer a wide variety of "useful" and "advantageous" functionalities, which are seldom operational. Fake anti-virus tools are a prime example of this; they require activation (i.e., purchase) to perform the promised features, yet after activation - they remain nonfunctional.
In addition, PUAs can have heinous abilities that are usually not indicated in promotional material and/or download/installation setups. Some PUAs can force-open untrustworthy and malicious webpages. Adware-types run intrusive advertisement campaigns; in other words, they deliver various pop-ups, banners, surveys, coupons, and other ads.
Once clicked on, intrusive adverts redirect to dangerous sites and may be able to stealthily download/install software. Another type called browser hijacker operates by making modifications to browser settings and restricting/denying access to the browser settings - in order to promote fake search engines.
The promoted web searchers can rarely provide search results, so they redirect to Yahoo, Bing, Google, and other legitimate search engines. What is more, most PUAs (regardless of type and other functionalities) can track data.
They monitor browsing activity (URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries typed, etc.) and collect sensitive information extracted from it (IP addresses, geolocations, and other details). This data often contains personally identifiable information. PUA developers monetize the collected data by sharing it with and/or selling it to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals).
In summary, unwanted software can cause system infections, severe privacy issues, financial losses, and even lead to identity theft. To ensure device and user privacy, all suspicious applications and browser extensions/plug-ins must be removed immediately upon detection.
|Name||DriverScape potentially unwanted application|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||Missing/Outdated driver detection and installation/updating|
|Detection Names (installer)||DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.681), Fortinet (Riskware/Generic_PUA_ON), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/UwS.DriverToolkit.A), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DriverToolKit.b), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/DriverToolkit), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Detection Names (application)||DrWeb (Program.Unwanted.681), Fortinet (Riskware/Generic_PUA_ON), ESET-NOD32 (A Variant Of Win32/UwS.DriverToolkit.A), Kaspersky (Hoax.Win32.DriverToolKit.b), Malwarebytes (PUP.Optional.DriverToolkit), 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 Combo Cleaner.
Secure Driver Updater, BIOSAgentPlus, PCMate Free Driver Backup, and Driver Tuneup are some examples of PUAs similar to DriverScape. Unwanted applications can offer a broad range of "handy" functionalities (e.g., driver installation, threat/issue removal, system optimization, easy access tools for specific online content, and so on).
Despite how good the promised features may sound - they are usually nonoperational. Functionality and user safety are irrelevant, since the only goal of these apps is to generate profit for the developers. Therefore, instead of delivering on any promises, PUAs can cause redirects, run intrusive ad campaigns, hijack browsers, and collect private information.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Select PUAs (e.g., DriverScape) have "official" promotional/download webpages. However, these applications are more commonly downloaded/installed together with other programs. This false marketing method of packing regular software with unwanted or malicious additions - is called "bundling".
Rushed download/installation processes (e.g., ignored terms, used pre-set options, etc.) increase the risk of inadvertently allowing bundled content into the system. Intrusive advertisements proliferate PUAs as well. When clicked on, the ads can execute scripts to download/install this software without user permission.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is recommended to research software products prior to download/installation and/or purchase. All downloads must be done from official and verified sources. Untrustworthy download channels, e.g., unofficial and free file-hosting websites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks, and other third party downloaders - often offer harmful and/or bundled content.
Download and installation processes must be treated with caution. Therefore, it is important to read terms, explore all possible options, use the "Custom/Advanced" settings and opt-out from additional apps, tools, features, etc. Intrusive adverts appear ordinary; however, they redirect to highly questionable sites (e.g., gambling, pornography, adult-dating, and so on).
In case of encounters with such ads and/or redirects, the system must be inspected and all suspect applications and browser extensions/plug-ins detected - immediately removed from it. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
Appearance of DriverScape application (GIF):
Installation setup of DriverScape application:
Website promoting DriverScape application:
Instant automatic malware removal:
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- What is DriverScape?
- 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 "DriverScape" 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, DriverScape 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 driverscape 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 driverscape 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 driverscape 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 driverscape 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 driverscape potentially unwanted application from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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