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Driver Restore Unwanted Application

Also Known As: Driver Restore potentially unwanted program
Type: Utilities
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Driver Restore removal instructions

What is Driver Restore?

Driver Restore claims to maximize the computer performance by keeping all drivers up-to-date. This functionality might seem legitimate and useful, however, Driver Restore is distributed as a third party app and is, thus, classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP).

Driver Restore unwanted application

Potentially unwanted programs often track Internet browsing activity and deliver intrusive content-concealing advertisements. Note that collected information (IP addresses, geo-location, website URLs visited, pages viewed, search queries, etc.) might contain personally identifiable details. Furthermore, gathered data is shared with third party companies who are likely to misuse personal details to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. In addition, banner, search, pop-up, interstitial, full-page, in-text, transitional, and other similar intrusive advertisements, often redirect users to malicious websites containing infectious content - clicking them risks to further adware or malware infections. Although Driver Restore poses no direct threat to users' privacy/Internet browsing safety, it is categorized as a potentially unwanted program, since it might diminish computer performance. For these reasons, you should consider uninstalling it.

Research shows that there are hundreds of bogus applications that falsely claim to enhance the Internet browsing experience. By giving fake promises, these apps attempt to trick users to install. After successfully infiltrating the system, however, they provide no real value. Bogus applications cause unwanted browser redirects and track Internet browsing activity, thereby putting users' privacy and Internet browsing safety at risk.

How did Driver Restore install on my computer?

Driver Restore is often distributed as a 'bundle' with other software. The developers know that many users do not express enough caution when downloading and installing software. Therefore, they conceal potentially unwanted programs within the 'Custom/Advanced' download or installation settings. Many users skip this section, often leading to inadvertent installation of PUPs. In doing so, they expose their systems to risk of infection and compromise their privacy.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

To prevent installation of potentially unwanted programs, be attentive during the download and installation processes. Closely analyze each step using the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings. Furthermore, decline all offers to download or install additional applications, and opt-out of those already included, since it is highly probably that bundled software will be malicious.

Deceptive free software installer distributing Driver Restore PUP:

Delusive installer promoting Driver Restore

Screenshot of the Driver Restore application:

Potentially unwanted program Driver Restore

Driver Restore application detected as potentially unwanted application by antivirus vendors:

driver restore pup detections

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Quick menu:

Driver Restore PUP removal:

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.

Driver Restore adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for "Driver Restore", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove Driver Restore PUP from Internet browsers:

At time of research, Driver Restore did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Driver Restore ads 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 Driver Restore ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the driver restore potentially unwanted program, 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

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Driver Restore  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome options icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Driver Restore ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the driver restore potentially unwanted program, 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 plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Driver Restore ads 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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Driver Restore ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with driver restore potentially unwanted program 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 driver restore potentially unwanted program, 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.

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Medium threat activity

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