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).
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:
Screenshot of the Driver Restore application:
Driver Restore application detected as potentially unwanted application by antivirus vendors:
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- What is Driver Restore?
- STEP 1. Uninstall Driver Restore application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove unwanted add-ons from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove malicious plug-ins from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue add-ons from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove unwanted extension from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Driver Restore PUP removal:
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 "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:
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 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.
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 "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
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 (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 "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
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, 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 driver restore potentially unwanted program, 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.