These Driver Booster removal steps show you how to remove Driver Booster virus, malware, and other threats from your computer and browser.
Driver Booster by Energizersoft Tech is promoted as a Windows Driver Updater program that scans for available driver updates and updates outdated drivers. However, Driver Booster is very deceptive and is recognized as a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) by various computer security vendors including Malwarebytes.
Once Driver Booster is installed it will begin to scan your computer for outdated drivers. When the scan is complete you will not be able to use the program to install available driver updates unless you subscribe to the full program named Driver Booster Pro.
The way Driver Booster is distributed is a very big concern. It is often promoted and advertised on malicious websites and websites that contain malicious advertisements.
Some advertisements that promote Driver Booster are also dishonest, deceptive, and misleading. For example, the image above is a Driver Booster advertisement. The advertisement is blatantly dishonest and says “Warning: Your computer has been infected (7 viruses)!” and further states other nonsense like “Viruses will soon damage the hard drive and delete all your files!.” In reality, this is not the case. The only purpose of this shameless advertisement is to scam internet users into believing their computers are infected with viruses so that they will download the PCBoosterSetup.exe file and possibly purchase a subscription to the Driver Booster program once it is installed.
Driver Booster (Virus Removal Steps)
Follow each step to completely remove Driver Booster and other threats from your computer.
1. Scan your computer with Malwarebytes
2. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.
3. Once the Malwarebytes scan is complete click the Remove Selected button.
4. To finish the Malwarebytes scan and remove detected threats click the Finish button and restart your computer if promoted to do so.
2. Perform a second-opinon scan with HitmanPro
2. Open HitmanPro and click Next to start scanning your computer. *If you are using the free version you may chose to create a copy or perform a one-time scan.
3. Once the HitmanPro scan is complete click the Next button.
4. To activate the free version of HitmanPro: enter your email address twice and click the Activate button.
5. Click the Reboot button.
3. Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner
2. Open CCleaner and go to the main Cleaner screen. Click the Analyze button. When the process is complete, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.
3. Go to Tools > Startup and search for suspicious entries in each tab starting from Windows all the way to Content Menu. If you find anything suspicious click it and click the Delete button to remove it.
4. Go to the Registry window and click the Scan for Issues button. When the scan is complete click the Fix selected issues… button and click Fix All Selected Issues.
How to stay protected against future infections
The key to staying protected against future infections is to follow common online guidelines and take advantage of reputable Antivirus and Anti-Malware security software with real-time protection.
Real-time security software
Security software like Malwarebytes and Norton Security have real-time features that can block malicious files before they spread across your computer. These programs bundled together can establish a wall between your computer and cyber criminals.
Common Online Guidelines
- Backup your computer and personal files to an external drive or online backup service
- Create a restore point on your computer in case you need to restore your computer to a date before infection
- Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs you are not familiar with
- Avoid downloading and installing apps, browser extensions, and programs from websites you are not familiar with – some websites use their own download manager to bundle additional programs with the initial download
- If you plan to download and install freeware, open source software, or shareware make sure to be alert when you install the object and read all the instructions presented by the download manager
- Avoid torrents and P2P clients
- Do not open email messages from senders you do not know