Driver Update virus
The Driver Update virus (also found as the DriverUpdate virus, DriverUpdate by SlimWare Utilities Inc. virus) is a potentially unwanted program (PUP) or potential malware found in the scareware (rogue software) and spyware categories of computer infections.
Driver Update is promoted as a free download that allows users to scan for driver errors and driver updates. However Driver Update malware has been reported to display misleading scan results in order to get users to purchase their software. In a study, every scan we initiated resulted with “out of date drivers” even though the drivers were up-to-date. It should also be noted that updating your drivers are free and there is really no need to purchase software to do this for you.
DriverUpdate is also an ad-supported program that displays advertisements across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Furthermore, Driver Update scareware displays pop-up notifications on Windows Desktop, often claiming that updates are available.
Although Driver Update is not technically a computer virus by definition, this program has been reported to utilize aggressive and/or unethical marketing practices in order to collect user information and potentially generate customers.
For example. DriverUpdate software may claim that the out-of-date or missing drivers it detected in a scan can can cause problems, system slowdowns, and bluescreen errors when this may not be the case.
Many users have claimed that DriverUpdate installed to their computer running the Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 Operating Systems without their direct consent or knowledge.
Driver Update, alike many programs found to be unethical brandishes the Microsoft Gold Certified Partner logo. It should be noted that this logo is not an endorsement from Microsoft and that even you can get one of these certifications. These certifications are also defined to a geographic location, meaning the certification may only be valid in 1 country (and usually not the country it’s promoted in). This certification may also not include the software, but only the company name.
How to remove Driver Update
- Remove Driver Update with Malwarebytes
- Perform a second-opinion scan with HitmanPro
- Uninstall unwanted programs from Windows
- Remove unwanted browser add-ons and extensions
- Cleanup junk and repair your settings with CCleaner
1. Remove Driver Update 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. Uninstall unwanted programs from Windows
1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.
2. In the Programs section click Uninstall a program. In earlier versions of Windows this is listed as “Add and remove programs.”
3. Search for Driver Update in the list of installed programs and double click it to initiate the manual uninstall process. If you cannot find the program than it was successfully removed in previous steps.
4. Once you have uninstalled Driver Update, search for other unwanted programs that may be installed on your computer and uninstall them as well.
4. Remove unwanted browser add-ons and extensions
1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon and go to More tools > Extensions.
2. Search for the unwanted extension in the list and click the trashcan icon.
1. Open the Menu and click Add-ons.
2. Search for the unwanted add-on and click Remove.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
1. Go to Tools (Alt+X) and click Manage add-ons.
2. Search for the unwanted add-on in the list, select it with your mouse, and click Remove.
1. Go to Safari > Preferences > Extensions.
2. Search for the unwanted extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.
5. Cleanup junk and repair your 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