How to remove UpdateAdmin (Virus Removal Guide)

UpdateAdmin by DownloadAdmin (also referred to as the UpdateAdmin virus or Update Admin) is a potentially unwanted program and adware that was recently brought to our attention. UpdateAdmin adware is known to be deceptive and intrusive. It can access a computer system and attach to affected internet browsers without user consent or knowledge. UpdateAdmin is primarily used to serve pop-up advertisements across Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari but it may also update third-party unwanted programs and adware, as well as automatically install third-party software without detection in the background.

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What is UpdateAdmin?

UpdateAdmin adware and similar programs are usually self promoted as free shopping applications that can be used to help internet users find online coupons and deals.

UpdateAdmin serves ‘targeted’ advertisements to users while they browse the internet. This is a privacy concern because targeted advertisements can only be produced by the adware if it has access to user browsing data, such as  all browsing activities, bookmarks, app data, and browser history. This information is observed and used to generate advertisements it feels users are most likely to click on.

Furthermore, UpdateAdmin bundles with additional unwanted programs, malware, and other possible malicious threats. This means that it might be necessary to uninstall multiple programs from Windows and remove multiple browser add-ons and extensions from Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. Many of these programs can not easily be found on a computer system without third-party security software.

Third-party programs and malware that can bundle with UpdateAdmin adware will cause other issues aside from pop-up advertisements. Other issues include unwanted browser redirections to sponsored webpages, like Jogostempo.com, corrupted computer productivity, and decreased internet speed.

UpdateAdmin adware and the additional programs that it bundles with also manufacture new tasks and change existing Windows start-up settings in order to run every time the operating system starts and remain enabled if disabled by the user. Programs and browser attachments that may arrive with this deceptive piece of adware can also cause other issues for computer and internet users aside from pop-up advertisements, including browser redirections and a loss in computer functionality and internet connectivity. Furthermore, if UpdateAdmin is manually removed, it is possibly that the adware or another one in its place will return before a week has passed.

How did UpdateAdmin get on my computer?

UpdateAdmin adware is usually automatically contracted without consent or knowledge of the computer user alongside third-party programs and files, such as freeware, shareware, torrent files, and other free downloadable content. The PUPs and files that deliver the adware can be introduced to a computer system and affected internet browsers with or without user authorization.

Computer and internet users who seek to download and install free programs and files online may be presented with an opportunity to accept or decline a ‘custom’ offer to install UpdateAdmin adware and other programs during the setup and installation process. However, the request to decline UpdateAdmin adware from installing is often presented in a very confusing manner. In some cases, the download manager may completely ignore the user request to decline UpdateAdmin from installing and the adware will install against user consent and knowledge.

UpdateAdmin Removal Guide

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Step 1: Remove UpdateAdmin extensions

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Google Chrome

1. Click the Customize and control Google Chrome icon on the top menu and navigate to More tools > Extensions.

2. Search for the UpdateAdmin extension in the list. Remove unwanted browser extensions individually by clicking the trashcan icon next to each one.

Mozilla Firefox

1. Type Ctrl+Shift+A.

2. Search for the UpdateAdmin add-ons on the Extensions and Plugin tab. Highlight each one individually and click remove.

Apple Safari

1. Click Safari and go to Preferences > Extensions.

2.  Find the UpdateAdmin extension in the list and click the Uninstall button.

Step 2: Uninstall UpdateAdmin from Windows

1. Open Windows Start Menu and go to the Control Panel.

2. On Windows Control Panel, click Uninstall a program or Add and remove a program in the Programs section.

3. Search for UpdateAdmin and other unwanted programs in the list of installed programs. Once an unwanted program is located, double click the item or select it with your mouse and click the Uninstall button. If you can not find this program in the list of installed program please see steps 3 and 4 below.

Step 3: Remove UpdateAdmin virus with Malwarebytes

1. Download and install the free or full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The full version enables real-time protection to block malware and unwanted programs from infecting your computer, while the free version is just a free scan and removal tool.

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2. Open the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware program.

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3. Click the large Scan Now button or visit the “Scan” tab to manually run a scan.

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4. When the malware scan is complete you will notice a list of potentially malicious files. Click the Remove Selected button, then click Finish, and reboot your computer.

If you are still having issues with malware it is recommended to download and install a second opinion scanner such as HitmanPro by Surfright to eradicate existing malicious files and automatically repair corrupted settings.

Step 4: Cleanup and repair settings with CCleaner

1. Download and install the free or full version of CCleaner by Piriform.

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2. Open the program and go to Cleaner and click the Analyze button. After files and have been analyzed, click the Run Cleaner button on the bottom right of the program interface.

3. Go to Registry and click Scan for Issues. When the scan is complete click Fix selected issues… and then click the Fix All Selected Issues button.

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4. Go to to Tools > Startup and search through each tab starting from Windows, Internet Explorer, all the way to Context Menu, for additional suspicious entries and click  Delete once anything suspicious is found to remove it.

If you are still experiencing issues removing potential UpdateAdmin malware after using this removal guide we recommend to perform a system restore/recovery or a reset/refresh for Windows 8.

Sean Doyle

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Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.