How to Remove DriverUpdate

DriverUpdate is tagged as a potentially unwanted program due to the invasive technique used in order to gain access to the target computer. Adware or unwanted programs like this one normally come bundled with other software. It usually invites victims through pop-up pages from driverupdate.net stating the following message:

Download the Driver Update Utility to scan and identify out-of-date or missing Windows Drivers. Update your PC with the correct Windows Drivers.”

When you see the above pop-up alerts, it only states that the computer is compromised with adware promoting the said program. You may have obtained the adware from various software downloads, especially freeware or shareware apps. Links from social media sites and spam email messages pretending to be from your trusted contacts likewise lead to DriverUpdate adware infection.

To some, DriverUpdate is just a scam. It pops up a warning, reporting that outdated drivers can lead to serious damage to the PC. But once you download the program and have it installed, the same scan is produced. However, this time, DriverUpdate demands that you register the software in order for the update to commence. Overall, the technique used by DriverUpdate makers is very similar to fake antivirus programs that have been around for quite some time.

Removing an unwanted add-on or extension from the browser may stop pop-ups coming from driverupdate.net. If the DriverUpdate scanner program is already loaded into the computer, you can simply uninstall it through Add/Remove program in Windows under Control Panel.

Image of DriverUpdate Wesbite Driver Update Screenshot

DriverUpdate Removal Procedure

Below is a systematic instruction that is very useful in getting rid of rogue program on compromised Windows computers. Aside from removing the unwanted application, this guide is also helpful for deleting associated adware and malware. In order to totally eliminate the threat, it is vital to follow the process in exact manner.

Step 1 : Scan the PC with Combo Cleaner for Windows

Combo Cleaner is a trusted PC security and optimization tool equipped with a powerful virus and malware detection engine. This program can get rid of adware like DriverUpdate through this procedure.

1. Download the application from the following page:

2. Save the file to your preferred location.

3. Double-click the downloaded file CCSetup.exe and install with the default settings.

4. At the end of the setup process, click Finish to run Combo Cleaner.

5. The tool will update the database file; please wait for this process to complete.

6. To begin checking for threats like DriverUpdate, click on the Start Scan button. Wait for this scan to finish.

Screenshot of Combo Cleaner PC

7. At the end of the scan process, click on Remove all threats to delete DriverUpdate hijacker, including all malicious objects from the computer.

To fully optimize the features of antivirus and privacy scanners, users may have to upgrade to the premium version.

Please continue with the succeeding removal procedures if you are comfortable manually getting rid of the threat and malicious items linked to it.

Step 2 : End the running process of DriverUpdate

1. On your keyboard, press Ctrl + Alt + Del to open Task Manager. Alternatively, you can right-click on the Windows Taskbar and click on Task Manager from the list.

2. When Task Manager opens, be sure that you are viewing the Processes tab. Select DriverUpdate or a suspicious item. If it is in disguise as a different program, please take note of the malware name, as we will have to uninstall it later.

Screenshot of Task Manager

3. Next, click on End Task button located on the upper part of the window.

4. You may now close Task Manager and proceed with the next step.

Step 3 : Uninstall DriverUpdate from Windows

1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key + R. Type the appwiz.cpl command and click OK.

Screenshot of Run Command

2. The Program and Features window will open. Arrange the list in a chronological manner, with recently installed applications on top. To do this, click on the 'Installed On' column.

Screenshot of Program and Featires

3. Select DriverUpdate or a recently installed suspicious entry from the list.

4. Click on Uninstall to remove it from the Windows system.

Step 4 : Verify by Running Sophos Home

Ensure that the computer is already free from adware, malware, or viruses by running another scan using Sophos. This is an effective antivirus tool that can detect malicious items other security software failed to identify.

1. Please click on the link below to download the program.

2. After downloading, locate the file SophosInstall.exe in the Downloads folder.

3. Install by double-clicking on the file.

4. If it prompts "Do you want to allow this app to make changes on your device?" please click Yes.

5. Next, it will display the Terms and Conditions page. Click the Install button to begin.

Screenshot of Terms by Sophos Home

6. Run the installation with the default settings. Please note that an internet connection is required in order to download important updates.

7. After finishing the installation, you must login to the dashboard. If you already have a Sophos account, please login. Otherwise, please enter your details and click on the Create Account button.

8. Once you are in the Sophos Home console, click the Scan button to start checking the computer for DriverUpdate components.

Screenshot of Sophos Home

9. Scanning may take a while; please wait for this process to finish.

10. After scanning the computer, Sophos Home will start cleaning or deleting files infected with DriverUpdate.

11. You may now close Sophos Home. The computer is now free from DriverUpdate, as well as associated malware and viruses.

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4 thoughts on “How to Remove DriverUpdate”

  1. have tried all suggestions to remove driver update but still get a pop up bottomright hand corner where the clock is

  2. diamondminerHD RPG GAMER

    I am messing with their support team, the crap they come out with is 10/10

  3. Please remove Driver Updates from my computer. It is a scam, and stalls what I am working on. I have tried to clear this this and it still is here. It was wrongly selected to get another enter to be placed.

  4. Anthony Kowalski

    Can you please help me? I bought driver update and now I have to pay every time I use it.

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