Driver Tuneup Removal (August 2017 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Driver Tuneup. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

We have been receiving inquiries from our readers lately regarding a program titled Driver Tuneup. What most people are asking about essentially is whether or not they can trust this program and whether it does what it’s marketed to do. Some, who have already had the software installed on their machines have been experiencing some rather weird behavior and have also been wondering if this is normal and if there’s something they can do about it. And others are considering downloading and installing the program in question to make better use of their computers and have a more optimal experience with them. Well, this article is dedicated to answering all those questions and more. And better yet, for those of you who have made up their mind on removing Driver Tuneup we will also provide detailed instructions on how to do so in the removal guide below.

What is Driver Tuneup and what is it meant to do?

Driver Tuneup is a program that is marketed as a PC optimization tool. The point of having it on your computer is so that you can be notified about the availability of new fixes and patches for your drivers once they are released. Besides that, this piece of software is also intended to allow you to make backups of your drivers, so you can potentially recover them at a later stage if necessary. And also, you will with its help be able to install any driver updates from sources that are considered reliable. There is, however, a catch to all of this. At first when you download and install Driver Tuneup, you will be able to benefit from its trial version. And, as it goes, the trial version is fairly limited in comparison to the Premium version of the program.

The former will allow you to set scans for updated drivers, as well as download updates for drivers that are already installed and make backups for those. If you would like to benefit from additional functions and features of the software, you will be required to purchase a license key for it. This license key is set to be on the price of 19.95 USD. However, if you do go as far as to buy the full version, be sure to read the Terms and Conditions of the license before you agree to purchasing it.

Driver Tuneup Removal


 

Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

malware-start-taskbar

Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

Step3

Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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Step4

Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

Step5

WARNING!
To remove parasite, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. Making a mistake and deleting the wrong thing may damage your system.
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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

It’s always the fine print that determines how badly someone would like to screw you over. And in this case, that often means that you will be billed annually for the use of the software, whether you like it or not. The price can range from 11 to 15 USD, which may not seem like much, but if it’s not something you knew about – it can still be pretty annoying. What’s more, reports of some users say that cancelling the subscription can often be a task of its own. In order to do so, you will need to call the company’s tech support line under +31-08-58882839 and confirm to them that you would like to cancel and potentially deal with rather slow service on their end.

Furthermore, before installing this program, you should also be sure to check with the advanced settings of the setup. This is a general rule when installing any kind of software at all, because there may be certain hidden features or added components that you will otherwise not become aware of. But Driver Tuneup specifically has been known to sometimes be bundled with bloatware, and that’s not something you would like to deal with. Bloatware is any type of essentially useless software that simply takes up disk space on your computer without providing any real functionality to justify that. So, accessing the advanced settings and thus customizing the installation process yourself will in most cases provide you with the necessary information about added components. Furthermore, you will also likely be able to remove them from the list of programs that are to be installed, so you won’t have to deal with any unwanted surprised later on.

But for those of you, who’ve already installed Driver Tuneup and have decided that they’d rather not having anything to do with it, please proceed to the removal guide below. You can also make us of the professional scanning tool below, which will do the job for you in just a few minutes.

SUMMARY:

Name Driver Tuneup
Type PUP
Danger Level Low
Symptoms An infection with any added bloatware will usually surface in the form of sluggishness, compromised PC performance, ads in your browser and reduced disk space.
Distribution Method Available for download from the official website of the manufacturer.
Detection Tool We generally recommend SpyHunter or a similar anti-malware program that is updated daily.

Keep in mind, SpyHunter’s malware detection tool is free. To remove the infection, you’ll need to purchase the full version.
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