How to Uninstall Prime Updater (Removal Guide) Feb. 2019 Update

Parasite may reinstall itself multiple times if you don't delete its core files. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to scan for malicious programs installed with it. This may save you hours and cut down your time to about 15 minutes. 

Download SpyHunter Anti-Malware

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

How irritating is this problem? (2 votes, average: 4.50)

This page aims to help you remove Prime Updater. Our removal instructions work for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, as well as every version of Windows.

The text below is all about the famous annoyances known as browser hijackers in general as well as their particular representative Prime Updater. Such a page redirect could be able to affect and hijack all your browsing apps like Chrome, Explorer, Opera and Firefox.

In this article you will find all the information we have collected about these redirects’ ways of acting and their standard features, which could include:

  • Homepage/ search engine changes – this one is rather bothering since you are perhaps used to seeing one and the same browser homepage or search engine. This kind of a change may really be perceived as truly invasive.
  • Too many all-the-time popping up ads in all shapes and forms- there could simply appear too many advertisements – many more than the normal number that you are used to seeing every day while you are surfing the Internet. This effect may really spoil your online routines.
  • Often a kind of redirection may take place – you could be sent to different web platforms without specifically asking for that.

What does a browser hijacker represent really?

Any known hijacker, or a page redirect, is an agent t that could alter your device’s browser settings and send you to web locations that you have never intended to load. Tyically, browser hijackers might come bundled with other free programs. As a matter of fact-  you can download such a mix everywhere on the web. These bundles are free because they may possibly  include advertising programs like browser hijackers, which might produce some revenue for their creator once they are installed on the victim’s PC and start functioning in the way they are programmed to. Moreover – these browser hijackers as Prime Updater might indeed affect all the browsing apps, even the most widely-used ones, and you should never consider your system immune against such annoyances.

How to Uninstall Prime Updater Removal

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


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).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab (the “Details” Tab on Win 8 and 10). Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


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

Drag and Drop Files Here to Scan
Maximum file size: 128MB.

This scanner is free and will always remain free for our website's users. You can find its full-page version at:

Scan Results

Virus Scanner Result

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. 


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


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them.

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


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


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.

Open the start menu and search for Network Connections (On Windows 10 you just write it after clicking the Windows button), press enter.

  1. Right-click on the Network Adapter you are using —> Properties —> Internet Protocol Version 4 (ICP/IP), click  Properties.
  2. The DNS line should be set to Obtain DNS server automatically. If it is not, set it yourself.
  3. Click on Advanced —> the DNS tab. Remove everything here (if there is something) —> OK.



  • After you complete this step, the threat will be gone from your browsers. Finish the next step as well or it may reappear on a system reboot.

Right click on the browser’s shortcut —> Properties.

NOTE: We are showing Google Chrome, but you can do this for Firefox and IE (or Edge).


Properties —–> Shortcut. In Target, remove everything after .exe.

ie9-10_512x512  Remove Prime Updater from Internet Explorer:

Open IE, click  IE GEAR —–> Manage Add-ons.

pic 3

Find the threat —> Disable. Go to IE GEAR —–> Internet Options —> change the URL to whatever you use (if hijacked) —> Apply.

firefox-512 Remove Prime Updater from Firefox:

Open Firefoxclick  mozilla menu  ——-> Add-ons —-> Extensions.

pic 6

Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove Prime Updater from Chrome:

Close Chrome. Navigate to:

 C:/Users/!!!!USER NAME!!!!/AppData/Local/Google/Chrome/User Data. There is a Folder called “Default” inside:

Rename the Folder to Backup Default

Rename it to Backup Default. Restart Chrome.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter
a professional malware removal tool.

More information on SpyHunter, steps to uninstallEULAThreat Assessment Criteria, and Privacy Policy.

Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Inside, press CTRL and F together and type the threat’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 doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

How to recognize a page redirect such as Prime Updater:

We have already explained the possible effects of this kind of hijackers. You should know that in the majority of the cases such redirects are not malware representatives. No data theft  will occur and no file encryption could result from the presence of a redirect such as Prime Updater on your personal computer.

It is simple -your browsers’ homepages could get overridden, and whenever trying to open any of them, you may automatically be redirected to the web platforms advertised by the products such as Prime Updater.  Or it is possible that there may be a really big number of unwanted pop-ups coming at the moment when you are trying to surf the Internet, and even some irritating redirections are quite likely to be conducted. Still, the aims of these products are almost always promotion-driven. The creators of browser hijackers like Prime Updater are oftentimes generously paid to program these redirects to act in such a way so as to get paid by the people who offer web pages, products and services online that need to be promoted.

The sources most of the known browser hijacker might come from:

The majority of the browser hijacking products we are aware of may result from add-on software (or the so-called browser extensions), browser helper objects, or toolbars. Often, such items may enhance your experience on a web page by offering some interactive content, for example animations. Nonetheless, some add-on software may lead to the following outcome-  your computer may stop responding to your requests or begin showing content that you have never wanted to see when you are surfing the Internet like a great number of pop-up ads displayed and probably damaging your browsing activities..

The major sources of these annoying redirects usually is any of the so-called bundles-  which might contain add-ons, browser extensions, new apps and games that could fascinate you so much that you could really want to download such a free bundle. In spite of that, you need to learn how to install any program or a bundle into your system with the purpose to minimize the risks of getting infected by any hijacker.

How to stop page redirects like Prime Updater from being installed into your system:

It is simple- avoid all third-party software. Also, develop the habit of turning on your anti-virus tool feature that could detect Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs).

Nonetheless, the best piece of advice is to get used to the ways to install any software properly by selecting the features you want on your PC yourself. That is  possible in case you choose the Customized and the Advanced manners of installing any bundle or program into your personal computer. Ensure to go with these options whenever any installer wizard gets displayed. Then opt out of the programs and features you don’t want or don’t like.

How to get a browser hijacker removed successfully:

First of all – get rid of any add-ons you have recently installed into your system. Check for the presence of browser hijackers via running a trustworthy anti-malware tool regularly.  There are even some versions of page redirects that may get removed by simply uninstalling them via rge “Add or Remove Programs or Uninstall Programs” Windows feature you can find in the Control panel section. Nevertheless, some of the known hijackers could be far more resilient and demand some extra solutions just like the Removal Guide we have attached below. Use it and you will not regret that!  It should help you remove Prime Updater once and for all.


Name Prime Updater
Type  PUP
Danger Level Medium (nowhere near threats like Ransomware, but still a security risk)
Symptoms  Usually nothing dangerous, just some browser changes.
Distribution Method Hijackers are mostly found inside bundles and torrents. Also, possibly lurking inside spam letters.
Detection Tool

Leave a Comment