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Quick Driver Updater
Quick Driver Updater is a Trojan horse infection that has been used by people with malicious intentions to perform harmful activities on your computer. Quick Driver Updater can provide its creators with remote access to the entire system and let them mess with it the way they want. Trojans are among the most malicious programs you might come across.
They are the hackers’ most multifunctional weapons. Furthermore, the Trojans’ functionality is so diverse that you may never be aware of the intent of the particular Trojan that has compromised you until some of its possible malicious effects take place. So, in a way, you can consider yourself fortunate to have detected Quick Driver Updater because now, all that you have to do is to remove it on time before it unleashes its full malicious potential upon your computer. The removal guide below can help you with this uneasy task, so make sure you check it out and get rid of the Trojan as soon as possible.
Like any other Trojan-based threat Quick Driver Updater can have many different uses, each of which is very intrusive or harmful. The following list includes only a few which our experts see as the most common.
Quick Driver Updater and Trojans
– Trojans may act as data thieves – this means that there is actually no secure data or information on the infected computer. The Trojan could record your keystrokes or literally spy on you via your web camera. This can allow the hackers behind the infection to abuse you and stalk you. In some cases, the crooks could be focused on your company’s secrets and, if your computer is part of your network, they can use the Trojan to find a way of hacking it. The hackers could also be able to steal your passwords and empty your bank accounts with the help of the sensitive information that the Trojan can provide them with. Your social media accounts may also be a target of the cyber-criminals – they may want to steal your identity or hack into your profiles and perform criminal deeds on your behalf.
– Trojans can distribute other viruses – a threat like Quick Driver Updater can serve as a backdoor to a whole arsenal of malicious programs including Ransomware, Spyware, and RootKits. The role of the Trojan is usually to identify which programs in your system have vulnerabilities that can be exploited. These could be outdated security programs or the absence of anti-virus software, as well as outdated applications and system security patches. If such a weak spot is detected, it can easily be turned into an open gate for a variety of harmful programs.
– A Trojan can modify system registry keys and modify data. This horrible thing could be a lot of fun for the criminals who have control over the infection. They can set the Trojan to delete your disk content or to crash your entire device and this way make your computer useless.
– A Trojan can turn your computer into a bot. When a computer becomes a bot, it starts performing remote commands which have not been initiated by you but by the criminals who control it. For instance, the bot machine can start sending spam or perform an illegal activity on your behalf, without you doing anything.
Again, we remind you that these potential uses are just the most common ones, but your specific case could be quite different. That’s why it is a good idea to remove Quick Driver Updater immediately, without waiting for it to reveal its malicious purpose.
The best way to do that is to use a professional removal tool (such as the one on this page) because in this way you can scan your entire computer and remove any hidden components related to the Trojan. Another way to deal with the infection is to delete it manually and in this case, you will definitely need to use a detailed removal guide like the one we’ve compiled for you on this page.
How to Remove Quick Driver Updater Virus
The first and easiest way to remove this virus is to uninstall the app that has brought it into your system from the Control Panel. If this method works out for you, you won’t need to go any further into the guide and try the more advanced removal steps.
First, you will need to access the Control Panel on your computer – you can do that by simply typing Control Panel inside the search field under the Start Menu. The first result that shows up should be the icon for the Control Panel – you must click on it.
Next, find where it says Uninstall a Program and select that.
A list of all the programs and applications that have been installed on your PC should now be in front of you. It is likely that the software responsible for the Quick Driver Updater infection would be listed there. Look for any suspicious entries in the list but do not expect to see the Quick Driver Updater name there. To help yourself with the search, it would be a good idea to click on “ Installed On” to sort the items by installation date so that the ones installed most recently would be shown at the top of the list. If the malware infection has occurred recently, the app/program responsible for it would likely be closer to the top.
Once you think you have figured out which item from the list is the potential culprit, select it and then click on the button at the top that says Uninstall/Change.
Follow the prompts from the uninstallation wizard that will likely open but remember to NOT CLICK YES if this dialog box pops-up on your screen:
This is intended to trick you into installing more malware and/or unwanted software on your computer so you must select the NO option.
After you are done with the uninstallation, you must restart the computer so that any changes made to the system would be applied. If after that the malware still seems to be present on the computer, please, refer to the steps that will be listed below.
A good rule of thumb when troubleshooting any problem on your computer is to do it from within Safe Mode. Therefore, the first step here would be to enable Safe Mode on your PC. When Safe Mode is enabled on a computer, only the most important and essential processes are allowed to run, hopefully leaving anything that may be related to the problem disabled. If you are not sure how you can enable Safe Mode on your machine, follow the steps from this guide.
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Now, onto the actual removal of the Quick Driver Updater, the first thing you must do is go to the Task Manager app. There are many ways to do this but the quickest one is to press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc key combination. Look at the different tabs in the Task Manager and open the one labeled Processes. There will be a list of all the processes that are currently running on your computer and, more than likely, one or more of them would be coming from the Quick Driver Updater virus. Again, don’t expect to see the exact name of the virus in there, instead, search for processes that consume lots of RAM or CPU and that don’t seem to be related to any of the programs you are currently running.
Note that some of the processes there are important system ones so always make sure to first Google the name of each process you deem suspicious to rule out the possibility of it being a system-related one before you stop it or delete its source.
Once you think you have pinned down the culprit process(es), right-click on it and Open its File Location. All of the files located in the folder that opens should be checked for malware. For that purpose, you can use the free online malware scanner that we offer on our site:
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If the scanner detects malware in any of the files, delete those files and the folder they were contained in. The go back to the process that lead you to that folder, right-click on it and select the End Process option.
Bear in mind that no scanner is flawless and if the threat is a new one, it may not be able to pick up its malicious code. Therefore, if you are certain a given file or folder is in some way linked to the Quick Driver Updater Trojan, be sure to delete it even if the malware scanner doesn’t flag it as a threat.
The next step is to disable any startup items that may e linked to the infection. You can do that from the System Configuration app. To access it, simply type system configuration under the Start Menu and hit Enter. Then click on the tab labeled Startup and look through the items listed there. Again, look for questionable and suspicious entries or ones that have an “ Unknown” manufacturer.
Select all items from the Startup list and then remove the tick next to their name. Select Apply and then click on OK to complete the action.
Now, copy-paste the next line inside the search box of the Start Menu and press the Enter key: notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts. Doing this will open the Hosts file for your computer that oftentimes gets hacked if a virus enters the computer. The way you know the Hosts file is hacked is by looking under where it says “Localhost” – if there are any IPs listed below it, it means that it has likely been hacked by the malware. However, sometimes, legitimate programs also make modifications to this file and add their own IPs so its best to tell us in the comments if and what IP entries you have under “Localhost” so that we can tell you if they could be linked to the virus.
If we tell you that the IPs are potentially malicious or even without asking us you can tell by yourself that they seem suspicious and are probably coming from the malware, delete them from the Hosts text file and then press Ctrl + S to save the changes you’ve made to the file.
This final step will involve using a system app called the Registry Editor. In it, you can find lots of important and very sensitive system settings that mustn’t be tampered with. Therefore, it is important that you proceed with extreme caution and only delete items if you are certain that they are not related to any system settings and data. If you are not certain about anything here, it’s best to ask us about it in the comments section before doing anything.
First, type regedit in the Start Menu and open the first item shown in the results. You will probably be asked to provide your admin permission to allow the app to make changes to the system – click on the Yes option.
Once in the Editor, click on the Edit menu and then select the Find option. In the little search box that pops-up, type the name of the virus and click on Find Next. Delete anything that gets found and then click again on Find next to see if there are any other items related to the malware. Rinse and repeat until no more items named Quick Driver Updater remain.
Afterwards, manually find the next locations in the Registry Editor and look for folders there that have suspicious-looking names. Trojans like Quick Driver Updater oftentimes name their Registry folders with odd names that represent long strings of letters and/or numbers, which usually stands out and is easy to notice. Delete any folder in those locations that you think may have anything to do with the Trojan. If you are unsure if a given folder must be deleted, it’s best to consult us through the comments section.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > *Suspiciously-named folder*
HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Run > *Suspiciously-named folder*
HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Internet Explorer > Main > *Suspiciously-named folder*