Slimware DriverUpdate Virus Software Removal (Oct. 2019 Update)

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

Recently, there have been reports about a software program named DriverUpdate where it is claimed that this piece of software possesses certain rather sketchy and undesirable features. DriverUpdate is developed by Slimware Utilities – a software company known for other apps such as Slimcleaner and SlimCleaner Plus, which are also programs that can be regarded as potentially unwanted. However, in this particular article, our main focus will be placed on the DriverUpdate tool and its main characteristics which make it undesirable. If you have this tool on your computer, our advise for you is to uninstall it using the guide from this page or the recommended professional removal program that has been posted below. DriverUpdate is a PUP (potentially unwanted program) and although it doesn’t normally threaten your machine in the same way that a Trojan Horse infection or a Ransomware cryptovirus could, it might still be a security hazard due to its potential for generation of intrusive and unreliable ads (more on that, later).

Some general information on DriverUpdate

According to the developers of this program, it’s main function is to automatically detect outdated drivers on your PC and update them for you as doing that would supposedly optimize your computer. All of this might sound very appealing and helpful but you should know that an update of your drivers is rather unlikely to actually affect the way your machine performs. Furthermore, driver updates are rarely necessary. The developers behind your machine would only release a new driver if there’s something that needs to be fixed (such as a given bug). If everything in your system functions just fine with no issues related to your hardware, there’s probably no need for any driver updates. This, in and of itself, makes the whole premise of installing DriverUpdate on your PC rather pointless. However, this isn’t where the reasons why this app might be unwanted end.

DriverUpdate 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:

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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. 


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:

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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 DriverUpdate from Internet Explorer:

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

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

firefox-512 Remove DriverUpdate from Firefox:

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

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Find the adware/malware —> Remove.
chrome-logo-transparent-backgroundRemove DriverUpdate 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
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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

Another thing to be mentioned about DriverUpdate (and about several other products by Slimware Utilities for that matter) is that oftentimes, this app might actually notify you about available updates that need to be immediately installed on your system in order to fix a certain serious issue (even if you see no issues with your PC whatsoever). Of course, this is a trick (or should we say a scam) used to lure users into installing more unnecessary software on their computer. This is, in fact, one of the main reasons why DriverUpdate is typically seen as undesirable. This program might indeed trick you into thinking that your computer needs an emergency update for it to be able to operate normally. Naturally, more gullible users would immediately fall for that and install whatever piece of unnecessary and maybe even potentially unwanted software DriverUpdate presents them with.

Also, the ads…

A typical trait of pretty much every type of unwanted software is the presence of an ads-generation feature. This also to DriverUpdate – this app too is likely going to try to spam you with different banners, pop-ups, nagging box messages and other similar types of advertising materials in order to promote other similar products and to earn extra revenue for its creators. Naturally, the ads would not cease to show up on your screen until the pesky app isn’t removed from the computer. As you can see, the guide on this page can help you with that – just follow the instructions or make use of the suggested removal program and uninstall the nagging software so that it doesn’t flood your screen with different obnoxious and unnecessary advertisements. Note that some of its ads might actually be quite aggressive and also quite misleading. Oftentimes an advert displayed by DriverUpdate might actually look like a warning notification or a download request that might even claim your PC is in danger and that you need to install a given software tool in order to remove the supposed threat (which is almost certainly non-existent). Again, there are a lot of users who would fall for that. Furthermore, if you interact with such a request and try to download the software in question, you might find out that it is actually a paid product and you might get tricked into buying something you don’t really need as it would be supposed to resolve an issue in your PC that your machine doesn’t really have.

All in all, removing such apps and avoiding them afterwards is important in order to keep your machine clean and safe. It’s best if you only download stuff from reliable software sources and that you always check the Advanced setup menus when trying to install a new program due to the fact that most PUPs could get distributed by being bundled to other software programs. Also, remember to keep away from any form of spam and from any type of obscure and suspicious websites that might compromise the safety of your PC.


Name DriverUpdate
Type  Adware/Browser Hijacker
Danger Level PUP (not particularly dangerous but still undesirable)
Symptoms  You might get notifications about updates that are required to your browsers (but such that you don’t really need).
Distribution Method This app could get distributed via its official site or through file bundles.
Detection Tool

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!

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