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Remove Driver Navigator (Removal Guide) - Sep 2017 update

removal by Jake Doevan - -   Also known as Driver Navigator virus | Type: System tools

Things to consider before using Driver Navigator

Driver Navigator PUP

Driver Navigator by Easeware is an untrustworthy system tool that claims to be designed to detect problems in device drivers and fix them automatically. While this potentially unwanted program[1] cannot be called a virus, experts suggest keeping a distance from it. It is one of system tools that are offered for helping people update their drivers. Unfortunately, you should still be careful with this application because it you can trick you into spending your money on nothing.

If you know that this program appeared on your computer after downloading it from its official website, it's fine. However, there are hundreds of people who report about unwanted appearance of Driver Navigator virus on their computers.[2]

In this case, you should know that drivernavigator.exe and similar files infiltrated your machine in a bundle with freeware. This is the main way used by the program's developers to spread the trial version on the Internet.

Fortunately, you can avoid the need to remove Driver Navigator with the help of Reimage or other security program. For that you just need to stay focused during the installation of free software. More information about this process is provided in further paragraphs.

The first sign indicating that this optimization tool might have got installed on your PC is a serious system slowdown and continuous redirects to drivernavigator(dot)com during your browsing. In addition to that, this dubious application adds a Windows Task Scheduler, launches system scan, and supposedly looks for system errors and outdated drivers.

Of course, scan results inform about hundreds of issues. Unfortunately, you have to keep in mind that these results are typically filled with random files from your computer which removal or updating would hardly improve your PC's performance.

They are used to trick you into believing that Driver Navigator EaseWare is a reliable tool and that you need to buy its full license (for 39.95$) in order to fix drivers and other errors. DO NOT buy the license first of all because it is useless.

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Driver Navigator is an untrustworthy system tool that we do not recommend using. In addition, purchasing the full version of it might be a waste of money.

Besides, keep in mind that for buying it you will be asked to disclose your full name, credit card details, and other similar information. To prevent possible inconveniences you might have to deal with after interacting with the described virtual annoyance, you must think about Driver Navigator removal. We and security experts from[3] recommend using Reimage software to clean your computer from unwanted programs.

Find out how did this program sneak into your computer

As we have already mentioned in the previous paragraph, fake DriverNavigator alerts and scans can start appearing as if out of nowhere. Be aware that Easeware (the developer of this program) has been actively using “bundling” as the main distribution method of the trial version of this app.

Of course, the main aim of Driver Navigator hijack is their expectations to trick people into buying the licensed version of this software. If you want to prevent infiltration of suspicious apps, you should start paying more attention to the installation process of free programs.

No matter if you are about to install a well-known program or an unfamiliar software, either way you should select Advanced or Custom installation option and carefully check the entire installation process. The most important thing is to check every check box and opt out of 'optional downloads', such as various browser add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, and extensions.

If you will do everything correctly, the chances that you will install Driver Navigator or another similar program is very low. Research has show that this dubious optimization tool is mainly prevalent in the United States, Canada and Hungary.

However, it does not mean that computers that are located in other regions cannot be affected as well. Therefore, we highly recommend to surf the net carefully and always keep your guard up.

The answers you have been looking for

Question. I have been looking for free Driver Navigator license key so that I could download and install the full software version on my computer. Is there a way to crack this program safely?

Answer: Unfortunately, we do not recommend you to attempt to install licensed software version for free. Nowadays, cybercriminals tend to use such software packs to inject spyware or malware type applications in them. Consequently, users looking for free licensed software versions can end up installing malware on their computers.

If you were looking for “Driver Navigator with crack free download,” most likely you came across many suspicious-looking websites offering you to obtain the full version of the described software illegally.

We hope that you did not install anything from them on your computer. Otherwise, your security is at risk. In such situation, we highly recommend testing your system with anti-malware software such as Reimage.

Question. Driver Navigator showed up this morning despite that I have never attempted to install it on my computer. Is there an explanation for this? Since when programs just appear on my computer without asking my permission?

Answer: You could install Driver Navigator virus unknowingly. Typically, it travels in a bundle with freeware that you can download from various file sharing networks and sites. Be careful when installing free software and do not forget to drop unwanted items before hitting the “Install” button.

In most cases, suggestions to add unwanted free additions hide behind Default/Standard installation settings. There is no secret that users tend to rely on these settings since they are offered by the setup. For some reason, Custom/Advanced settings scare many computer users, and that is why they miss the chance to drop unwanted extras.

Your question implies that you are looking for instructions on how to remove Driver Navigator. You can find a full-length removal guide right below the article.

Two simple ways to remove Driver Navigator

If DriverNavigator has already started its fake scans, you should take needed actions to stop them from appearing. Please, make sure you ignore these warning messages because they have nothing to do with the optimization of your computer. For manual Driver Navigator removal, follow the instructions provided right below the article.

However, we recommend running a full system scan with updated security software to make sure that your PC is free of viruses that might have been causing system slowdowns and other problems. Also, you will get a chance to ensure that you managed to remove Driver Navigator completely. For that, you can use one of the software variants listed down below.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner, Malwarebytes. We recommend these applications because they detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove Driver Navigator, follow these steps:

Erase Driver Navigator from Windows systems

To uninstall Driver Navigator, go to Control Panel  > Programs and Features. Here, find Driver Navigator, right-click on it and select Uninstall.

  1. Click Start Control Panel Programs and Features (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs). Click 'Start -> Control Panel -> Programs and Features' (if you are 'Windows XP' user, click on 'Add/Remove Programs').
  2. If you are Windows 10 / Windows 8 user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once Quick Access Menu shows up, select Control Panel and Uninstall a Program. If you are 'Windows 10 / Windows 8' user, then right-click in the lower left corner of the screen. Once 'Quick Access Menu' shows up, select 'Control Panel' and 'Uninstall a Program'.
  3. Uninstall Driver Navigator and related programs
    Here, look for Driver Navigator or any other recently installed suspicious programs.
  4. Uninstall them and click OK to save these changes. Right click on each of suspicious entries and select 'Uninstall'

Remove Driver Navigator from Mac OS X system

  1. If you are using OS X, click Go button at the top left of the screen and select Applications. Cick 'Go' and select 'Applications'
  2. Wait until you see Applications folder and look for Driver Navigator or any other suspicious programs on it. Now right click on every of such entries and select Move to Trash. Click on every malicious entry and select 'Move to Trash'

Uninstall Driver Navigator from Internet Explorer (IE)

  1. Remove dangerous add-ons
    Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top right corner of the browser and choose Manage Add-ons. Click on menu icon and select 'Manage add-ons'
  2. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for Driver Navigator and other suspicious plugins. Disable these entries by clicking Disable: Right click on each of malicious entries and select 'Disable'
  3. Change your homepage if it was altered by virus:
    Click on the gear icon (menu) on the top right corner of the browser and select Internet Options. Stay in General tab.
  4. Here, remove malicious URL and enter preferable domain name. Click Apply to save changes. Delete malicious URL, enter your desired domain name and click 'Apply' to save changes
  5. Reset Internet Explorer
    Click on the gear icon (menu) again and select Internet options. Go to Advanced tab.
  6. Here, select Reset.
  7. When in the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete Driver Navigator removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Delete Driver Navigator from Microsoft Edge

Reset Microsoft Edge settings (Method 1):

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge app and click More (three dots at the top right corner of the screen).
  2. Click Settings to open more options.
  3. Once Settings window shows up, click Choose what to clear button under Clear browsing data option. Go to Settings and select 'Choose what to clear'
  4. Here, select all what you want to remove and click Clear. Select 'Clear' button
  5. Now you should right-click on the Start button (Windows logo). Here, select Task Manager. Open the start menu and select 'Task Manager'
  6. When in Processes tab, search for Microsoft Edge.
  7. Right-click on it and choose Go to details option. If can’t see Go to details option, click More details and repeat previous steps. Right-click 'Microsoft Edge' and select 'Go to details' Select 'More details' if 'Go to details' option fails to show up
  8. When Details tab shows up, find every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right click on each of them and select End Task to end these entries. Find Microsoft Edge entries and select 'End Task'

Resetting Microsoft Edge browser (Method 2):

If Method 1 failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method.

  1. Note: you need to backup your data before using this method.
  2. Find this folder on your computer: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  3. Select every entry which is saved on it and right click with your mouse. Then Delete option. Go to Microsoft Edge folder on your computer, right-click every entry and click 'Delete'
  4. Click the Start button (Windows logo) and type in window power in Search my stuff line.
  5. Right-click the Windows PowerShell entry and choose Run as administrator. Find Windows PowerShell, right-click it and select 'Run as administrator'
  6. Once Administrator: Windows PowerShell window shows up, paste this command line after PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> and press Enter:
    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml -Verbose}
    Copy and paste a required command and press 'Enter'

Once these steps are finished, Driver Navigator should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Eliminate Driver Navigator from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Mozilla Firefox, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Add-ons Extensions. Click on menu icon and select 'Add-ons'
  2. Here, select Driver Navigator and other questionable plugins. Click Remove to delete these entries. Select 'Extensions' and look for malicious entries. Click 'Remove' to get rid of each of them
  3. Reset Mozilla Firefox
    Click on the Firefox menu on the top left and click on the question mark. Here, choose Troubleshooting Information. Click on menu icon and then on '?'. Select 'Troubleshooting Information'
  4. Now you will see Reset Firefox to its default state message with Reset Firefox button. Click this button for several times and complete Driver Navigator removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of Driver Navigator from Google Chrome

  1. Delete malicious plugins
    Open Google Chrome, click on the menu icon (top right corner) and select Tools Extensions. Click on menu icon. Select 'Tools' and 'Extensions'
  2. Here, select Driver Navigator and other malicious plugins and select trash icon to delete these entries. Look for malicious entries and delete each of them by clicking on the Trash bin icon
  3. Click on menu icon again and choose Settings Manage Search engines under the Search section. When in 'Settings', select 'Manage search engines...'
  4. When in Search Engines..., remove malicious search sites. You should leave only Google or your preferred domain name. Click 'X' to remove malicious URLs
  5. Reset Google Chrome
    Click on menu icon on the top right of your Google Chrome and select Settings.
  6. Scroll down to the end of the page and click on Reset browser settings. When in 'Settings', scroll down to 'Reset browser settings' button and click on it
  7. Click Reset to confirm this action and complete Driver Navigator removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase Driver Navigator from Safari

  1. Remove dangerous extensions
    Open Safari web browser and click on Safari in menu at the top left of the screen. Once you do this, select Preferences. Click on 'Safari' and select 'Preferences'
  2. Here, select Extensions and look for Driver Navigator or other suspicious entries. Click on the Uninstall button to get rid each of them. Go to 'Extensions' and uninstall malicious add-ons
  3. Reset Safari
    Open Safari browser and click on Safari in menu section at the top left of the screen. Here, select Reset Safari.... Click on 'Safari' and select 'Reset Safari...'
  4. Now you will see a detailed dialog window filled with reset options. All of those options are usually checked, but you can specify which of them you want to reset. Click the Reset button to complete Driver Navigator removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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