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Remove Driver Restore (Removal Instructions) - updated Jan 2019

removal by Ugnius Kiguolis - - | Type: System tools

Driver Restore is the system tool that cannot be considered trustworthy due to the PUP functionality

Driver Restore virus

Driver Restore is a tool that poses as a legitimate software designed to find the latest driver updates, Unfortunately, this is a potentially unwanted program that displays annoying alerts suggesting to update drivers. The software seeks to trick users into buying its full version despite the system's status, which is not a tolerable activity. Developed by 383 Media Inc. and distributed on the official website, Driver Restore is the program that only states about legitimacy and usefulness while providing fake scan results. At first, this scanner delivers altered results about the state of your programs and needed updates but the minute you want to update the suggested programs you need to pay for the full version. Unfortunately, the licensed version that costs up to $29.95 cannot perform the alleged features either. Device drivers can be updated manually and there is no need for such programs. 

Name Driver Restore
Developed by 383 Media
Type System tools/adware
Category Potentially unwanted program
Symptoms Delivers unwanted commercial content, displays altered scan results, suggests purchasing licensed version
Alleged features Monitors, updates your drivers and creates backups of your data with the ability of file restore, improves the performance of your device
Price $29.95 for the one year of licensed version
Elimination You should clean the system thoroughly with Reimage Reimage Cleaner after you uninstall Driver Restore

Driver Restore virus gets called like that due to the unwanted commercial content that constantly gets delivered on the screen. Also, users complain that they have no idea how this software got onto the system and they haven't installed this tool themselves. It shows that this system tool is a PUP which infiltrates the device without users' consent. However, this is not a virus nor a malicious program that affects the machine in a more significant way.[1]

Despite being non-malware, this program can cause various problems to your PC, make it run slower, perform system scans and deliver altered results just to convince you to buy its full version. Sadly, even the licensed version of this PUP can barely give anything useful in return. Many users have expressed their concerns about this program in various Internet forums already.

You need a system scan to remove Driver Restore properly because this is a program that comes on the computer without your permission or knowledge. You should clean the system using Reimage Reimage Cleaner or similar programs to make sure there are no intruders left. 

This questionable program was developed by a company that is called 383 Media Inc. In fact, this company is responsible for releasing such doubtful programs as System Optimizer Pro and SuperFast PC. As you can imagine, these programs are also labeled as potentially unwanted programs[2]. You need help and tips with Driver Restore uninstall? Follow our guide below. 

Ads by Driver Restore

What is more, 383 Media Inc. is an online marketing company; therefore, Driver Restore application may hijack your browser, change its settings, manipulate your browsing experience, display annoying ads and try to redirect you to affiliate websites.

Although the tool is promoted as a useful tool for your computer, that should help you update and if needed, restore your drivers, please do not fall for such cheap trick and do not install this program. Perform automatic Driver Restore removal and check for additional content on your browsers afterward. 

Even though this program is promoted via commercials that say that you can check your PC for free, to use all the features that it offers, you will have to buy its 'full' version for $29.95 or $39.95. We highly recommend not to purchase this program as it is unlikely to be a useful tool.

Another issue related to this potentially unwanted application is annoying web advertisements that show up on PC screen from time to time. If you notice strange pop-up ads appearing on your screen or new tabs opening in your browser when you browse the Internet, it indicates that the PC is infected with adware[3] program. Adware programs always advertise something, and in this case, they promote Driver Restore PUP. Ads that promote this suspicious program usually come from landing.driverrestore.com site.

Landing.driverrestore.com ads say that this program is a “Highly Recommended Download!”, but if these ads started bothering you, you shouldn't wait any longer and remove Driver Restore from the system. To find out how to do it, follow the instructions provided below.

Driver Restore uninstall
If Driver Restore keeps popping up, you need to find and uninstall this suspicious system tool from your PC. Usually, it can be done via Control Panel.

PUP distribution ways

As we have mentioned above, this questionable program is aggressively endorsed as a helpful tool that should help you to manage your drivers. You can easily download this potentially unwanted program from its official website or from various download websites.

For that reason, you should be very careful and avoid downloading (or buying) unfamiliar and suspicious programs. No matter that these programs may look legitimate, you should conduct small research and find as much information[4] as possible about your desired programs.

Furthermore, always check what freeware you install. Choose 'advanced' or 'custom' installation option and follow the entire process. Try to spot and opt out of all unfamiliar attachments. As we have mentioned before, similar potentially unwanted programs may travel in tandem with popular free software.

Driver Restore
Driver Restore PUP is a fake tool that gets promoted as a legitimate software designed to provide you with best updates.

Q&A on Driver Restore

Question. Is Driver Restore a safe program? Should I use it?

Answer. If you want to update your drivers, better stay away from Driver Restore virus. This potentially unwanted program (PUP) can be discovered and removed by the majority of spyware and malware removers, although it belongs to the system tools' category.

Question. Driver Restore window keeps popping up. Besides, the annoying program won't uninstall – an error message appears whenever I try to remove it. Can you help me with DriverRestore removal?

Answer. Driver Restore ads can reach you on a daily basis, especially if you installed this potentially unwanted software alongside another free program. The system tool isn't considered malicious; however, its marketing tactics are unacceptable.

You should ignore those ads and uninstall DriverRestore whenever you want. If you are having problems with the removal of the said software, please use the instructions provided below the article.

Get rid of Driver Restore and clean the system from additional PUPs

The best way to kill this virtual annoyance is to remove Driver Restore from your computer system. We strongly recommend removing this useless program before any further damage is done.

Don't waste your money for anything and don't buy such dubious programs that can barely give anything useful in return. Follow these simple guidelines and eliminate the useless software from your computer.

  • Check your My Documents (user) folder and try to find Driver Restore folder there (it may hide in Downloads folder) and eliminate it from there.
  • Perform Driver Restore removal using the instructions provided below.

For the best Driver Restore removal results you only need a good anti-malware or PC repair tool. Pay more attention to the process and make sure to double check after that and uninstall any suspicious programs.

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To remove Driver Restore, follow these steps:

Uninstall Driver Restore from Windows systems

Clean the system by following these steps:

  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 Restore and related programs
    Here, look for Driver Restore 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'

Erase Driver Restore 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 Restore 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 Restore removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Eliminate Driver Restore 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 Restore should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Driver Restore 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 Restore 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 Restore removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Delete Driver Restore from Google Chrome

You should also check the browser for additional suspicious content:

  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 Restore 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 Restore removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

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  1. valerie maher says:
    April 28th, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I have removed driver restore from my old computer and I do not wont it any more. so I would like you stop any money from my pay pal I would like THANK YOU VALERIE

  2. Phil says:
    May 4th, 2015 at 3:29 am

    this is VINDICTIVEWARE. I just uninstalled it, and as a parting gift, it trashed my BIOS.
    DO NOT INSTALL THIS CRAP!!!! Youll be sorry.

  3. Jack Smith says:
    April 18th, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Driver Restore an excellent program I do not know why there is so much negative being thrown around. In fact, I like how they bad mouth Driver Restore and then turn around and try to sell you their product. LOL

  4. shannon says:
    April 25th, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Hello I had driver restore on my computer and it caused me so many problems and I have a brand new computer too!!! I tried every traditional way I knew to get it off my computer. I finally did some research and someone suggested using Malwarebytes Anti Malware. When I used it..Driver Restore had downloaded 657 malware objects on my new computer. The Malwarebytes fixed the problem and now I have my computer back. Driver Restore is bad news.

  5. Nonit says:
    November 8th, 2016 at 1:05 am

    I was facing hang and other issues with my system. I have used this product and it helped me alot to make my system work as it was before. Thanks Driver Restore 🙂

  6. Peter says:
    November 24th, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Why would a bad application come with an uninstaller and give everyone their address?
    Anyways, I downloaded it, installed it. I never used it and asked for them for a refund. Everything worked like a charm, I just realized I didnt need it.

  7. 2-Spyware team says:
    November 24th, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Dear Peter,

    Thank you for your comment.
    This article aims to inform computer users that Driver Restore is a hardly useful and paid program, which is actively promoted via ad-supported programs. There is a reason why people complain about this program on various Internet forums. We do not say that this program is malicious – it is totally legitimate.

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