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Remove DriverFix (Removal Instructions) - Free Guide

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DriverFix – an unreliable application for your system maintenance

DriverFix
DriverFix is a potentially unwanted application that might install wrong drivers on your Windows system

DriverFix is one of many potentially unwanted applications[1] that promise to update Windows drivers automatically. While the app can be downloaded from its official website, most users see it for the first time on their machines after installing freeware from third-party sites. This happens due to a well-known distribution technique called software bundling – several apps are often offered as a single package, and users often miss the optional components.

Once installed, DriverFix will perform a full system scan and inform about the missing drivers. The developers claim that applying the missing drivers will fix various computer issues, optimize gaming performance, and will allow the creation of backups. However, suchlike driver updaters should not be trusted, as they might install incorrect software for your device, show pop-ups that ask you to purchase the full version of DriverFix, and mislead about Windows computer health.

Name DriverFix
Also known as PUP.Optional.DriverFix
Type Potentially unwanted program, driver updater
Infiltration Most users install PUPs unintentionally – either by downloading freeware from third-party websites or after being tricked by an attractive ad. The app can also be installed deliberately from the official website when looking for a tool for driver updating process
Symptoms  A scan results show up that display outdated drivers. If the “Update all” button is clicked, users are directed to the payment page
Risks  Installation of incorrect drivers, which can result in negative impact to computer performance; financial losses due to spent money on the software 
Removal  You can uninstall the app by following our instructions below 
System fix In case incorrect drivers were installed on your Windows machine which resulted in errors and other issues, we suggest you fix these problems with repair software such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Drivers are integral parts of any Windows operating system, as they ensure that hardware and software can communicate correctly with one another. The discrepancies happen due to different manufacturers of computer components, and drivers ensure that video cards, RAM, motherboards, network cards, keyboards, printers, and other hardware works well.

Typically, if a desktop computer or a laptop is purchased, drivers come pre-installed with an operating system. Thus, users can enjoy their devices without any problems. However, drivers sometimes break, which might also break the operation of the entire machine (although, in most cases, the newest drivers are not necessary for a hardware component to operate properly).[2] Thus, the need for driver updates arise, and tools like DriverFix are there for that precise purpose.

On the official website, DriverFix claims the following:

THE NEXT STEP IN HARDWARE PERFORMANCE
Simple, fast, secure technology for better workinggraphics cards
Update all your drivers with one click and enjoy better gaming performance.

Access a huge database of drivers. Create drivers backups before making changes.

However, driver updaters like DriverFix are notorious for their inability to correctly update drivers, show false positives in order to make users concerned about their computer state and also sometimes show ads or fake warnings on a regular basis. Many security experts highly discourage the usage of driver updaters, as they can compromise a working computer and result in a loss of money.

Regardless if users install DriverFix intentionally or not, a full scan will be performed immediately. Immediately after that, users will be presented with the list of outdated drivers. If they press the “Update all” button, they will be immediately led to the purchase page, where they will be required to enter their credit card details to purchase a full version of the app. Of course, users can also update drivers “manually,” which downloads drivers are abysmal speeds.

DriverFix PUP
DriverFix is an app that users might download unintentionally along with freeware from third-party sources

However, there is never a guarantee that DriverFix will be able to download and install correct drivers for your device. While we do not recommend using third-party driver updaters, some might find this app useful, as it allows users to install drivers automatically. Generally, it is not malicious and does not pose any security risks, but the functionality remains questionable, so we recommend you remove DriverFix. If anything, we recommend using automatic update software provided by hardware manufacturers, such as Nvidia GeForce.

For DriverFix removal, you can check the instructions we provide below – the process should not be that complicated if you uninstalled a program before. However, if you installed drivers via the program and you are seeing a negative impact on your Windows computer performance, we recommend using a repair tool Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego that could eliminate all the damage done to the system.

Automatic driver updaters can often disappoint

As previously mentioned, while drivers are an integral part of the Windows operating system for it to function properly, their updates are rarely needed by a regular computer user. Nevertheless, sometimes driver updates can be useful, as outdated ones might cause troubles, e.g., with graphics cards. In such a case, updating driver is important, although paying a full subscription for something that should be done that rarely by computer users is not worth it.

Additionally, third-party driver updates can never be fully trusted with the integrity of the provided drivers – they can sometimes cause more damage instead. Thus, we advise you to download drivers manually from the manufacturer's website or employ official tools provided by Nvidia and other companies that manufacture components for Windows computers.

Since driver updaters can often end up on the computer seemingly out of nowhere, the issue with potentially unwanted program infiltration should also be tackled. Even though most driver updaters are relatively safe when it comes to security as long as nothing is downloaded via the app, there are several other programs that might be installed without permission via third-party sources.

Many users resort to third-party websites to download various applications, and most are unaware that software bundling serves as one of the major monetization sources for such sites. Thus, many are misled into installing programs they never intended to install in the first place, and various methods are used. Here are some tips from experts[3] that could help you to avoid PUPs:

  • If possible, download apps from official sources only;
  • Before installing a new program, read up on it online – check forum posts, reviews, etc.;
  • Always opt for Advanced settings instead of Recommended ones, as it gives more control over what is installed;
  • Remove all markings from the pre-ticked boxes;
  • Read the fine print – important information is often hidden there;
  • Watch out for buttons that are placed in the wrong positions;
  • Be vigilant and do not fail for offers that are integrated as a part of the installation process of the main application;
  • Install security program and enable the PUP detection feature.

DriverFix notifications
DriverFix might show misleading pop-ups about performance of certain Windows components

DriverFix removal instructions 

You should not have much trouble with DriverFix removal, as the app should show up in the installed application list. To reach it, you have to access the Control Panel – we provide all the instructions below in case you would have any difficulties with the process. However, in case the app showed up on your machine unexpectedly, we highly recommend checking your PC for other potentially unwanted software.

Once you remove DriverFix from your machine, you can also go through the list of the installed applications and look for suspicious entries – uninstall everything you do not recognize. If you are unsure about this, you should rather employ a powerful security application to do the job for you – it would also check your machine for the invisible malware.

In case you find adware or other potentially unwanted programs that deliver intrusive advertisements, and they don't stop after uninstalling all the bad apps, you should also reset the installed web browsers for best results as we explain below.

You may remove virus damage with a help of Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego. SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner and Malwarebytes are recommended to detect potentially unwanted programs and viruses with all their files and registry entries that are related to them.

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To remove DriverFix, follow these steps:

Erase DriverFix from Windows systems

To uninstall DriverFix from Windows, perform the following 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 DriverFix and related programs
    Here, look for DriverFix 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'

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

Remove DriverFix 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, DriverFix should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Uninstall DriverFix from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

In case you found adware on your computer, we highly recommend you reset Mozilla Firefox to remove trackers and other traces:

  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 DriverFix 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 DriverFix removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Get rid of DriverFix 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 DriverFix 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 DriverFix removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Erase DriverFix 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 DriverFix 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 DriverFix removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

Access your website securely from any location

When you work on the domain, site, blog, or different project that requires constant management, content creation, or coding, you may need to connect to the server and content management service more often. It is a hassle when your website is protected from suspicious connections and unauthorized IP addresses.

The best solution for creating a tighter network could be a dedicated/fixed IP address. If you make your IP address static and set to your device, you can connect to the CMS from any location and do not create any additional issues for server or network manager that need to monitor connections and activities. This is how you bypass some of the authentications factors and can remotely use your banking accounts without triggering suspicious with each login. 

VPN software providers like Private Internet Access can help you with such settings and offer the option to control the online reputation and manage projects easily from any part of the world. It is better to clock the access to your website from different IP addresses. So you can keep the project safe and secure when you have the dedicated IP address VPN and protected access to the content management system.

Backup files for the later use, in case of the malware attack

Computer users can suffer various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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Julie Splinters - Malware removal specialist

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