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Remove DriverToolkit (Virus Removal Instructions) - Tutorial

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DriverToolkit is a doubtful optimization utility classified as PUP

DriverToolkit optimizer

DriverToolkit by Megaify Software Co. is a free software utility that is supposed to clean, repair and optimize PCs. It is said to download or update system’s drivers and perform driver backup. Its database of hardware devices and drivers is supposed to consist of more than 12,000,000 entries. While initially, it may seem useful, AV engines, including Avira, Sophos, and others recognize it as PUP (PUA/DriverToolkit.EL.1).[1] The reason why it has been included in PUP category is related to stealthy installation and doubtful system’s optimization procedure.

Name DriverToolkit
Developer Megaify Software Co.
Related files DriverToolkit.exe
AV detection PUP, PUA/DriverToolkit.EL.1
Danger level Medium. Although it's not malicious, the software it downloads is often unsuitable and may cause hard drive failure and other system's problems
Distribution Bundling
Symptoms System's slowdowns, high CPU usage by DriverToolkit.exe, regular system scans, warning pop-ups reporting driver failure, etc. 
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Many people reported that their Windows OS slowed down significantly due to high CPU usage by DriverToolkit.exe. This executable file, a 32-bit process that can be found in C:\Program Files\drivertoolkit\drivertoolkit.exe or \Program Files(x86) is directly related to DriverToolkit software. The file has been revealed spreading stealthily and working as a download/install source for Megaify Software products.

If the user inadvertently installs the DriverToolkit.exe file, it creates a Startup process to start functioning each time the user logs into Windows. Consequently, the corresponding DriverToolkit optimizer launches its scanner and may initiate regular system’s scans. The scan results are subsequently transmitted to a server to identify problematic drivers and other components and download the patches or updates.

However, most of the users who have tried this tool refer to it as DriverToolkit virus. One of the reasons is stealthy installation and severe system’s slowdown. Another reason, according to users, is unsuitable software, which eventually causes hard disk failure and similar Windows problems.

Not to mention, DriverToolkit removal may appear to be a difficult task to perform. If the user attempts to get rid of it manually via Control Panel, he or she faces the absence of an automatic remover, or the elimination process ends up with an error message saying:

Windows is unable to find DriverToolkit.exe to uninstall it.

In a nutshell, even though the DriverToolkit virus and the DriverToolkit.exe file are not malicious (security rating 21%), it’s not the one that you should trust. Instead of optimizing the system, it may display false or predefined scan results and ask you to purchase the license.[2] Besides, the longer you keep it, the higher is the risk to experience various Windows errors, slowdowns due to excessive CPU usage by DriverToolkit.exe, and similar problems.

Virukset.fi[3] cyber researchers recommend people to remove DriverToolkit without delay. For this purpose, take advantage of a reputable security tool, such as Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego or SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner. If you cannot launch the scanner, try to restart Windows into Safe Mode with Networking (the guide is given below).

Upon DriverToolkit removal, check your web browser for unknown extensions. At best recover your web browser settings by resetting them to default.

DriverToolkit virus scannerDriverToolkit can be called a rogue optimiser due to bogus scan results

Do not download freeware recklessly

Programs like this one are frequently spread in a bundle with freeware and shareware. Indicated as recommended tools, they are typically marked by default. Therefore, if the user clicks the Next button during freeware installation all the time, your consent to install the entire bundle is counted automatically.

To prevent this from happening, install free apps using Advanced or Custom installation option. Then carefully read all information disclosed and opt out of each additional component. In fact, it’s better not to install a free program that promotes potentially unwanted apps at all.

Perform DriverToolkit removal for good

DriverToolkit malware is potentially dangerous since it initiated doubtful system’s optimization tasks without being asked for that. Besides, the software it installs is highly suspicious and may not be compatible with The current Windows version.

To remove DriverToolkit, download a professional anti-virus or update the one that is currently running on your PC. Run a full system scan and eliminate all the finding. In case you cannot launch antivirus scanner, restart your PC into Safe Mode with Networking as explained below.

It's not known whether the DriverToolkit virus installs web browser's extensions. However, if you have installed it unwillingly with freeware, there's a high possibility for other PUPs to be hiding within your browser. To disable all of them, you should reset browser's settings. The following tutorial on how to reset Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and other browsers will help you. 

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To remove DriverToolkit, follow these steps:

Remove DriverToolkit from Windows systems

The following guide explains how to eliminate potentially unwanted program from Windows. If you cannot find the uninstaller, the only way to get rid of is to run a scan with security software while in Safe Mode with Environment.

To remove DriverToolkit from Windows 10/8  machines, please follow these steps:

  1. Enter Control Panel into Windows search box and hit Enter or click on the search result.
  2. Under Programs, select Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 1
  3. From the list, find entries related to DriverToolkit (or any other recently installed suspicious program).
  4. Right-click on the application and select Uninstall.
  5. If User Account Control shows up, click Yes.
  6. Wait till uninstallation process is complete and click OK.Uninstall from Windows 2

If you are Windows 7/XP user, proceed with the following instructions:

  1. Click on Windows Start > Control Panel located on the right pane (if you are Windows XP user, click on Add/Remove Programs).
  2. In Control Panel, select Programs > Uninstall a program.Uninstall from Windows 7/XP
  3. Pick the unwanted application by clicking on it once.
  4. At the top, click Uninstall/Change.
  5. In the confirmation prompt, pick Yes.
  6. Click OK once the removal process is finished.

Eliminate DriverToolkit from Mac OS X system

If your macOS is displaying some infection symptoms, proceed with the following guide:

Remove DriverToolkit from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for DriverToolkit-related entries.
  3. Click on the app and drag it to Trash (or right-click and pick Move to Trash)Uninstall from Mac 1

To fully remove DriverToolkit, you need to access Application Support, LaunchAgents, and LaunchDaemons folders and delete relevant files:

  1. Select Go > Go to Folder.
  2. Enter /Library/Application Support and click Go or press Enter.
  3. In the Application Support folder, look for any dubious entries related to DriverToolkit and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the DriverToolkit-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Get rid of DriverToolkit from Internet Explorer (IE)

Remove dangerous add-ons:

  1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the Gear icon (IE menu) on the top-right corner of the browser
  2. Pick Manage Add-ons.
  3. You will see a Manage Add-ons window. Here, look for DriverToolkit and other suspicious plugins. Click on these entries and select Disable.Remove add-ons from Internet Explorer

Change your homepage if it was altered:

  1. Open IE and click on the Gear icon.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. In the General tab, delete the Home page address and replace it by your preferred one (for example, Google.com).
  4. Click Apply and then select OK.Reset IE homepage

Delete temporary files:

  1. Press on the Gear icon and select Internet Options.
  2. Under Browsing history, click Delete…
  3. Select relevant fields and press Delete.Clear temporary files from Internet Explorer

Reset Internet Explorer:

  1. Click on Gear icon > Internet options and select Advanced tab.
  2. Select Reset.
  3. In the new window, check Delete personal settings and select Reset again to complete DriverToolkit removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Delete DriverToolkit from Microsoft Edge

Delete unwanted extensions from MS Edge:

  1. Select Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and pick Extensions.
  2. From the list, pick the DriverToolkit-related extension and click on the Gear icon.
  3. Click on Uninstall at the bottom.Remove extensions from Edge

Clear cookies and other browser data:

  1. Click on the Menu (three horizontal dots at the top-right of the browser window) and select Privacy & security.
  2. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  3. Select everything (apart from passwords, although you might want to include Media licenses as well, if applicable) and click on Clear.Clear Edge browsing data

Reset MS Edge if that above steps did not work:

  1. Press on Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Click on More details arrow at the bottom of the window.
  3. Select Details tab.
  4. Now scroll down and locate every entry with Microsoft Edge name in it. Right-click on each of them and select End Task to stop MS Edge from running.Reset MS Edge

If this solution failed to help you, you need to use an advanced Edge reset method. Note that you need to backup your data before proceeding.

  1. Find the following folder on your computer: C:\\Users\\%username%\\AppData\\Local\\Packages\\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe.
  2. Press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all folders.
  3. Right-click on them and pick DeleteAdvanced MS Edge reset 1
  4. Now right-click on the Start button and pick Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  5. When the new window opens, copy and paste the following command, and then press Enter:

    Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\\AppXManifest.xml” -VerboseAdvanced MS Edge reset 2

Instructions for Chromium-based Edge

Delete extensions from MS Edge (Chromium):

  1. Open Edge and click select Settings > Extensions.
  2. Delete unwanted extensions by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chromium Edge

Clear cache and site data:

  1. Click on Menu and go to Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and services.
  3. Under Clear browsing data, pick Choose what to clear.
  4. Under Time range, pick All time.
  5. Select Clear now.Clear browser data from Chroum Edge

Reset Chromium-based MS Edge:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. On the left side, pick Reset settings.
  3. Select Restore settings to their default values.
  4. Confirm with Reset.Reset Chromium Edge

Uninstall DriverToolkit from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Remove dangerous extensions:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click on the Menu (three horizontal lines at the top-right of the window).
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. In here, select plugins that are related to DriverToolkit and click Remove.Remove extensions from Firefox

Clear cookies and site data:

  1. Click Menu and pick Options.
  2. Go to Privacy & Security section.
  3. Scroll down to locate Cookies and Site Data.
  4. Click on Clear Data…
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data, as well as Cached Web Content and press Clear.Clear cookies and site data from Firefox

In case DriverToolkit did not get removed after following the instructions above, reset Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Mozilla Firefox browser and click the Menu.
  2. Go to Help and then choose Troubleshooting Information.Reset Firefox 1
  3. Under Give Firefox a tune up section, click on Refresh Firefox…
  4. Once the pop-up shows up, confirm the action by pressing on Refresh Firefox – this should complete DriverToolkit removal.Reset Firefox 2

Erase DriverToolkit from Google Chrome

Delete malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome, click on the Menu (three vertical dots at the top-right corner) and select More tools > Extensions.
  2. In the newly opened window, you will see all the installed extensions. Uninstall all the suspicious plugins that might be related to DriverToolkit by clicking Remove.Remove extensions from Chrome

Clear cache and web data from Chrome:

  1. Click on Menu and pick Settings.
  2. Under Privacy and security, select Clear browsing data.
  3. Select Browsing history, Cookies and other site data, as well as Cached images and files.
  4. Click Clear data.Clear cache and web data from Chrome

If the above-methods did not help you, reset Google Chrome to eliminate all the DriverToolkit-components:

  1. Click on Menu and select Settings.
  2. In the Settings, scroll down and click Advanced.
  3. Scroll down and locate Reset and clean up section.
  4. Now click Restore settings to their original defaults.
  5. Confirm with Reset settings to complete DriverToolkit removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove DriverToolkit from Safari

Remove unwanted extensions from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. In the new window, pick Extensions.
  3. Select the unwanted extension related to DriverToolkit and select Uninstall.Remove extensions from Safari

Clear cookies and other website data from Safari:

  1. Click Safari > Clear History…
  2. From the drop-down menu under Clear, pick all history.
  3. Confirm with Clear History.Clear cookies and website data from Safari

Reset Safari if the above-mentioned steps did not help you:

  1. Click Safari > Preferences…
  2. Go to Advanced tab.
  3. Tick the Show Develop menu in menu bar.
  4. From the menu bar, click Develop, and then select Empty Caches.Reset Safari

Do not let government spy on you

The government has many issues in regards to tracking users' data and spying on citizens, so you should take this into consideration and learn more about shady information gathering practices. Avoid any unwanted government tracking or spying by going totally anonymous on the internet. 

You can choose a different location when you go online and access any material you want without particular content restrictions. You can easily enjoy internet connection without any risks of being hacked by using Private Internet Access VPN.

Control the information that can be accessed by government any other unwanted party and surf online without being spied on. Even if you are not involved in illegal activities or trust your selection of services, platforms, be suspicious for your own security and take precautionary measures by using the VPN service.

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

Computer users can suffer from data losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Ransomware can encrypt and hold files hostage, while unforeseen power cuts might cause a loss of important documents. If you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work. It is also equally important to update backups on a regular basis so that the newest information remains intact – you can set this process to be performed automatically.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware strikes out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the data restoration process.

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