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Remove Open Software Updater (Removal Instructions) - updated Jan 2020

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Open Software Updater – a rogue application that relies on deceptive sites and software bundling that promote and distribute the questionable program

Open Software UpdaterOpen Software Updater is the program that gets onto the computer by using deceptive methods, so data like browsing history, email addresses, most searched items, and visited sites get tracked and collected without the users' knowledge. This intruder is related to third-party companies and advertisers, commercial content creators, so the collected data is used in many ways. 

Software Updater virus gets this particular name due to intrusive behavior and malicious content displayed via other sites and services. Recorded data is needed for personalized advertisements that come up on the screen after some time and ensures your interaction since the content is based on your own preferences and habits. However, such ads take up the screen, and browsing online becomes difficult without ending up on a malicious site. 

This potentially unwanted program is a freeware application that is generally used to update programs that are installed on Windows operating systems automatically. While the functionality of Open Software Updater might seem to be useful from the first sight, the program is promoted on questionable sites and often gets bundled with other potentially unwanted software, which might be dangerous.

Name Open Software Updater
Category Potentially unwanted program
Developer Installer Technology Co
Related files 15 Minutes-Filme-full-downloader.exe, SofwareUpdater.exe
Infiltration techniques Software bundles include the installers of PUPs and downloads them on the targeted machine. Also, promotional ads, third-party sites, and other deceptive online pages lead to infiltration of PUPs due to extra scripts triggering the automatic installation
Potential dangers  The presence of Open Software Updater might indicate the infection of other unwanted programs. Content that involves third-party advertisers contains ad-tracking techniques and may result in privacy issues
Termination  The best option for Open Software Updater removal is to run a full system scan using anti-malware program that can eliminate files and programs with malicious purposes
Optimization PC repair software like ReimageIntego might additionally help by improving the performance with a system file repair function and fixing the affected registry entries

Open Software Updater can also be installed directly from the developer's site OpenSoftwareUpdater.com, although most users noticed it running seemingly out of nowhere. As noted, bundled software installers often mislead users into installing adware, browser hijacking, and other unwanted apps. For that reason, it is vital to watch over the installation process carefully when installing freeware/shareware.

As soon as Open Software Updater is established, it spawns a service that always runs in the background, which periodically checks for the updates of predetermined software. Its developer, Installer Technology Co, claims that the process is applied for 15 different apps.

Open Software Updater is not an open-source application, meaning that it is copyright and developed by a dedicated group of developers. Consequently, the process needs to be monetized from – and that is where marketing processes are used. Affiliated products might be offered to users who have the app installed, and they might also notice an increased amount of advertisements on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or another browser.

However, the virus is definitely not a correct term to describe this software, as it does not engage in any suspicious or malware-like behavior. Nevertheless, its distribution techniques, as well as the fact that the software that it is bundled with might be potentially dangerous, might prompt users to remove Open Software Updater.  Open Software Updater PUPOpen Software Updater is a potentially unwanted application that does not pose any harm on its own, but might be bundled with undesired adware and other programs

We should also warn you that Open Software Updater developers collect some of the non-personally identifiable information about you, such as:

  • installed applications and their versions;
  • sites visited;
  • viewed advertisements;
  • other aggregate information.

While Open Software Updater does not collect or share personal data, they claim in the Privacy Policy that non-PII is handled differently:

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. <…> However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. 

Besides, some users reported that Software Updater was aggressively promoted via adware campaigns – it is an affiliated program that injects pop-ups, banners, pop-unders, in-text links and other ads into most of the sites that you visit. Therefore, if you often see activity that promotes unwanted software, you should check your computer for adware and other PUPs.

The best way to make sure that your system is secure is by scanning it with an anti-malware program. There are plenty on the market available – just make sure that it is reputable and not scareware[1] or another fake app (note that anti-virus software will not perform Open Software Updater removal, as it is not recognized by any AV vendors).[2]

However, if you are infected with adware, you might often encounter tech support or other scams that offer your bogus tools to clean your PC allegedly. If you are or were affected by any type of malware, we recommend you perform a full scan using ReimageIntego to fix any damaged Windows components.  Open Software Updater official websiteOpen Software Updater can be downloaded on the official website - users can also view the Privacy Policy and other documents there

Pay attention to the installation process of free applications

Software bundling is a deceptive marketing technique that might trick even experienced computer users. Third-party websites that host freeware or shareware distribute installers that include additional applications, and they are often unwanted ones – they can hijack the web browser, display altered search results, and flood your browsers with ads.

Unfortunately, many users do not pay close attention when installing new applications. For example, rushing through steps and picking Recommended/Quick settings is the very first step into installing PUPs on the device. Besides, freeware authors often use various tricks, such as misleading button placements, pre-ticked boxes, etc.[3]

Therefore, always be attentive while installing new apps, even if they come from allegedly reputable third-party sites:

  • never rush the installation process;
  • check for Terms of Service, Privacy policy, and other relevant documents;
  • decline all the offers or deals;
  • always pick Advanced/Custom settings.

While most of the programs that slipped in will not harm your PC, some of them might lead to security risks, especially if not being careful. Experts[4] recommend relying on official and trustworthy sources when you want to avoid unwanted infiltrations and permanent damage to your device.

Uninstall Open Software Updater from your device by following our guide

As we previously mentioned, automatic Open Software Updater removal cannot be achieved by using anti-malware software, as the tool is not malicious in any way. However, as we also pointed out, other rogue programs might have slipped in during the installation of freeware. In such a case, anti-virus software will be able to delete such-like parasites automatically.

To remove Open Software Updater manually, you should enter Control Panel on Windows or the Applications folder in Mac. Uninstalling the app should not bring any difficulties – you can check the guide below. Additionally, if you wish to reset your browsers to remove cookies, or if your machine was indeed affected by adware, we provide instructions for the procedure as well.

Make sure to eliminate anything associated with Open Software Updater virus, including content added on web browsers and the computer directly. For that, go through steps below the article that provide browser resetting steps for each browsing tools separately. 

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To remove Open Software Updater, follow these steps:

Get rid of Open Software Updater from Windows systems

Please follow these steps if you want to uninstall Open Software Updater from Windows:

To remove Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater (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.

Delete Open Software Updater from Mac OS X system

macOS and Max OS X users should follow the following instructions to terminate all the unwanted apps:

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

Remove Open Software Updater from Applications folder:

  1. From the menu bar, select Go > Applications.
  2. In the Applications folder, look for Open Software Updater-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 Open Software Updater, 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 Open Software Updater and then delete them.
  4. Now enter /Library/LaunchAgents and /Library/LaunchDaemons folders the same way and terminate all the Open Software Updater-related entries.Uninstall from Mac 2

Uninstall Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Erase Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater-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

Remove Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater removal.Reset Firefox 2

Eliminate Open Software Updater from Google Chrome

If your machine was infected with adware

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 Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater-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 Open Software Updater removal.Reset Chrome 2

Get rid of Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater 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

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. 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 the server or network manager that needs to monitor connections and activities. 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.

 

Recover files after data-affecting malware attacks

While much of the data can be accidentally deleted due to various reasons, malware is one of the main culprits that can cause loss of pictures, documents, videos, and other important files. More serious malware infections lead to significant data loss when your documents, system files, and images get encrypted. In particular, ransomware is is a type of malware that focuses on such functions, so your files become useless without an ability to access them.

Even though there is little to no possibility to recover after file-locking threats, some applications have features for data recovery in the system. In some cases, Data Recovery Pro can also help to recover at least some portion of your data after data-locking virus infection or general cyber infection. 

 

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