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Remove Open Software Updater (Removal Instructions) - Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge

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Open Software Updater is a potentially unwanted application that is often found within bundled software packages

Open Software Updater

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

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.

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, ads, third-party sites
Potential dangers  The presence of Open Software Updater might indicate the infection of other unwanted programs
Termination  Check out our removal guide below 
Optimization We recommend using PC repair software Reimage

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, Open Software Updater 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.

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 Open 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.

Open Software Updater PUP
Open 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

The best way to make sure that your system is secure is by scanning it with 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 allegedly clean your PC. If you are or were affected by any type of malware, we recommend you perform a full scan using Reimage to fix any damaged Windows components.

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.

Open Software Updater official website
Open Software Updater can be downloaded on the official website - users can also view the Privacy Policy and other documents there

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.

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 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:

  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 Open Software Updater and related programs
    Here, look for Open Software Updater 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 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:

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

Erase Open Software Updater 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, Open Software Updater should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Remove Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Eliminate Open Software Updater from Google Chrome

If your machine was infected with adware

  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 Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater 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 Open Software Updater removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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