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Remove Prupdater (Improved Guide) - 2020 update

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Prupdater – adware which runs prime_updater.exe and similar processes in the background of the system


Prupdater is adware which starts running whenever you turn on your Windows computer system[1]. Also known as Prime Updater, this application performs its annoying activity once it dropsprime_updater.exe and similar executable files on the system which you can find in Task Manager. However, you can recognize Prupdater virus on your computer not only from this process. Once inside, it causes numerous ads redirecting victims to unknown pages because its main aim is to trick users into purchasing specific tools which are also considered as Potentially unwanted programs. 

Name Prupdater
Alternative names Pr Updater; Prime Updater
Type PUP
OS affected Windows
Activates when The user starts his/her Windows computer and the main process prime_updater.exe is launched
Infiltration Software bundles, rogue websites
Annoying features Frequent advertising that promotes rogue tools, redirects to dubious websites
Prevention tips Use the Custom/Advanced installation mode, get a reliable antivirus tool, stay away from questionable websites
Removal Get rid of the app with no hesitation. Moreover, you can detect the damage with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

Once installed, Pr Updater adware[2] alters the system to start producing numerous ads which are very likely to appear in forms of pop-ups and banners. These ads are set to convince users into purchasing useless products or services, so make sure you ignore them. Besides, by opting for such offers, you can also provide your financial or personal data which can be used for identity theft. 

Yet another feature of Prupdater is data collection which is typically initiated behind user's back. This type of adware cannot only gather browsing activity-related data but can also connect to personal information saved on your system. Such information relates to:

  • pages visited;
  • searched content;
  • pictures and videos viewed;
  • savings;
  • IP addresses;
  • and more.

Avoid this illegal activity by performing the Prupdater removal. You can choose to proceed with the process in two ways – the manual or automatical one. You can find manual elimination instructions below this article. However, the other method is much faster and effective. Additionally, you can install Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to detect all “leftovers” that might be hidden by the adware.

There is more than one reason to remove Prupdater virus. This PUP can also take you to harmful websites. Even if the redirecting activity might seem not damaging at first, you might be brought to malicious pages which can relate in secret installation even of a Trojan horse[3]. So, be very careful with these programs, and even better, get rid of adware as soon as you spot it!

Prupdater adwarePrupdater - adware which displays misleading ads promoting fake or highly suspicious tools. The program is alternatively known as Pr Updater and Prime Updater.

Avoid ad-supported apps by using the Custom mode

Adware has more than one distribution technique. Most commonly, these programs spread with the help of bundling, when the PUP is downloaded together with regular software, or through rogue websites. Gladly, there are some methods that might help to avoid adware-related applications:

  • Use the Custom/Advanced mode. This installation mode will allow you to check all incoming downloads and opt-out the unwanted components. Note that choosing the Quick/Recommended setting would be a mistake as it allows various unpleasant programs to “slip through”.
  • Install an antivirus. Strong and reliable computer security software will protect the entire computer system and its components from dangerous cyber threats that might occur in your way.
  • Stay away from rogue sites. Avoid entering any page on the Internet that you cannot recognize. Some of them might be provided by third-parties and filled with dubious or even malware-related content.

Take care of the Prupdater removal without any delay

According to cybersecurity experts[4], you should uninstall Pr updater to stop its potentially malicious activities completely. If you just stop prime_updater.exe process in Task Manager, it can reappear on your Windows system right after rebooting the computer. Remember, such PUPs travel around together with numerous components that are used to continue reinstalling the virus until the automatic removal option is not used in its elimination process.

To remove Prupdater virus with all its components, use the help of a reliable program and there will be no need to worry about anything. This method is more effective and lets the user deal with the cyber threat very fastly. However, do not forget to refresh all web browsers that were affected by adware!

To perform the Prupdater removal manually, check out our below-given instructions. However, as we have already mentioned, this method will require more effort and attention from you. You will need to delete all browser extensions and dubious add-ons from browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and so on. Make sure you eliminate all components related to PUP because, otherwise, it might renew itself with the next boot.

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 Prupdater, follow these steps:

Remove Prupdater from Windows systems

If you found prime_updater.exe lurking in Task Manager, uninstall Pr Updater by following this guide. You can also find it under the name of Prime Updater:

To remove Prupdater 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 Prupdater (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.

Erase Prupdater 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 Prupdater 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,
  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 Prupdater removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Eliminate Prupdater from Microsoft Edge

To clean Edge from adware-related components, you should reset the browser by following these steps:

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 Prupdater-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

Delete Prupdater 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 Prupdater 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 Prupdater 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 Prupdater removal.Reset Firefox 2

Uninstall Prupdater from Google Chrome

To remove Prime Updater from Chrome, performing this procedure:

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 Prupdater 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 Prupdater-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 Prupdater removal.Reset Chrome 2

Remove Prupdater 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 Prupdater 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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