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Remove Software Updater adware (Improved Guide) - Mar 2015 update

removal by Lucia Danes - - | Type: Adware

Software Updater targets Mac and Windows computers

Software Updater virus is a rogue software released by a company called Air Software which claims their product to be able a perfect tool to identify outdated programs and notify about available updates. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, we are only conveyed the image that the software developer want us to see. In reality Software Updater 1.0 is an adware [1] and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) [2] which should never be allowed to enter or run its procedures on the computers. Unfortunately, it does infect Windows 7, 8, Vista, XP systems and is especially active on Mac OS X which is the reason why experts label it a Mac virus. The parasite infiltrates most of the popular web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, IE, and Safari. If this rogue has already made its way onto your computer, you should also scan your system for the following programs: VuuPC, StormWatch, CheckmeUp, Pro PC Cleaner, and Plus HD. Software Updater virus tends to spread alongside this questionable freeware but is not limited to being bundled [3] with other PUPs as well. Why should you remove Software Updater adware from your PC? The answer is simple – it can make you visit suspicious websites, slow down your computer and may continuously increase the number of potentially unwanted programs on your system. You can use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to perform the removal.

Software Updater virus

Once installed, SoftwareUpdater initiates fake system scan and inform you about various programs that are out-of-date. As stated on the official website of this program, “All you have to do is click on the pop-up notification in the system tray, and the download will begin in the seconds.” Be careful and do not fall for this trick because Software Updater ads may either reroute you to suspicious websites or may contain an installer of another potentially unwanted program. By the way, you should also be aware that this browser add-on installs “cookies” (tracking software) [4] and may collect information about your browsing history, search terms, IP address, email address, PC’s location and similar information. Keep in mind that gathered information may be used for any suspicious purposes the sneaky perpetrators desire; therefore, we recommend you to hurry up and stop that from happening by performing Software Updater removal ASAP.

Image of Software Updater
Software Updater can annoy you with its ads, redirects and system scans that show exaggerated and often false information about the system's condition.

Methods malware uses to sneak inside your computer and how can it be stopped

Software Updater is a misleading browser plug-in that seems useful, so the users often download it on their computers willingly. However, you should not fall for the false advertising because it’s just another adware that will cause some serious mess during your web browsing. If you are continuously receiving “Ads by SoftwareUpdater,” “Powered by Software Updater,” “Software Updater Offers” and similarly labeled messages, you should ignore them and take needed actions to stop them from appearing. In order to do that, you should see the section that is given below. To prevent installing similar programs in the future, you have to remember several things. First of all, avoid Quick or Basic installation option because it may hide optional downloads and install them by default. In contrast, select Advanced or Custom installation option and look for the section, which informs about additional components. Keep in mind that they later may appear to be adware or browser hijackers; therefore, make sure that you opt out of them all.

Tips and tricks regarding Software Updater removal

If you are looking for some quick tip on how to remove Software Updater virus from your computer, you’ve come to the right place. You can get to the malware removal without further ado by scrolling below where the manual Software Updater removal guidelines are. However, you will perform the virus elimination quicker if you let professional software to take care of it. Specialized malware scanners will filter through your system files and sift out those that might be malicious. As we have already mentioned, this virus may expose your PC to unsafe content, and you may end up with another suspicious or even malicious program on your PC, so it is really unadvisable to delay its removal from your computer for too long. 

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To remove Software Updater adware, follow these steps:

Erase Software Updater from Windows systems

Software Updater may be called a Mac malware but it does infect Windows PCs too. If you’ve been caught off guard and don’t have an antivirus to remove it with, you can use the manual elimination guide below:

  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 Software Updater and related programs
    Here, look for 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'

Get rid of Software Updater from Mac OS X system

If this malware infects your Mac OS X computer at the moment when you can’t use automatic malware removal software, you may follow the instructions below and get rid of the virus manually.

  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 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'

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

Eliminate Software Updater adware from Microsoft Edge

After you uninstall Software Updater from your PC, you must also reset your browser to stop seeng the annoying ads. Here is how you can do that:

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

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

Delete Software Updater from Google Chrome

We’re prepared some guidelines which will help you get rid of the Updater’s ads below:

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

Erase Software Updater from Safari

If you want to stop the pop-ups, banners and other ads from interfering with your web browsing, you should complete the following tutorial to reset your Safari browser:

  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 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 Software Updater removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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