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Remove Software Version Updater (Removal Guide) - Aug 2017 update

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Software Version Updater pushes sponsored content without providing useful features

Software Version Updater

Software Version Updater (created by Amonetize, Ltd.) is a potentially unwanted program[1], which can also be called as adware. While posing as an useful software updater, it acts like a shady tool that generates revenue from advertising.

Although it does not belong to malware category, its executive file updater.exe is detected by more than 28 computer security products. The program is highly annoying and hardly adds any value to your daily computer use, so it is highly recommended to remove it.

When such program infiltrates PC system, it may try to modify your computer's settings by hijacking each of web browsers and adding its browser add-on. After doing so, this program may start displaying various ads and pop-up notifications that may annoying you to death.

Beware that these ads may be filled with predetermined links that are supposed to redirect you to affiliate websites that are trying to increase their page rank or sales.

Of course, as its name suggests, this program mostly reports about missing updates and then offers downloading them for free. However, you should be very careful with Software Version Updater ads because you may be tricked into downloading another adware or browser hijacker on your computer. Don’t be surprised after discovering Software Version Updater on your system without downloading it there.

This PUP is spread using unfair distribution techniques that will be explained in next paragraph. If you have already started seeing SoftwareVersionUpdater pop-ups, that are labeled as 'brought to you by…', 'powered by…', etc., you should check your computer with reputable anti-spyware to see what is hiding in your computer.

It might be that you have accidentally installed this questionable application that is now initiating havoc on your machine. For eliminating this program we highly recommend you to use Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego (Windows OS) or Malwarebytes (Mac OS X).

Of course, you can also choose manual Software Version Updater removal option to get rid of this adware-type program. However, after doing so you should be very careful and perform each of steps in right order to avoid the removal of useful applications.

Software Version Updater adsSoftware Version Updater adware can cause the appearance of such ads during your browsing sessions.

Tricks used to infect computers with hardly known spyware programs

The described updater.exe hijacks each of web browsers as soon as it infiltrates the system. For that its developers (Amonetize Ltd.) have started using an unfair distribution technique, which is called product bundling[2]. This technique relies on the fact that people don’t pay much attention to the installation process of the freeware and simply click the ‘Next” button until the ‘Finish’ button comes up.

Software installation should never be approached in this way because free downloads are typically filled with various free additions that should be unchecked in order to prevent their installation. If you want to avoid unexpected URL redirects to unknown sites, make sure you don’t install this program.

For that, UdenVirus.dk experts[3] recommend choosing Custom or Advanced method for the installation of freeware and then uncheck checkbox that agrees with its installation. If you have already noticed this program on your machine, you should follow our guide.

Remove Software Version Updater to revive your computer system

In order to remove Software Version Updater virus, you should waste no time and follow these manual removal steps or use automatic removal option. Please, use updated software in order to have all updates on your computer and avoid reappearance of this app.

Only an up-to-date version of any kind of software is the most efficient one. Speaking of security products, their latest versions can help you to easily identify the latest spyware or malware versions.

Before you try the suggested anti-spyware or anti-malware, follow Software Version Updater removal guidelines that we provided. You will need to uninstall the software from your computer and eliminate every other file or program associated with it.

The moment when the potentially unwanted program entered your system was the moment when it spread its components on your computer. You must find each of them and delete them for good.

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To remove Software Version Updater, follow these steps:

Eliminate Software Version Updater from Windows systems

The provided guidelines explain that Software Version Updater hides in Programs and Features (or Add/Remove Programs) section in your computer. It can be accessed via Control Panel. To delete the computer parasite, complete the provided steps.

TIP. If you can't uninstall the program, press Control + Alt + Delete and once the Windows Task Manager appears, go to Processes tab. Here, find and end Updater.exe process (by Amonetize Ltd.).

To remove Software Version 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 Software Version 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 Software Version Updater from Mac OS X system

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

Remove Software Version Updater from Applications folder:

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

Erase Software Version 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 Software Version 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 Software Version Updater removal.Reset Internet Explorer

Remove Software Version 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 Software Version 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

Uninstall Software Version 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 Software Version 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 Software Version 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 Software Version Updater removal.Reset Firefox 2

Get rid of Software Version Updater from Google Chrome

To freshen up Chrome, remove every program associated with this potentially unwanted program.

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 Software Version 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 Software Version 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 Software Version Updater removal.Reset Chrome 2

Eliminate Software Version 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 Software Version 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

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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