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

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

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 ads
Software 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, 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.).

  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 Version Updater and related programs
    Here, look for Software Version 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 Software Version Updater from Mac OS X system

  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 Version 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'

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

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

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

Get rid of Software Version Updater from Google Chrome

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

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

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

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 various losses due to cyber infections or their own faulty doings. Software issues created by malware or direct data loss due to encryption can lead to problems with your device or permanent damage. When you have proper up-to-date backups, you can easily recover after such an incident and get back to work.

It is crucial to create updates to your backups after any changes on the device, so you can get back to the point you were working on when malware changes anything or issues with the device causes data or performance corruption. Rely on such behavior and make file backup your daily or weekly habit.

When you have the previous version of every important document or project you can avoid frustration and breakdowns. It comes in handy when malware occurs out of nowhere. Use Data Recovery Pro for the system restoring purpose.

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