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Super Driver Updater. How to remove? (Uninstall guide)

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Super Driver Updater – a potentially unwanted program with hidden intentions

Super Driver Updater PUP
Super Driver Updater is a potentially unwanted program that gets into users' machines via software bundling or other deceptive techniques

Super Driver Updater is a deceptive software for Windows operating systems which belongs to the category of potentially unwanted programs.[1] These applications are typically injected in users' machines without their permission – usually using deceptive marketing like software bundling or misleading advertisement. The app promises to get rid of outdated drivers, update them and make the machine run faster and increase the overall performance. Unfortunately, that is not the primary purpose of Super Driver Updater. The app developers hope to gain revenue by displaying pop-up ads, banners, coupons, deals and similar advertisement on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or other browsers. Additionally, the application may collect certain information about users, as well as show bogus scan results and prompt them to buy a licensed version.

Summary
Name Super Driver Updater
Type Potentially Unwanted Program
Infiltration Software bundling or online advertisement
Main dangers System file corruption due to bad driver installation
Effects Fake scan results, intrusive advertisement
Fix Use Reimage to fix the broken Windows Registry

Drivers are essential for your computer and should be updated regularly in order to keep your device up and running. However, some optimization tools that promise a lot of benefits typically have ulterior motives. Frequent pop-up ads, fake scan results and quite excessive information gathering might make some users call it Super Driver Updater virus. While it isn't malware, bogus optimization tools are something users should stay away from. Besides, online scanning tools like Virus total recognize[2] the app as malicious.

Once installed, Super Driver Updater changes Windows Registry. This allows the application to start with every Windows bootup. Therefore, frequent scans that occur without users' initiation might appear out of nowhere and inform them of the alleged threats. This is very typical behavior of scareware, and many deceptive apps use this technique (for example, Win TonicSmart PC Mechanic, and many more). Therefore, instead of trusting the claims that computer needs repair, you should seek Super Driver Updater removal as soon as possible.

One of the worst features of apps like Super Driver Updater is that they are usually not created by the field experts and can often harm the computer. For example, it is unknown what sources the application uses to get the alleged updates. Therefore, installing questionable drivers might stop the Windows machine to stop working entirely or mess it up badly. 

Those who agree to purchase a licensed version will have to provide credit card details and other personal information. Security experts[3] warn that users should think twice before doing so, as personal data is extremely valuable for cybercriminals, so it could be stolen if the information is not sufficiently protected. Therefore, do not purchase Super Driver Updater, there are several legitimate tools that can keep your drivers up to date.

Additionally, users who use Super Driver Updater are constantly monitored, and their browsing habits are carefully compiled in order to provide targeted adverts. The data collected may include:

  • IP address;
  • Browsing history;
  • Sites visited;
  • Bookmarks;
  • Links clicked;
  • Etc.

To conclude, we recommend you to take care of Super Driver Updater removal if it got into your machine – you can find the instructions below. Because the app could have messed up the Windows Registry, we suggest you use Reimage to fix the damage done.

Potentially unwanted programs sneak in without users noticing

The application can be downloaded on the official website. However, it is highly unlikely that users would seek to download such an unreliable tool themselves. Besides, those less computer-savvy individuals might not even know what drivers are and what is the purpose of it. Thus, once driver updater software is installed, it is much easier to convince unsuspecting users that the purchase of the full version is needed.

To achieve that, deceptive software developers use software bundling to spread the application to as many computers as possible. The infiltration happens when users download free apps from the internet and install them without paying much attention to the process. Wile legal, software bundling is extremely deceptive and tries to hide full terms and conditions from the user.

Therefore, it is vital to read the full installation instructions and never click the “Next” button several times. Most importantly, users should always go for Advanced or Custom installation mode, because that is where potentially unwanted programs are hidden. It is not surprising that Recommended option is pre-clicked, as it makes users think that it is the best choice for the installation. Thus, do not get tricked and watch out for additional components inside the installers.

Delete Super Driver Updater and use reliable software instead

Super Driver Updater removal should not be too complicated to most users. However, users might have problems with other programs that might have slipped in without them noticing. Those deceptive apps might be lacking the uninstallation executable and deleting them might be problematic. Therefore, it is always advisable to perform a full system scan using reputable security software. Then, you can use Reimage to fix the damage done by Super Driver Updater virus.

Alternatively, you can rely on manual Super Driver Updater removal. You will find full instructions on how to eliminate the threat and clear all browsers below. Please make sure you follow the guide correctly, as wrong actions might fail to get rid of unwanted programs.

You can remove virus damage automatically with a help of one of these programs: Reimage, Malwarebytes MalwarebytesCombo Cleaner, Plumbytes Anti-MalwareMalwarebytes 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 Super Driver Updater, follow these steps:

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Delete Super Driver Updater from Windows systems

To get rid of Super Driver Updater from Windows, use the following guide:

  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 Super Driver Updater and related programs
    Here, look for Super Driver 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'
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Erase Super Driver 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 Super Driver 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 Super Driver Updater removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again
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Remove Super Driver Updater from Microsoft Edge

Once the PUP is eliminated, make sure you reset Internet Explorer:

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, Super Driver Updater should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

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Get rid of Super Driver 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 Super Driver 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 Super Driver Updater removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times
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Uninstall Super Driver Updater from Google Chrome

  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 Super Driver 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 Super Driver Updater removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal
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Delete Super Driver 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 Super Driver 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 Super Driver Updater removal process. Select all options and click on 'Reset' button

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