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Remove UpdateAdmin adware (Removal Instructions) - Jan 2020 update

removal by Jake Doevan - - | Type: Adware

UpdateAdmin is a potentially unwanted program that is recognized by multiple AV providers

UpdateAdminUpdateAdmin is a potentially unwanted program that changes web browser settings without permission

UpdateAdmin, also known as DownloadAdmin by Tightrope Interactive, is an application that is allegedly designed to help users easily download and install new programs, as well as update the existing ones. While the functionality of this download manager might seem useful for some, it is also worth mentioning that it is an adware app that will spam your Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer with intrusive ads. Additionally, if you decide to use UpdateAdmin for downloading apps, you should be aware that you might end up installing malware even without realizing it.

In most cases, users do not download UpdateAdmin intentionally, as it is often bundled with other software that hosted on third-party sites. Due to careless installation practices of users and clever placements of optional components within the installers of app developers, the potentially unwanted program often managed to sneak in unnoticed. As a result, users may find their web browser settings altered, and pop-ups, deals, offers, flashing windows will start interfering with their web browser sessions as long as UpdateAdmin remains on the system.

Name UpdateAdmin 
Also known as DownloadAdmin, Bush Street Installer
Developer Tightrope Interactive 
Type  Adware, potentially unwanted program 
Related files  UpdateAdmin.exe, UpdateAdmin-bg.exe, UpdateAdmin-bho64.dll, UpdateAdmin-nova.exe
Infiltration  PUPs are typically installed together with freeware/shareware apps acquired from third-party websites 
Risks  Users might be redirected to scam and phishing sites where they will be asked to install other potentially unwanted programs to allegedly remove viruses from the computer or to provide their personal information
  • Pop-ups, deals, offers, in-text links, and other ads show up on all websites that you visit
  • UpdateAdmin browser add-on is installed on web browsers
  • Browsers operate slower than usual
  • Redirects lead to sites that claim bogus statements that ask you to call a provided number, download a particular application or provide personal information
Termination Scan your machine with anti-malware software or check out our manual removal guide below
Recovery If your computer shows unwanted signs after the infection is terminated, such as slowness, errors, BSODs, and similar, you can repair system files with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego

The main functionality of UpdateAdmin is that it would let users keep all the applications updated, which may seem like a nice feature. However, most of the apps update automatically as long as settings are configured correctly. Nevertheless, it is indeed important to keep all apps on the system patched, as software vulnerabilities are serious security hazard – it allows malicious actors to insert malware automatically. UpdateAdmin is not a good option when trying to protect yourself from these attacks, however.

Despite its functionality, UpdateAdmin will display intrusive pop-ups and another type of commercial content during web browsing sessions, which may seem annoying, as they cover the original content of the website and slow down its loading speed. In most cases, UpdateAdmin ads will not be marked, although users might sometimes see the following tags:

  • Ads by UpdateAdmin
  • UpdateAdmin ads
  • Brought to you by UpdateAdmin
  • Powered by UpdateAdmin, etc.

UpdateAdmin ads, in some cases, might lead users to not so secure sites, including phishing, scam, and even ones that hold malicious background scripts. As a result, users might be prompted to install potentially unwanted programs to allegedly get rid of viruses or provide personal information, as well as enter their credentials into a spoofed site. Due to this, the “UpdateAdmin virus” term is quite acceptable, although not entirely correct technically.

Another reason to remove UpdateAdmin is its information tracking practices – the application functions as adware, so its main monetization method is by showing users ads whenever they browse the web. However, to do that more effectively, PUP developers often collect a variety of information about users – especially when it comes to their web browsing habits.

UpdateAdmin adwareUpdateAdmin is an adware app that displays unwanted advertisements on all the installed browsers

Harvesting of data is often performed with the help of cookies or other tracking technologies,[1] which can collect information about users' visited websites, links clicked, ads interacted with, sites visited, as well as the ISP, IP address, and other technical information. Some adware is also capable of collecting personal information, so it is advisable to read the Privacy Policy of all apps that are installed on the system.

UpdateAdmin removal can be accomplished relatively easily with the help of anti-malware software that can recognize the PUP. Nevertheless, it should not be difficult to get rid of the app manually as per the instructions below. Nevertheless, for best results, experts[2] recommend resetting all the installed browsers and performing a scan with Reimage Reimage Cleaner Intego to ensure the machine would not crash or return errors later. 

PUPs land on users' machines unnoticed due to software bundling practices

Many potentially unwanted programs employ an official website where the main installer resides. Nevertheless, they are frequently promoted via other freeware as an “optional install.” Such distribution method is legitimate; however, it's very deceptive and can lead to the unconscious installation of various PUPs.

In order to prevent the unsolicited installation of adware, including Youtube AcceleratorBetterMarkit, and others, you should verify the reliability of every freeware by carefully reading installation instructions, as many tricks are used to hide optional components during the process.

Besides, be very careful when downloading programs from popular download sources, such as,,,, etc., because they tend to promote software packages. If possible, always choose to download software from official sources such as Microsoft Store, App Store, and others – these stores have a collection of millions of apps with various functionality, so there is plenty to choose from.

It is also worth noting that websites that host illegal software installers and software cracks are dangerous – the bundling can go much further and result in the installation of not only PUPs but also malware. Therefore, avoid torrent, warez, crack, and similar sites.

UpdateAdmin PUPUpdateAdmin is distributed with the help of software bundling - a deceptive distribution technique

Get rid of UpdateAdmin

Adware might be not only annoying but also dangerous. Therefore, it is best to remove UpdateAdmin and similar ad-supported software and instead choose reputable alternatives. Note that much of the functionality of this application can be replaced manually – simply set up all the apps to be updated automatically of use the “Check for updates” feature.

You can achieve an easy UpdateAdmin removal with the help of anti-malware software with the “detect potentially unwanted programs” feature on. Keep in mind that having a powerful security program is mandatory for keeping your machine safe from trojans, viruses, worms, rootkits,[3] ransomware, and other malware.

Alternatively, you can get rid of UpdateAdmin with the help of our instructions below – follow each step carefully. Beware that the application changes your web browser settings, and unless you reset them, the unwanted advertisements will continue to show up, even after the termination of the app.

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 UpdateAdmin adware, follow these steps:

Get rid of UpdateAdmin from Windows systems

To terminate UpdateAdmin from Windows, follow these steps:

  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 UpdateAdmin and related programs
    Here, look for UpdateAdmin 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'

Remove UpdateAdmin from Mac OS X system

macOS users should perform the following steps to get rid of adware and other unwanted apps:

  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 UpdateAdmin 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'

Eliminate UpdateAdmin 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 UpdateAdmin 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 UpdateAdmin removal. Go to 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Reset' button. Now select 'Delete personal settings' and click on 'Reset' button again

Uninstall UpdateAdmin adware 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, UpdateAdmin should be removed from your Microsoft Edge browser.

Delete UpdateAdmin from Mozilla Firefox (FF)

Reset Mozilla Firefox in order to prevent the unwanted activity on your browser:

  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 UpdateAdmin 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 UpdateAdmin removal. Click on 'Reset Firefox' button for a couple of times

Erase UpdateAdmin 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 UpdateAdmin 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 UpdateAdmin removal. Click on 'Reset' button to complete your removal

Get rid of UpdateAdmin 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 UpdateAdmin 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 UpdateAdmin 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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