Complete Guide To Uninstall Driver Whiz Virus
Driver Whiz is disguised as a unique Windows driver updater tool which scans the operating systems to find outdated or missing drivers and then updates or installs them. At the first glance, it looks like a useful tool nonetheless; it is indeed a potentially unwanted program (PUP) that often infiltrates the target computers by stealth using a deceptive technique called bundling. This application allows the users to scan the system to see the missing, or out-dated drivers and then displays fake scan results. However, to install/update the drivers, users need to purchase its registered version.
Know More About Driver Whiz:
Driver Whiz has been specially designed by potent hackers in order to deceive people into paying for useless service. Even if you purchase the ‘full version’ of this app, it will not provide you any advantage but rather, you will have to deal with several pernicious issues. Applications like this don’t enter the system alone. They often sneak into the machine along with multiple other components that could be potentially unwanted programs like adware or browser hijackers. These browser-based intruders start serving intrusive advertisements on the desktop screen as soon as they infiltrate the machine.
Driver Whiz PUP displays attractive-looking offers, deals, coupons, banners, discounts etc. and tries to make people click on them in order to earn revenues via pay-per-click scheme. These ads generally contain vicious links and when clicked, redirect users to potentially infectious sites that are filled with malicious contents. Adware programs are able to monitor users’ actions whatever they do online and collect browsing-related data like entered search queries, URLs of accessed sites, links clicked, IP addresses, geolocations and so on. Moreover, it can also steal personal information like bank account and credit card details. The gathered data is later on sold to third-parties for monetary purposes.
Driver Whiz adware can lead you to suffer a big financial loss as your sensitive data can be misused by the scammers for fraudulent transactions or purchases. It eats up huge amount of memory resources which takes up enormous amount of memory resources and drags down the overall PC performance severely. Moreover, your browser starts responding in a very slow manner and takes more than usual time to open even simplest of sites. Due to this parasite, you may have to encounter multiple other nasty issues like boot errors, application malfunctioning, hard drive crash, software failure and so on. And so, a quick an instant Driver Whiz removal is strongly recommended.
How Does PUP Intrude Your System:
Adware, browser hijackers and other unwanted programs are most often distributed bundled with freeware and shareware. They are added to a single package together with the regular software are not revealed appropriately under Quick or Recommended configuration settings. And therefore, if you choose such an installation setup, you will end up with installing unwanted threats in your work-station without even noticing. Additionally, if you have habit of clicking on malicious ads or hyperlinks, it may also lead to PUP intrusion as these contents usually redirect people to malware-laden sites that host adware, and other similar threat.
Tips To Unwanted Installations:
You have to be very attentive while downloading/installing freeware to avoid the risk of PUP intrusions. Carefully choose what freeware to install and how its installation process should be performed. Always opt for the Advanced or Custom installation method and monitor the installation process carefully. Look for the offers to install “optional features” and de-select all the components that you don’t want to be installed in your computer. In case your device is already infected with this PUP, you must remove Driver Whiz from the system without wasting any time.
Antimalware Details And User Guide
Important Note: This malware asks you to enable the web browser notifications. So, before you go the manual removal process, execute these steps.
Google Chrome (PC)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the Menu button
- Select “Settings”. Scroll the mouse downward to choose “Advanced” option
- Go to “Privacy and Security” section by scrolling downward and then select “Content settings” and then “Notification” option
- Find each suspicious URLs and click on three dots on the right side and choose “Block” or “Remove” option
Google Chrome (Android)
- Go to right upper corner of the screen and click on three dots to open the menu button and then click on “Settings”
- Scroll down further to click on “site settings” and then press on “notifications” option
- In the newly opened window, choose each suspicious URLs one by one
- In the permission section, select “notification” and “Off” the toggle button
- On the right corner of the screen, you will notice three dots which is the “Menu” button
- Select “Options” and choose “Privacy and Security” in the toolbar present in the left side of the screen
- Slowly scroll down and go to “Permission” section then choose “Settings” option next to “Notifications”
- In the newly opened window, select all the suspicious URLs. Click on the drop-down menu and select “Block”
- In the Internet Explorer window, select the Gear button present on the right corner
- Choose “Internet Options”
- Select “Privacy” tab and then “Settings” under the “Pop-up Blocker” section
- Select all the suspicious URLs one by one and click on the “Remove” option
- Open the Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right corner of the screen to open the menu
- Scroll down and select “Settings”
- Scroll down further to choose “view advanced settings”
- In the “Website Permission” option, click on “Manage” option
- Click on switch under every suspicious URL
- On the upper right side corner, click on “Safari” and then select “Preferences”
- Go to “website” tab and then choose “Notification” section on the left pane
- Search for the suspicious URLs and choose “Deny” option for each one of them
Manual Steps to Remove Driver Whiz:
Remove the related items of Driver Whiz using Control-Panel
Windows 7 Users
Click “Start” (the windows logo at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen), select “Control Panel”. Locate the “Programs” and then followed by clicking on “Uninstall Program”
Windows XP Users
Click “Start” and then choose “Settings” and then click “Control Panel”. Search and click on “Add or Remove Program’ option
Windows 10 and 8 Users:
Go to the lower left corner of the screen and right-click. In the “Quick Access” menu, choose “Control Panel”. In the newly opened window, choose “Program and Features”
Mac OSX Users
Click on “Finder” option. Choose “Application” in the newly opened screen. In the “Application” folder, drag the app to “Trash”. Right click on the Trash icon and then click on “Empty Trash”.
In the uninstall programs window, search for the PUAs. Choose all the unwanted and suspicious entries and click on “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After you uninstall all the potentially unwanted program causing Driver Whiz issues, scan your computer with an anti-malware tool for any remaining PUPs and PUAs or possible malware infection. To scan the PC, use the recommended the anti-malware tool.
How to Remove Adware (Driver Whiz) from Internet Browsers
Delete malicious add-ons and extensions from IE
Click on the gear icon at the top right corner of Internet Explorer. Select “Manage Add-ons”. Search for any recently installed plug-ins or add-ons and click on “Remove”.
If you still face issues related to Driver Whiz removal, you can reset the Internet Explorer to its default setting.
Windows XP users: Press on “Start” and click “Run”. In the newly opened window, type “inetcpl.cpl” and click on the “Advanced” tab and then press on “Reset”.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 Users: Press the Windows logo, type inetcpl.cpl in the start search box and press enter. In the newly opened window, click on the “Advanced Tab” followed by “Reset” button.
For Windows 8 Users: Open IE and click on the “gear” icon. Choose “Internet Options”
Select the “Advanced” tab in the newly opened window
Press on “Reset” option
You have to press on the “Reset” button again to confirm that you really want to reset the IE
Remove Doubtful and Harmful Extension from Google Chrome
Go to menu of Google Chrome by pressing on three vertical dots and select on “More tools” and then “Extensions”. You can search for all the recently installed add-ons and remove all of them.
If the problems related to Driver Whiz still persists or you face any issue in removing, then it is advised that your reset the Google Chrome browse settings. Go to three dotted points at the top right corner and choose “Settings”. Scroll down bottom and click on “Advanced”.
At the bottom, notice the “Reset” option and click on it.
In the next opened window, confirm that you want to reset the Google Chrome settings by click on the “Reset” button.
Remove Driver Whiz plugins (including all other doubtful plug-ins) from Firefox Mozilla
Open the Firefox menu and select “Add-ons”. Click “Extensions”. Select all the recently installed browser plug-ins.
If you face problems in Driver Whiz removal then you have the option to rese the settings of Mozilla Firefox.
Open the browser (Mozilla Firefox) and click on the “menu” and then click on “Help”.
Choose “Troubleshooting Information”
In the newly opened pop-up window, click “Refresh Firefox” button
The next step is to confirm that really want to reset the Mozilla Firefox settings to its default by clicking on “Refresh Firefox” button.
Remove Malicious Extension from Safari
Open the Safari and go to its “Menu” and select “Preferences”.
Click on the “Extension” and select all the recently installed “Extensions” and then click on “Uninstall”.
Open the “Safari” and go menu. In the drop-down menu, choose “Clear History and Website Data”.
In the newly opened window, select “All History” and then press on “Clear History” option.
Delete Driver Whiz (malicious add-ons) from Microsoft Edge
Open Microsoft Edge and go to three horizontal dot icons at the top right corner of the browser. Select all the recently installed extensions and right click on the mouse to “uninstall”
Open the browser (Microsoft Edge) and select “Settings”
Next steps is to click on “Choose what to clear” button
Click on “show more” and then select everything and then press on “Clear” button.
In most cases, the PUPs and adware gets inside the marked PC through unsafe freeware downloads. It is advised that you should only choose developers website only while downloading any kind of free applications. Choose custom or advanced installation process so that you can trace the additional PUPs listed for installation along with the main program.