Can’t uninstall PrUpdater? This page includes detailed instructions on how to remove PrUpdater that can be found at the bottom half of this article.
We’ve published this summary in order to help users wipe out PrUpdater from their pc. If you presently have this program on your PC, then it is likely irritating you with the stream of ads it produces in your internet browser. A standard term to describe software that delivers intrusive adverts is Bloatware. Various other probable unwanted effects coming from an Bloatware application are a changed browser starting page or search engine. Below, you’ll find a guide, which will help you eliminate the Bloatware. It’s going to guide you through the process of uninstalling it in a couple of basic steps.
Is PrUpdater a Virus?
When the majority of people experience the frustration of having an Bloatware on their computer, their very first thought is that their personal computer has been invaded by a pc virus. That isn’t quite correct – computer viruses are nasty bits of coding written for an (malicious) exact task – like personal monitoring/espionage, data destruction and other. Ransomware is a type of destructive type of malicious program we will choose as a possible example. It will encrypt all personal files inside the computer and blackmail its owner for ransom fee for their recovery.
The point is, contrary to a pc virus, Bloatware is definitely more aggravating than damaging and with proper guidance can be taken out without too much difficulty. Bloatware should never cause panic, but underestimating is also something you shouldn’t do. The top solution to handle it is still to remove it from the attacked machine right away. The sad reality is that countless Bloatware utilities are legal according to the law and therefore a large number of anti-virus programs will take no action against them.
The Dangers of programs like PrUpdater
Certain more intrusive software programs of the Bloatware type are said to perform various background processes that a lot of users are unaware of. One possibility is that software programs like PrUpdater may conduct a background process that records your internet history. Any info collected is analyzed as a way to produce more appealing Adverts, then also most likely resold to other promoting companies. This considerably boosts the possibility of a few ads being appealing to you. This is often known as potentially useful, but you shouldn’t disregard that it is a privacy encroachment.
A further detrimental unwanted effect is the very fact that you’d be having a parasitic process on your machine – slower devices can certainly experience reduced workspeed and other problems due to the activities of PrUpdater. Inflated net taxation is also possible issue depending on what your Internet plan is. Possibly, the most unsettling element with Bloatware is usually that typically a couple of its advertisements could come with some security threats. Although this doesn’t happen all that frequently, it will still be a real possibility.
There’re plenty of Bloatware applications around the internet and PrUpdater isn’t the only one such in existence. Learn how to recognize Bloatware before it is installed and you’ll keep your Computer safe and not waste your time and efforts in trying to get rid of the threat after it’s already gotten into your Machine. In reality, most Bloatware applications are quite similar to one another – of course the Ads and the aim of the software could vary but eventually their final intent is to generate Ads on your screen. The ways by which they get on users’ PCs is, likewise, quite identical.
Because most Bloatware programs are legitimate, this means they can easily be distributed through legal channels as well. With this information in your mind, please make a mental note of the fact that just because your anti-virus program informs you that a certain executable does not contain any viruses, this does not mean you should simply install it without paying any attention to its contents. A software bundle can be virus free, yet it could still cause you headaches for hours to come if there’s an Bloatware in it. As earlier mentioned, Bloatware is not illegal, but most of you will find it unwanted and would want to remove it anyway.
It is very likely for the user to get an unwanted program themselves, especially if they aren’t careful enough. Nevertheless, often such programs are installed with the help of a setup wizard, that is actually a program bundle. Such installers are regularly bundled not with one, but often with several Bloatware-like applications. If PrUpdater has gotten on your PC via with the help of such a software bundle, then you could expect to find other Bloatware on your PC as well. Spotting software bundles for what they actually are is really quite simple. Such misleading installation files typically hide the presence of the bundled undesirable software under the Advanced installation option. Anyone agreeing to go with the Default installation is probably also giving their agreement to the installation of the other application too.
PrUpdater Uninstaller Guide
Android user, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.
Mac user, please use our Mac Malware Removal guide.
The following guide will help our readers get rid of the unpleasant PrUpdater software. Follow the instructions and complete each step for best results. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them using our comment section down below.
Preparation: Entering Safe Mode and Revealing Hidden Files and Folders
Before you proceed with the actual removal instructions, you will need to take two extra steps in order to ensure that the guide has maximum effect.
For best results, we advise our readers to boot into Safe Mode prior to attempting to remove the virus. If you do not know how to do that, here is a separate How to Enter Safe Mode guide.
Also, in order to be able to see any potentially undesirable files, you should reveal any hidden files and folders on your PC – here is how to do that.
Step 1: Checking the Task Manager
Open your Task Manager by using the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys and go to the Processes tab. Look for any suspicious processes. For example, any unfamiliar process that uses high amounts of RAM and/or CPU. If you aren’t sure if a certain process comes from malware, tell us in the comments.
Right-click on any process that you consider shady and select Open File Location. Delete anything from the file location of the process.
Step 2: Disabling Startup programs
Use the Winkey + R keyboard combination to open the Run search bar and type msconfig. Hit Enter and in the newly opened window, go to the Startup tab. There, look for suspicious entries with unknown manufacturer or ones that have the name PrUpdater on them. Right-click on those, and select disable.
Step 3: Uninstalling unwanted programs
Go to Start Menu > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Click on Installed On to sort the entries by date from most recent to oldest and look through the programs that come at the top of the list. Right-click on any entries that appear shady and unwanted and then select Uninstall to remove them from your PC. If you see the name PrUpdater in the list of programs, be sure to remove the software without hesitation.
Step 4: Checking for shady IP’s
Open your Start Menu and copy-paste notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts in the search bar. In the notepad file, look below Localhost and see if there are any IP addresses there. If there are some, send them to us in the comments and we will tell you if you should take any action.
Step 5: Cleaning-up the browsers
You will also have to uninstall any undesirable browser extensions from your browser programs. Here’s how to do that for some of the more popular browsers:
Open Chrome and open its main menu. Go to More Tools > Extensions. Look through the list of extensions and uninstall any that you think could be suspicious. To remove them – click on the trash can icon next to each extension.
You can also use a specialized Chrome CleanUp tool if you cannot manually remove a certain extension. Here is an article where you can learn more about the CleanUp tool.
Open Firefox and go to its Menu. Select the Add-ons button.From the left panel, select Extensions and take a look at the different entries. Remove any of the that might be unwanted.
Once you open your IE browser, click on the Tools button at the top-right corner of the program and from the drop-down menu select Manage Add-ons. Check each one of the four different groups of add-ons and search for anything that seems undesirable. If you find anything, click on it and them select Remove.
Open the main menu of Microsoft Edge and go to Extensions. Find the extensions that you believe could be unwanted and right-click on them. Then, select Uninstall.
To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.
If you want to avoid the risk, we recommend downloading SpyHunter - a professional malware removal tool - to see whether it will find malicious programs on your PC.
Step 6: Checking the Registry Editor
Open the Run search bar again and type regedit in it. Hit Enter and once the Registry Editor opens press Ctrl + F. In the search field type PrUpdater and click on Find Next. Tell us in the comments if any results came up when you searched for PrUpdater in your PC’s Registry.
Step 7: Deleting recent entries
For this step, you will have to open your Start Menu and copy-paste the following lines, one by one:
Hit Enter after each one to open a file directory. In the directories, delete the most recent entries that you find there. In the Temp folder, delete all files.
Step 8: System Restore
In order to be fully sure that the unwanted software has been removed from your machine, you can also try using a Restore Point to roll back your system its last stable configuration. However, in order to do that, you would have to previously had had a restore point created. On most systems, such points get created automatically but this isn’t always the case.
- If you want to learn how to configure System Restore and how to manually create Restore Points, follow this link.
- Open your Start Menu and type System Restore.
- Click on the first result – a setup wizard should open.
- Read the brief description of the process and select Next.
- Now, choose a restore from the presented list. You can also check the Show more restore points option in order to reveal any other restore points that might be saved on your PC.
- Click on Scan for affected programs to see what programs will get deleted or restored after you use the Restore Point. (optional)
- Click on next and take and then select Finish.
- A warning window will appear telling you that once the process starts, it shouldn’t be interrupted. Select Yes and be patient as this might take some time. Do not do anything on your PC throughout the duration of the process.
Step 9: Windows Refresh/Reset
Use this method only if nothing else has worked so far as it is a last resort option. If you do not know how to do it, this separate guide will give you the information that you need.
Daniel Sadakov has a degree in Information Technology and specializes in web and mobile cyber security. He harbors a strong detestation for anything and everything malicious and has committed his resources and time to battling all manners of web and mobile threats. He has founded MobileSecurityZone.com, a website dedicated to covering the top tech stories and providing useful tips for the everyday user, in an effort to reach and help more people.