What is Software Updater?
Software Updater, a rogue application, employs a deceptive software marketing method called ‘bundling’ to install on computers. For this reason, it is categorized as adware. Bundling is a way to distribute applications together with other software, and therefore, users commonly install this app when downloading free software from freeware download websites. Software Updater claims to enable users to easily keep their software up-to-date. In fact, it provides no significant value for the user.
Many popular freeware download websites employ small programs called ‘download managers’ (also called ‘installers’, ‘download clients’, etc.) to monetize their free services. Download managers offer installation of advertised (according to the developers, ‘100% legitimate’) applications or browser add-ons together with the chosen software. Despite these claims, most promoted applications are classed as adware or even malware. Following successful infiltration, these rogue apps generate intrusive online advertisements and collect various information that is later shared with third parties. This behavior may cause further computer infections or serious privacy issues. Although Software Updater does not pose any direct viruses or malware threats, this situation can easily change. Therefore, this potentially unwanted application should be uninstalled from your system immediately.
Software Updater is just one of many applications that infiltrate systems using the bundling method. PaceItApp, Com Notification, and NoProblemPPC are some examples, none of which are useful to the user. Software Updater, and other similar apps, are developed to generate revenue by sharing collected data with third parties, displaying intrusive ads, and redirecting users to various dubious websites. To avoid this situation, check each step of the free software download process to ensure that no other applications are included. Furthermore, when installing software, use the ‘Advanced’ or ‘Custom’ options – this will reveal any concealed applications listed for installation and allow you to opt-out. If you have installed Software Updater, follow the instructions below to eliminate this potentially unwanted program (PUP) from your system.
Deceptive free software installer used in Software Updater adware distribution:
Quick solution to remove SoftwareUpdater Ads
Software Updater adware removal:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for “Software Updater“, select this entry and click “Uninstall” or “Remove”.
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program (which causes Software Updater ads), scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove Software Updater adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, Software Updater did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the “gear” icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select “Manage Add-ons”. Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click “Remove”.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the software updater , reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select “Tools” and click on “Extensions”. Locate: all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the software updater , reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Tools. From the opened menu, select Extensions. In the opened window, select Settings (at the left corner of the screen). Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Show advanced settings… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset browser settings button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select “Add-ons”. Click on “Extensions”, in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with software updater removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click the Open Help Menu icon,
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Reset Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences….
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data…
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
SoftwareUpdater Ads is an adware program that tracks user’s Internet browsing and generates intrusive online advertisements. Most commonly adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate user’s Internet browsers through free software downloads. Internet users should know that nowadays most of free software download websites are using download clients to manage their freeware download process, unfortunately some of the mentioned download clients don’t properly disclose the fact that advertised browser plugins or toolbars will be installed together with the free program that users have decided to download. Download clients and installers that are used to distribute adware commonly hide the decline button that can be used to opt-out of installing the advertised potentially unwanted applications.
Some of the malicious free software download websites doesn’t allow to download the chosen freeware if users decide to decline the installation of promoted software. Notice that the safest source for downloading free software is it’s developers website. To avoid installation of adware be very attentive when downloading and installing free software.
If your download is managed by a download client be sure to decline installation of promoted browser plug-ins and toolbars. When installing the already downloaded free program choose custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal all of the potentially unwanted applications that are being installed together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove softwareupdater ads from your computer, please ask for assistance in our Malware Virus Removal and Tune Up.
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