Remove Driver Maintenance

Driver Maintenance may bother you with a number of pop-up alerts and warnings that do not really exist. Remove this unwanted program by executing the guide as presented on this page.

Driver Maintenance is a dubious computer and Windows operating system tool. It claims to update outdated drivers and fix relevant issues on the Operating System. This potentially unwanted program normally arrives on the computer via third-party software like freeware or shareware. A bundling technique is being used by malware author to spread programs like Driver Maintenance. With this scheme, any programs are packed to downloadable applications and also installs on the computer without taking permission from user.

Once Driver Maintenance is installed, it can run a diagnostics on the computer without user’s intervention. Afterwards, user will get alerted by certain issues about out-of-date drivers. The only way you can download the update is by purchasing the full working version of Driver Maintenance. It is completely a fraudulent tactics which aims to alert victims of non-existent troubles in order to market the product.

Victims of Driver Maintenance also assert that uninstalling the program is almost impossible. Using the usual Control Panel feature of Windows system is inadequate to totally get rid of Driver Maintenance. Some left over files are capable of reviving the unwanted program.

Driver Maintenance is technically not a virus. It is more appropriate to be called PUP (potentially unwanted program). Its nature may be as aggressive as computer virus, however, it never replicates once installed on the PC. Also, Driver Maintenance requires to be fully installed on the system carry out its function. This is why authors of this program are employing the bundling technique as a method of distribution.

If you cannot remove Driver Maintenance using the typical way as you would uninstall any program, we have prepared a simple guide on this page to get rid of it. This will require anti-malware scanner to find and delete hidden malicious files concealed on the system.

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Driver Maintenance

Driver Maintenance Removal Procedures

Systematic procedures to get rid of the threat are presented on this section. Make sure to scan the computer with suggested tools and scanners.

NOTE: It is recommended to PRINT or BOOKMARK this instruction because we need to restart Windows during the virus removal process.

Step 1 : Uninstall Driver Maintenance from Windows

1 On Windows Start menu, type Uninstall on Search field. Select Apps & Features on the list. For lower version of Windows, please choose Program and Features. You can uninstall or modify any installed application using this feature.

Program and Features

2 On next window, look for the item "Driver Maintenance" from the list and then, click on Uninstall button.

Remove Malicious Apps

3 When it prompts for confirmation, please click Uninstall to start deleting Driver Maintenance from Windows operating system.

Step 2 : Remove Driver Maintenance remaining items with this tool

This guide requires a tool called Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. It is a free tool designed to eradicate various computer infections including Driver Maintenance. MBAM scanner and malware removal tool is distributed for free.

4 In order to completely remove Driver Maintenance, it is best to download and run the recommended tool. Please click the button below to begin the download process.

Download Tool

5 After downloading, right-click on the file mb3-setup-consumer-[version].exe and select Run as Administrator to install the application.

6 Follow the prompts and install with dafault settings. There are no changes needed during the installation process.

7 Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will launch for the first time. If it prompts for database update, it is necessary proceed with this step.

8 Click on Scan Now button on scanner's console to ensure that it thoroughly check the PC for any presence of Driver Maintenance and other forms of threats.

Scan Now

9 Once the scan has completed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will issue a list of identified threats. Mark all threats and remove them from the computer.

10 If it prompts to restart the computer, please reboot Windows normally.

Step 3 : Double-check if Driver Maintenance still exists

11 Click on the button below to download Norton Power Eraser from official web site. File will be save on your Windows Downloads folder.

NPE Download

12 After downloading, navigate its location and double-click on the NPE.exe file to launch the program.

13 Norton Power Eraser will run. If it prompts for End User License Agreement, please click on Accept to proceed.

14 On NPE main window, click on Unwanted Application Scan to quickly check the computer for malicious programs including Driver Maintenance.

Norton Power Eraser

15 NPE will proceed with the scan. It will search for Trojans, viruses, and malware like Driver Maintenance. This may take some time, depending on the number of files currently stored on the computer.

Step 4 : Run Additional Scanner to Ensure that Driver Maintenance is Totally Deleted

Online Virus Scanner:
Another way to remove a virus without the need to install additional anti-virus software is to perform a thorough scan with free Online Virus Scanner. Browse this page to see a list of free services from specific anti-virus and security company.

Alternative Removal Procedures for Driver Maintenance

Use Windows System Restore to return Windows to previous state

During an infection, Driver Maintenance drops various files and registry entries. The threat intentionally hides system files by setting options in the registry. With these rigid changes, the best solution is to return Windows to previous working state is through System Restore.

To verify if System Restore is active on your computer, please follow the instructions below.

1 On Windows Start menu, type RSTRUI on search field. Then, click the item or press Enter on keyboard.

RSTRUI Command

2 "Restore system files and settings" window will appear. Click Next button to see the list of active restore points.

3 Select the most recent one prior to having Driver Maintenance infection. Click Next to restore Windows to previous working and clean state.

4 It may take a while to fully restore back-up files. Restart Windows when done.

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