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DriverUpdate, by SlimWare Utilities

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#1 cafejose


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Posted 19 November 2014 - 11:15 PM

What is it?  Is it good or bad?  This seems to not have been on the computer for very long a time, so I believe one of the other users was fooled into installing it.  The computer is about 3 years old, and this DriverUpdate by SlimWare Utilities has been coming up on its own for the past few weeks from time to time and tries to do some scans; now  I have gone through its options to turn off the automatic parts.  I tried a few web searches but nothing absolutely conclusive about DriverUpdate being good or bad.  Norton 360 does not signal anything about it.  No other computer disfunctions.




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Edited by hamluis, 20 November 2014 - 09:35 AM.
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#2 hamluis



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Posted 20 November 2014 - 09:34 AM

I think it's trash, totally unnecessary and of little value.


In the first place...hardware drivers (there are drivers in your firewall, your AV, your video edit program, your .mp3/music player, and others)...there is no reason to fiddle with drivers if everything works fine.  A  working system is a good system, no reason to break something unnecessarily and have to cry for help.


If drivers need to be updated...usually that is clearly apparent.


If drivers need to be replaced because they are damaged/corrupted...then it seems easy enough to download said driver, uninstall the damaged driver via Device Manager, and then install the replacement.  The drivers will normally be found at the website of either the system manufacturer if it is an OEM system (Dell, HP, etc.) or the specific component manufacturer if you have not purchased your system from one of the "name brand" system manufacturers and either built your own or had someone assemble specific components for you as a custom build..


The only items on any system...that truly need continuous updating...are the Windows critical update files, your installed AV program, and any other applications which may be installed to assist in providing security for your system.



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Posted 22 November 2014 - 09:07 PM

As a general rule drivers NEVER need updating, if your drivers worked fine in the past then unless thye somehow got corrupted and damaged thye will work fine now. Unlike programs drivers don't get security holes appearing in them so updating drivers won't have any effect on how vulnerable you are to viruses. The program you describe is not neccessarily a true virus (you said norton doesn't spot it) but it is most likely dangerous. Uninstalling it should be the only thing you need to do. It is possible it came bundled on the computer as bloatware, some software developers will bribe hardware manufacturers to put (technically harmless if the user doesn't run it) junk onto systems before sale. Utilities that claim to improve performance are a common type of bloatware, infact the presence of these utilities lowers performance. Attempting to make the user beleive they do something important and use of the word "recommended" is another common feature of bloatware. Maybe this program was installed by a careless user years ago, maybe it was on the system from the start, removing it should be the only thing needed, or in the ulikely case that this bloatware/junkware has gone deep in the system and uninstalling could interfere with important system files then it might be best to leave the junk installed but never let it run. If this piece of bloatware is on the system there might be others, if you run minitoolbox from this site it will list all the programs on your system, you could post that log here and ask if anyone recognises other programs to be junk.
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