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File: DriverUpdate Startup

Location of DriverUpdate Startup and Associated Malware

Check whether DriverUpdate Startup is present in the following locations:

DriverUpdate Startup file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\DriverUpdate Startup

If you find DriverUpdate Startup file in any of these locations, your computer is very likely to be infected with the following malware:

IMPORTANT: Malware files can be camouflaged with the same file names as legitimate files. The DriverUpdate Startup file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of DriverUpdate Startup File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
28166034C1192D834AF4D82FB6E4BD283DB4Jun 26, 2015
2820F505E00CF884BBFDEB97F6E1C6604ED6Jun 27, 2015
282865F864D03B3B71B62402186FE0AEE85FJul 23, 2015
28685E2B96B0FE3BE9FA7208CAC9EF1C989AAug 19, 2015
28126AB11673ED34AEE4F6B351B282021822Aug 26, 2015
2824E09AEAE071495E3BB43C406FFE472044Sep 4, 2015
281628D221986B45690C9176EB48DE25325ASep 5, 2015
2832F71431EF82DE07E28686EC1BF6EAD45FOct 5, 2015
2844FF39572085C8F06975A65230712C611FOct 27, 2015
281207C40A9406708C71595A9F6F46FF3798Nov 25, 2015
2820B41201409581EF75CCD139D0535B2F68Dec 4, 2015
2836B777EA2192B4AD73DF5B53019C7C5AACDec 16, 2015
282041F17F8DA3EBD16A6F8CC5C084EF64FCJan 13, 2016
2816941273853A04E90EA0738BCF6E8BEEC8Feb 1, 2016
24920A10A42055B8FC574546119C74C39A64Feb 5, 2016
281633B3D8DF113C5F4BAC645FECE8C3936AFeb 11, 2016
2848D1BBA34E086CCA1454A822ABB60ACBDBMar 18, 2016
2926A4D728B7687AEADB7C6B40ACB247187BMar 28, 2016
2832422C36FF499BB047F3E9E4958471F28FApr 19, 2016
28267F32F7A085A7CD2B2FDC347CAC219616Apr 26, 2016
28201D67B2F20ABB43085B38A3FD4D48FC5FMay 4, 2016
2822857CB700D81EA6110A44083715DE7588May 25, 2016
2834B93E89ABC2F36CFC5A95AD3399A85BB0May 26, 2016
29328535E8635EEB34773D98F34971D3DCBCMay 30, 2016
28165B421039215F4F3D6DC333B99486B485May 30, 2016
2820522C56E922D1A292FD60F4F4E8DDBEBBAug 24, 2016
2820F6EE24D55E352CE2A56974796C508030Nov 1, 2016
2520041B2BE43F8B2B683E2FF414541C2658Nov 9, 2016
28345130457827BA2D2E118E7D7BC9587B1BNov 13, 2016
28525D11758C5777D1F3152993E09978155FNov 28, 2016
2816C72CFDA381844B9C1755320A9C0FC42DDec 1, 2016
282012B1BF04D0B6FEC27B9A40930DDA23F6Dec 3, 2016
28165FB631B451ECDEBF6BC34113E4BD8938Dec 11, 2016
284409A4EC5629CCFC053B6C4EA1E1B81F68Dec 15, 2016
283627E4ECC43F1C564175EB0282B636CE87Feb 27, 2017
2840FD07E8D26B5E9D82E8384603CC4B1FB1Mar 2, 2017
28162E0691CFDD5761B60FCE557B8558DEF4May 7, 2017
282042CFF5533C3BE7669FA81F3807CB3BE1May 16, 2017
281452E014208BA65BFA9F8588DCE1E8FEB5Jun 7, 2017
2824C47E3092D68A475F52630A965D989DAFJun 23, 2017

Why Is It Important to Remove Malware Files?^

It is imperative that you delete malware-associated files as soon as possible because they can be used - or are already being used - to inflict serious damage on your PC, including:

  • Disrupting the normal functioning of the operating system or rendering it completely useless.
  • Hijacking valuable private information (credit card numbers, passwords, PIN codes, etc.)
  • Directing all your Web searches to the same unwanted or malicious sites.
  • Dramatically slowing down your computer.
  • Gaining total control of your PC to spread viruses and trojans and send out spam.

How to Remove DriverUpdate Startup^

  1. To enable deleting the DriverUpdate Startup file, terminate the associated process in the Task Manager as follows:
    • Right-click in the Windows taskbar (a bar that appears along the bottom of the Windows screen) and select Task Manager on the menu.
    • In the Tasks Manager window, click the Processes tab.
    • On the Processes tab, select DriverUpdate Startup and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of DriverUpdate Startup and Associated Malware.
  3. Select the file and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for each location listed in Location of DriverUpdate Startup and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of DriverUpdate Startup will fail if it is locked; that is, it is in use by some application (Windows will display a corresponding message). For instructions on deleting locked files, see Deleting Locked Files.
    • The deletion of DriverUpdate Startup will fail if your Windows uses the NT File System (NTFS) and you have no write rights for the file. Request your system administrator to grant you write rights for the file.

Deleting Locked Files^

You can delete locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.

After you delete a locked file, you need to delete all the references to the file in Windows registry.

To delete a locked file:

  1. Right-click on the file and select Send To -> Remove on Next Reboot on the menu.
  2. Restart your computer.

The file will be deleted on restart.

Note: In the case of complex viruses that can replicate themselves, malware files can reappear in the same locations even after you have deleted those files and restarted your computer. Exterminate It! Antimalware can effectively eradicate such viruses from your computer.

To remove all registry references to a DriverUpdate Startup malware file:

  1. On the Windows Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit and click OK. The Registry Editor window opens.
  3. On the Edit menu, select Find.
  4. In the Find dialog box, type DriverUpdate Startup. The name of the first found registry value referencing DriverUpdate Startup is highlighted in the right pane of the Registry Editor window.
  5. Right-click the registry value name and select Delete on the menu.
  6. Click Yes in the Confirm Value Delete dialog box.
  7. To delete all other references to DriverUpdate Startup, repeat steps 4-6.
IMPORTANT: Malware files can masquerade as legitimate files by using the same file names. To avoid deleting a harmless file, ensure that the Value column for the registry value displays exactly one of the paths listed in Location of DriverUpdate Startup and Associated Malware.