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Manual Removal Guide for PU.SPCS.SmartDriverUpdater

September 20th, 2017
The following instructions have been created to help you to get rid of "PU.SPCS.SmartDriverUpdater" manually.
Use this guide at your own risk; software should usually be better suited to remove malware, since it is able to look deeper.

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Threat Details:

Categories:

  • pups

Description:

PU.SPCS.SmartDriverUpdater is an application for automated driver updates. The free version only scans for outdated drivers. If the user wants to install the drivers, they have to buy an annual license for 35.64 EUR (status: August 2017).

Removal Instructions:

Autorun:

Please use Spybot-S&D, RunAlyzer or msconfig.exe to remove the following autorun entries.

  • Entries named "Smart Driver Updater" and pointing to "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Smart PC Solutions\Smart Driver Updater\SDUTray.exe".

Files:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these files.

  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Smart Driver Updater\Check other products\Express Uninstaller.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Smart Driver Updater\Check other products\Smart Data Recovery.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Smart Driver Updater\Check other products\Smart PC.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Smart Driver Updater\Help.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Smart Driver Updater\Smart Driver Updater on the Web.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Smart Driver Updater\Smart Driver Updater.lnk".
  • The file at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Smart Driver Updater\Uninstall Smart Driver Updater.lnk".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Smart PC Solutions\Smart Driver Updater\SDUTray.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Smart PC Solutions\Smart Driver Updater\SmartDriverUpdater.exe".
  • The file at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Smart PC Solutions\Smart Driver Updater\unins000.exe".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If PU.SPCS.SmartDriverUpdater uses rootkit technologies, use the rootkit scanner integrated into Spybot-S&D 2.x or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify files!

Important: There are more files that cannot be safely described in simple words. Please use Spybot-S&D to remove them.

Folders:

Please use Windows Explorer or another file manager of your choice to locate and delete these folders.

  • The directory at "<$APPDATA>\Smart Driver Updater".
  • The directory at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Smart Driver Updater\Check other products".
  • The directory at "<$COMMONPROGRAMS>\Smart Driver Updater".
  • The directory at "<$PROGRAMFILES>\Smart PC Solutions\Smart Driver Updater".

Make sure you set your file manager to display hidden and system files. If PU.SPCS.SmartDriverUpdater uses rootkit technologies, use our RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.
You will have to use a global search for files without a name specified. Be extra careful, because just the name might not be enough to identify folders!

Registry:

You can use regedit.exe (included in Windows) to locate and delete these registry entries.

  • Delete the registry key "Smart Driver Updater_is1" at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\".
  • Delete the registry key "Smart Driver Updater" at "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Smart PC Solutions\".

If PU.SPCS.SmartDriverUpdater uses rootkit technologies, use our RegAlyzer, RootAlyzer or our Total Commander anti-rootkit plugins.

Final Words:

If neither Spybot-S&D nor self help did resolve the issue or you would prefer one on one help,

  1. Please read these instructions before requesting assistance,
  2. Then start your own thread in the Malware Removal Forum where a volunteer analyst will advise you as soon as available.
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