How to remove (uninstall) Prime Updater

Have you mentioned aggressive ads on your favorite websites, tagged as “ads by Prime Updater”? Have you seen the occurrence of Prime Updater somewhere else on the computer? If any of these is true – the device is infected with adware, and our item will assist you to delete it.

Prime Updater

What is Prime Updater

When the penetration takes place, Prime Updater modifies the controls of the browsers. That's its only function, as the essential part of this fraud scheme is the scammers' search engine which takes over your browser when you download Prime Updater. So, the virus changes your default start page, as well as your favorite search and places the unreliable search instead of them. After that, instead of using the reputable Google, Bing, Yahoo or whatever search you're used to – you’ll surf the Web through the low-quality scammers' tool that shows advertising banners pop-up windows irrelevant results and other suchlike trash. One more adware's feature is to modify the settings of the icons of infected browsers so that even if you restore the default settings, you will see the fake search engine as a first tab.

If you've already bothered to get rid of Prime Updater, you could notice that it recovers, no matter how many times you uninstalled it. It occurs because of the Prime Updater's defensive systems, and we will unriddle to you their essence:

  • A scheduled task is the most popular way to start the reinstallation of the virus after its deletion. System tasks are not typically used by common PC users, so the adware just sets a task to confirm if it is running, and if it’s not – to download and install it one more time. This task checks the virus' presence every time you turn on the workstation, and thanks to it Prime Updater keeps returning.
  • Another method has the similar goal, but it uses the system registry and not the Scheduled Tasks service. Scammers make a new value to the registry and you should find and erase it, which is a bit difficult. The regular registry items are required for your computer to work, and by removing one of them, you might cause significant damage to the system.

Prime Updater, as you might have guessed so far, is an advertising utility. Prime Updater can do nothing well, as it’s developed to do one thing: to annoy you. We're joking, the mere irritation is not its final goal, but you'll be irritated in any case when adware does its job – distributes ads. Instantly after the infection, it changes the controls of your browser and delivers you as much spam as it can and sometimes more, ensuring that they have your attention. Adware owners get some tiny amount of money for each click you're making, and now you understand why the banners keep coming: it’s a gold mine. In the following sections, we will tell you how adware got onto the PC and how it can be defended against such viruses. If you already know that and just want to remove adware as soon as possible – ignore the following parts and look at the deletion tips.

 

How Prime Updater was installed in the system

To clarify everything, we will describe the process in total. Most of the advertising tools are copies of each other, replicated many times and sold to third-grade fraudsters with minor alterations made. Some bad guys purchased this particular copy from the Dark Web, added their logo and published it on file-exchanging sites all over the Net. That’s where you picked it up, right? Okay, you’re sure that you didn’t look for adware that will drive you crazy? Or, you needed a perfect method to spoil your system, and received a useful link to Prime Updater downloader? Still no? OK, then, you sought for another program that's actually helpful. Kind of a toll-free utility from a not-so-famous developer, or a pirated copy of a paid utility you aren't going to pay for.

We know this manner as the “bundled installation”, and its essence is that fraudsters combine the installers of several undesired programs and one useful utility into one file. The primary peculiarity of the installer is that it’s called by the name of a helpful program, and you don’t see its content until it's too late. On one of the middle stages, they give out a suggestion to download additional tools, with the required checkmarks filled and the easiest decision is to get them and move forward. And you pressed that button. Don't forget about another manner, with the “manners of installation”. Usually, the installation for practiced users is basically a manual pick of a folder for a tool to be installed, and how many additional utilities do you need. In Prime Updater's case, if you choose the offered method of installation, you let all the viruses from the bundle into the system.

Methods to remove Prime Updater

Method 1. Use special removal software

Method 2. Remove Prime Updater manually

Step 1. Uninstall Prime Updater from the operation system

Step 2. Remove Prime Updater from the browser (Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/IE/Opera/Safari)

 

If you are MAC user, follow this guide How to remove virus from MAC

At this moment you know what Prime Updater is, and you see how it penetrated the PC. We’ve explained almost everything, besides the most significant thing: the methods to eliminate this virus. Here we go. Prime Updater can be deleted via following two simple methods. One of them is what you have already attempted to perform – DIY uninstallation. There's the best way to do that, and below this part, you will see the advice on manual removal. The crucial drawback is that you cannot uninstall several advertising programs with its help as it will require many hours to do. We offer you another method: you may completely uninstall the virus in ten minutes via Spyhunter AntiMalware. It has many advantages, and among them are decent signature database, high operation speed, the compatibility with many anti-viruses and 24/7 support service. Don’t waste time, trying to guard the device with free software – try the real antivirus. Push the button below to download a trial version with limited capacities.

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Instructions for manual deletion

Step 1. Uninstall software from the system

Windows 7

1. Uninstall Prime Updater from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Prime Updater and press Uninstall

2. Delete elements that stayed after uninstalling from Control Panel

  • C:\Program Files\Prime Updater
  • C:\ProgramData\Prime Updater
  • C:\Users\YOUR_USER\AppData\Roaming\Prime Updater

3. Clean registry:

  • Click Start
  • Type Regedit.exe
  • Search for "Prime Updater" and delete these elements

 

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Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select Prime Updater and press Uninstall

 

Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by:, select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

6. Delete Prime Updater from Control Panel

  • Start
  • Control Panel
  • Programs
  • Programs and Features
  • Uninstall a program
  • Select Prime Updater and press Uninstall

7. Remove elements like on Win7.

 

Step 2. Remove Prime Updater from the browser

Internet Explorer

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Tools
  • Manage add-ons
  • Remove Prime Updater

Step 2.Change homepage:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Home page
  • Put “about:blank”

Step 3. Change new tab page:

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • General
  • Tabs

 

Google Chrome

Step 1. Remove add-on:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • More Tools
  • Extensions
  • Remove Prime Updater

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Customize and Control Google Chrome
  • Settings
  • Open a specific page or set of pages
  • Delete all specific pages

 

Mozilla Firefox

Step 1. Delete add-on:

  • Open menu
  • Add-ons
  • Extensions
  • Remove Prime Updater

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open menu
  • Options
  • General
  • Put “about:blank” into Home page field

 

Opera browser

Step 1. Disable add-on:

  • Open Opera;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Extensions;
  • Choose Prime Updater and press button "Remove from Opera"

Step 2. Change homepage:

  • Open Opera browser;
  • Customize and Control Opera;
  • Settings;
  • On Startup;
  • Open a specific page or set of pages;
  • Press button "Set pages" and change Homepage to your favorite one.

 

Safari

Step 1. Start Safari browser

Step 2. Display a menu of General Safari Settings

Step 3. Reset Safari...

Step 4. Press "Reset"

 

Video how to reset browser and remove all extensions

 

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