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Should I remove Driver Detective?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
45% remove it55% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #20,089
United States Rank #12,485
Reach 0.0110%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 8.37 days
246.94 days >
Average installed length: 129.75 days


VersionDistribution 5.61% 0.47% 3.74% 2.80% 2.80% 17.29% 0.47% 16.82% 6.54% 3.74% 7.48% 2.34% 3.74% 3.27% 1.40% 5.14% 7.94% 0.93% 0.47% 1.87% 0.47% 0.93% 0.47% 0.47% 1.40% 0.47% 0.47% 0.47%

Driver Detective

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Driver Detective is a program developed by PC Drivers HeadQuarters LP. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program registers itself to launch on boot through a Windows Schedule Task in order to automatically start-up. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The main program executable is drivershq.driverdetective.client.exe. The software installer includes 28 files and is usually about 14.09 MB (14,777,082 bytes). Microsoft.ApplicationBlocks.Updater.ActivationProcessors.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 78% of users of Driver Detective come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.drivershq.com
Help link: account.driversupport.com/support/contact?wlid=30
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Driver Detective
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Driver Detective\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 14.09 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Driver Detective

Program executable:drivershq.driverdetective.client.exe
Name:Driver Detective
Path:C:\Program Files\driver detective\drivershq.driverdetective.client.exe
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe - Driver Detective
  • ISUninstall.exe - DriverSupport.com
  • Microsoft.ApplicationBlocks.Updater.ActivationProcessors.dll - Microsoft Corp. - DriverSupport.com
  • Microsoft.ApplicationBlocks.Updater.dll
  • Microsoft.ApplicationBlocks.Updater.Downloaders.dll
  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Common.dll
  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Security.Cryptography.dll
  • Microsoft.Practices.ObjectBuilder.dll
  • RuleEngine.XmlSerializers.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • DriversHQ.DriverDetective.Client.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Driver Detective-RTMUpdater' (runs weekly on Mondays at 4:13 AM).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • DriversHQ.DriverDetective.Client.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Driver Detective.

How do I remove Driver Detective?

Quickly and completely remove Driver Detective from your computer by downloading Reason's ‘Should I Remove It?’ (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Driver Detective from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Driver Detective, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Driver Detective.

Win 10 70%
Win XP 0%
Scheduled task? Yes
(Runs on Windows boot)
Uninstall it 45%
Keep it 55%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 70.09%
Windows 7 23.83%
Windows XP 3.74%
Windows Vista 2.34%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 43.19%
Windows 10 Pro 15.49%
Windows 7 Home Premium 11.27%
Windows 8.1 6.57%
Windows 7 Professional 6.10%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.63%

Distribution by countryGeography

78.03% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 78.03%
  Canada 3.82%
  United Kingdom 2.87%
  Germany 2.23%
  Australia 1.91%
  Italy 1.91%
  France 0.64%
  India 0.64%
  DZ 0.64%
  Austria 0.64%
  BO 0.32%
  South Africa 0.32%
  TN 0.32%
  NG 0.32%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 30.92%
Hewlett-Packard 28.95%
Lenovo 9.87%
Toshiba 8.55%
Acer 8.55%
ASUS 7.24%
American Megatrends 1.32%
Medion 0.66%
Intel 0.66%
Sony 0.66%
Common models
Hewlett-Packard 500-336 2.52%
Dell XPS 8700 2.52%
Dell OptiPlex 755 2.52%
ASUS All Series 1.68%
ASUSTeK X751SA 1.68%
HP G72 Notebook PC 1.68%


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