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Should I remove Driver Genius Professional Edition?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
65% remove it35% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,017
United States Rank #3,099
Reach 0.3266%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.62 days
519.86 days >
Average installed length: 273.14 days


9.0 0.02% 0.22%
11.0 56.61% 0.11%
10.0 30.09%

Driver Genius Professional Edition

What is Driver Genius Professional Edition?

This is an application designed to check the computer's installed drivers against a database of available drivers for a number of software and device hardware applications. If driver updates are available the software will automatically download them from the manufacturers web site and install them.

About  (from Driver-Soft)

Driver Genius is a professional driver management tool that features both driver management and hardware diagnostics. Driver Genius can detect and quickly backup drivers installed on the system. It can compress the backup drivers to a zip file, self extracting file or an independent executable auto installer program. Y...  Read more


The most used version is 11.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is drivergenius.exe. A vast majority of those who have this installed end up removing it just after a couple weeks. The software installer includes 62 files and is usually about 18.55 MB (19,452,789 bytes). LiveUpdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Many experts agree, if you don't use it you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Driver Genius Professional Edition.
drivergenius.exe (a5f808a27b959a01924ae10fc22fe27f) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Bkav FE HW32.Laneul
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan. Win32.SuspectCrc
LiveDBUpdater.exe (32a6c75530521520676a6cc5f67c641f) has been flagged by the following 22 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Trojan.Generic.7584927
Bitdefender 7.2.5028.0 Trojan.Generic.7584927
Bkav FE W32.Clodd1f.Trojan.4c95
Clam AntiVirus Win.Trojan.7584927
Commtouch SDK W32/Trojan.WSFB-0465
Comodo Security 17355 UnclassifiedMalware
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Generic.7584927 (B)
Fortinet FortiGate W32/SPNR.0BE312!tr
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Trojan.Generic.7584927
G Data 22 Trojan.Generic.7584927
IKARUS anti.virus T3. not-a-virus.Crack.DriverGen
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.DeepScan.f.(kcloud)
McAfee 5.600.0.1067 Artemis!32A6C7553052
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!32A6C7553052
MicroWorld-eScan Trojan.Generic.7584927
Norman 7.02.06 Suspicious_Gen4.AICAR
Panda Antivirus Generic Trojan
Sophos 4.95.0 Mal/Generic-L
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 WS.Reputation.1
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_SPNR.0BE312
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_SPNR.0BE312
VIPRE Antivirus 23838 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
LiveUpdate.exe (b363c398b89400414a9daaab2626f287) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
CAT-QuickHeal 10.00 (Suspicious) - DNAScan
Clam AntiVirus 0.94.1 PUA.Packed.ASPack212
Panda Antivirus Suspicious file
unins001.exe (93f95108a259907fefd14bba8c54c15b) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Antiy-AVL Worm/Win32.WhiteIce
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 WS.Reputation.1
StarterW3i.exe (c834edb9141816e61e98969f45e2d179) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG DriverCleaner.A
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0831
drvgenpro.exe (b098b8cc1e6dad39ec26c42336a31595) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVG DriverCleaner.A
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.04.09.267 VIRUS_UNKNOWN
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Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.driver-soft.com
Help link: www.driver-soft.com/support.html
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Driver-Soft\DriverGenius\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Driver-Soft\DriverGenius\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 18.55 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Driver Genius Professional Edition

Program executable:drivergenius.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Driver Genius
Path:C:\Program Files\driver-soft\drivergenius\drivergenius.exe
Additional files:
  • Driver Genius.exe - Driver Genius Professional Edition (Driver Genius Professional Edition Setup)
  • drvgenpro v11.0.0.1112.exe
  • drvgenpro.exe
  • setup.exe
  • Uninstall.exe - Driver Genius Pro v11.0.0.1128
  • TaskTray.exe - Driver Genius Task Scheduler
  • (Malware detected) StarterW3i.exe - Driver Genius Starter
  • Driver_Genius.exe - Driver Genius (Driver Genius Setup)
  • NvDriverTweak.exe - NvDriverTweak (NVIDIA Driver Tweak)
  • LiveUpdate.exe - LiveUpdate
  • CodejockControls.ocx (by Codejock Software) - Xtreme Suite ActiveX Control Module
  • XceedZip.dll (by Xceed Software Inc (450) 442-2626 [email protected] www.xceedsoft.com) - Xceed Zip Compression Library
  • (Malware detected) LiveDBUpdater.exe (by ADMIN@CRACK Shareware KILLER :)) - Driver Genius LiveBDUpdater
  • HWiNFO32.dll (by Martin MalĂ­k - REALiX) - HWiNFO32 Client Library (HWiNFO32 Dynamic Link Library)
  • clmultidx7.ocx (by Clever Components) - Clever Internet Suite (Clever Internet ActiveX Suite)
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)
  • aspr_ide.dll - ASProtect IDE Helper
  • unins001.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

3 Scheduled Tasks
  • DriverGenius.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Driver Genius Skip UAC'.
  • unins001.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{598B6615-4F29-4FB1-8521-D3DEAA680C70}' (runs on registration).
  • StarterW3i.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{9F9F47EE-62A6-4071-B666-A4A00B18012E}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • DriverGenius.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Driver Genius Scheduler.
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • DriverGenius.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Driver Genius' which loads as C:\Program Files\Driver-Soft\DriverGenius\DriverGenius.exe systray.
  • TaskTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'TaskTray' which loads as C:\Program Files\Driver-Soft\DriverGenius\TaskTray.exe.
  • StarterW3i.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Starter' which loads as C:\Program Files\Driver-Soft\DriverGenius\StarterW3i.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • DriverGenius.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Driver-Soft\DriverGenius\DriverGenius.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:966 KB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0044758887%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00357497%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00090092%
0.015104% average
Memory:48.45 MB
Total CPU:0.0573726052%
Kernel CPU:0.03591015%
User CPU:0.02146245%

How do I remove Driver Genius Professional Edition?

You can uninstall Driver Genius Professional Edition 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Driver Genius Professional Edition, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 Genius Professional Edition.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 65%
Win XP (SP 1) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 65%
Keep it 35%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 72.66%
Windows XP 12.40%
Windows 10 8.98%
Windows Vista 5.93%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 30.08%
Windows 7 Ultimate 28.82%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.25%
Windows 7 Professional 11.06%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.48%
Windows 8.1 Pro 1.92%

Distribution by countryGeography

30.16% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 30.16%
  Germany 17.33%
  United Kingdom 3.95%
  Italy 3.62%
  France 3.35%
  Spain 2.90%
  Romania 2.56%
  Canada 2.39%
  Netherlands 1.93%
  Brazil 1.75%
  Mexico 1.61%
  Australia 1.47%
  Iran 1.35%
  Poland 1.26%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 23.81%
Acer 21.03%
Dell 20.60%
ASUS 8.67%
Toshiba 4.58%
Intel 2.98%
American Megatrends 2.55%
Lenovo 1.72%
Samsung 1.52%
Sahara 1.26%
Medion 0.89%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 8.26%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.67%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.13%
Dell Inspiron N5110 3.23%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.15%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.06%

About (from Driver-Soft Inc.)

Our company owns many years of software developing experiences, advanced production designing and researching experiences.
Publisher URL: www.driver-soft.com


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