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What percent of users and experts removed it?
53% remove it47% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,000
United States Rank #4,631
Reach 0.0507%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 23.20 days
684.39 days >
Average installed length: 359.60 days


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Driver Restore

What is Driver Restore?

Some versions may be bundled with a 3rd-party download manager. While the software is developed by PC Drivers HeadQuarters, it is distributed, marketed and bundled by 383 Media, Inc.

About  (from PC Drivers HeadQuarters, Inc)

Driver Restore checks driver compatibility with your computer's manufacturer to update the correct drivers. Computers systems will be updated with drivers that have been approved for your manufacturer's system. Driver Restore scans your computer system and hardware devices to locate the most up-to-date drivers from a d...  Read more


Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. 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 DriverRestore.exe. It also adds an icon to the Windows notifications area in order to provide access to the program. The software installer includes 24 files and is usually about 9 MB (9,440,856 bytes). DriverRestore.Updater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.
  • Starts automatically
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
Driver Restore has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

Displayed publisher: Driver Restore
URL: www.driverrestore.com
Help link: secure.driversupport.com/account/support/contact?wlid=29
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Driver Restore\Driver Restore\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{273130E8-117C-4237-A0FA-83EBBF11E051}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 9 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Driver Restore

Program executable:DriverRestore.exe
Name:Driver Restore
Signed by:PC Drivers HeadQuarters
Path:C:\Program Files\Driver Restore\Driver Restore\DriverRestore.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
(From the publisher) “At PC Drivers HeadQuarters we have distilled 10 years of PC hardware expertise into our driver identification software, Driver Detective. Driver Detective was created to save you time and remove any guesswork in...”
Additional files:
  • Agent.Common.dll - Driver Detective (Common)
  • Agent.Communication.dll
  • Agent.ExceptionLogging.dll - Client.ExceptionLogging
  • Common.dll - DriversHQ.Common
  • ExceptionLogging.dll
  • RuleEngine.dll
  • DriverRestore.exe - Driver Restore
  • DriverRestore.Updater.exe - DriverRestore (DriverRestore Updater)
  • ISUninstall.exe - ISUninstall
  • Microsoft.ApplicationBlocks.Updater.ActivationProcessors.dll (by Microsoft - PC Drivers Headquarters) - Updater Application Block
  • Microsoft.ApplicationBlocks.Updater.dll (by Microsoft - PC Drivers Headquarters)
  • Microsoft.ApplicationBlocks.Updater.Downloaders.dll - Downloaders
  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Common.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft Enterprise Library for .NET (Enterprise Library Shared Library)
  • Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.Security.Cryptography.dll - Enterprise Library Cryptography Application Block
  • Microsoft.Practices.ObjectBuilder.dll (by Microsoft) - Microsoft.Practices.ObjectBuilder
  • Interop.WUApiLib.dll - Assembly imported from type library 'WUApiLib'.
  • Agent.Communication.XmlSerializers.dll
  • Agent.CPU.exe - Client.CPUID
  • Agent.ExceptionLogging.XmlSerializers.dll
  • cpuidsdk.dll (by CPUID) - CPUID SDK Dynamic Link Library (CPUID DLL SDK)
  • ICSharpCode.SharpZipLib.dll (by ICSharpCode.net) - #ZipLibrary (SharpZipLib for .NET Framework 2.0)
  • Microsoft.Win32.TaskScheduler.dll (by CodePlex Community) - TaskService (Task Scheduler Wrapper)
  • ThemePack.DriverRestore.dll
  • XPBurnComponent.dll - XPBurn component

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • DriverRestore.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C6217DBD-EC68-4EF9-8AEA-70B29474AF7A}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • DriverRestore.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Driver Detective' and executes as C:\Program Files\Driver Restore\Driver Restore\DriverRestore.exe /applicationModC:systemTray /showWelcomC:false.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:60.47 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0015253156%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00048244%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00104288%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:94,716
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:3.46 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:670 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Driver Restore?

You can uninstall Driver Restore 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 Restore, 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 Restore.

Win 7 (SP1) 50%
Win XP 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 53%
Keep it 47%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 51.85%
Windows 10 37.84%
Windows Vista 7.51%
Windows XP 2.80%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 38.79%
Windows 8.1 22.61%
Windows 8 9.85%
Windows 7 Professional 6.93%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 6.03%
Windows 7 Ultimate 4.12%

Distribution by countryGeography

83.13% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 83.13%
  United Kingdom 3.06%
  Germany 2.43%
  France 2.08%
  Australia 2.08%
  Canada 2.01%
  Italy 0.83%
  Brazil 0.69%
  Netherlands 0.63%
  Spain 0.56%
  Mexico 0.49%
  Belgium 0.42%
  Austria 0.21%
  MA 0.14%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 37.86%
Dell 24.41%
Acer 12.66%
Toshiba 10.03%
ASUS 5.94%
Lenovo 3.43%
Samsung 1.98%
Gateway 0.92%
American Megatrends 0.79%
Medion 0.53%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 7.46%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.14%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.11%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 3.08%
TOSHIBA Satellite C55-A 3.08%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.31%


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