(Fixed!) Finally I fixed "PR.UPDATER" virus! Here is "PR.UPDATER" Removal Guide (April 2018 Update)

I will tell you in this post how to fix the issue manually and how to clean it automatically using a special powerful removal tool. You can download the removal program for free here:


PR.UPDATER is reported as Win32:PUP-gen (potentially unwanted program). PR.UPDATER is usually installed hiddenly without a user permission. PR.UPDATER uses obtrusive, misleading, or deceptive advertising. PR.UPDATER is hard in removal!

I suggest you to remove PR.UPDATER from your PC as soon as possible!
Tried to remove PR.UPDATER? Cannot completely delete PR.UPDATER, because it gets back?
See how to fix PR.UPDATER step by step using my removal guide.

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How PR.UPDATER got on your computer?

Like many potentially unwanted programs, PR.UPDATER can be installed on your computer as part of a bundle with another tool you downloaded from the Internet. Since PR.UPDATER manufacturer pays software developers for distributing PR.UPDATER within their applications, PR.UPDATER is often included as part of the installer.
PR.UPDATER is also often distributed with free games and simple, one-click freeware tools developed specifically with the purpose of getting PR.UPDATER onto as many computers as possible.
Usually, you have not only one PR.UPDATER problem, but a bunch of similar WIN32:PUPs.

How dangerous is PR.UPDATER?

While PR.UPDATER is not considered illegal and is not officially classified as malware, it poses a direct threat to your privacy. Since PR.UPDATER runs alongside your Web browser, it can collect and transmit information such your search queries, Web forms and passwords, names and messages, track Web sites that you visit, and do much more on your computer without you even knowing. PR.UPDATER was reported to cause significant slowdowns in browser performance, making Web page load times much longer compared to a clean system.

On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 1 being “mostly harmless”, 3 being “invasive” and 5 being “dangerous”), PR.UPDATER can be rated as a 3.

You have 2 ways to remove PR.UPDATER:

You have 2 ways

Remove it automatically1. Remove Automatically.
Remove it manually2. Remove Manually.

Why I recommend you to use an automatic way?

  1. You know only one virus name: “PR.UPDATER”, but usually you have infected by a bunch of viruses.
    The UnHackMe program detects this threat and all others.
  2. UnHackMe is quite fast! You need only 5 minutes to check your PC.
  3. UnHackMe uses the special features to remove hard in removal viruses. If you remove a virus manually, it can prevent deleting using a self-protecting module. If you even delete the virus, it may recreate himself by a stealthy module.
  4. UnHackMe is small and compatible with any antivirus.
  5. UnHackMe is fully free for 30-days!

Here’s how to remove PR.UPDATER virus automatically:

STEP 1: Install UnHackMe (1 minute)

STEP 2: Scan for malware using UnHackMe (1 minute)

STEP 3: Remove PR.UPDATER virus (3 minutes)

So it was much easier to fix such problem automatically, wasn’t it?
That is why I strongly advise you to use UnHackMe for remove PR.UPDATER redirect or other unwanted software.

How to remove PR.UPDATER manually:

STEP 1: Check all shortcuts of your browsers on your desktop, taskbar and in the Start menu. Right click on your shortcut and change it’s properties.


You can see PR.UPDATER at the end of shortcut target (command line). Remove it and save changes.

In addition, check this command line for fake browser’s trick.
For example, if a shortcut points to Google Chrome, it must have the path:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe.
Fake browser may be: …\Appdata\Roaming\HPReyos\ReyosStarter3.exe.
Also the file name may be: “chromium.exe” instead of chrome.exe.

STEP 2: Investigate the list of installed programs and uninstall all unknown recently installed programs.

check installed programs to uninstall

STEP 3: Open Task Manager and close all processes, related to PR.UPDATER in their description. Discover the directories where such processes start. Search for random or strange file names.

Remove PR.UPDATER virus from running processes

Remove PR.UPDATER virus from running processes

STEP 4: Inspect the Windows services. Press Win+R, type in: services.msc and press OK.

Remove PR.UPDATER virus from Windows services

Remove PR.UPDATER virus from Windows services

Disable the services with random names or contains PR.UPDATER in it’s name or description.

STEP 5: After that press Win+R, type in: taskschd.msc and press OK to open Windows Task Scheduler.
Remove PR.UPDATER from scheduled task list.

Delete any task related to PR.UPDATER. Disable unknown tasks with random names.

STEP 6: Clear the Windows registry from PR.UPDATER virus.
Press Win+R, type in: regedit.exe and press OK.

Remove PR.UPDATER virus from Windows registry

Remove PR.UPDATER virus from Windows registry

Find and delete all keys/values contains PR.UPDATER.

STEP 7: Remove PR.UPDATER from Google Chrome.
Remove PR.UPDATER Virus from Chrome Extensions

STEP 8: Remove PR.UPDATER from Internet Explorer.

Set Internet Explorer Homepage

Set Internet Explorer Homepage

STEP 9: Remove PR.UPDATER from Mozilla Firefox.

Change Firefox Home Page

Change Firefox Home Page

STEP 10: And at the end, clear your basket, temporal files, browser’s cache.

But if you miss any of these steps and only one part of virus remains – it will come back again immediately or after reboot.

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STEP 3: Carefully review the detected threats!

Click Remove button or False Positive.


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