Are you worried that Driver Booster is an infected program and it is not safe to use on your computer? Your worry is not entirely meaningless. There have been questions regarding the authenticity of this software in the past. In this article, we will know about these questions and answer to the biggest one “Is Driver Booster safe?”
What is it?
IObit Driver Booster is a computer utility that finds and correct corrupted system drivers. It has an extensive database of drivers over 1 Million. It automatically identifies the corrupted drivers and updates them quickly. You don't need to find what driver is causing the problem and then download the update manually. It follows compression mechanism to update the drivers 30% faster. It also creates a system restore points before updating the driver so that when anything goes wrong, you can restore your computer.
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VirusTotal analyses a program and checks its status with different antivirus engines. We uploaded the Driver Booster installer on VirusTotal to see its score. It gets detected in 4 antivirus engines out of 65. Meaning 61 antivirus engines think it is safe and 4 antivirus are considering it unsafe. I would say it’s a pretty good score.
You must be thinking of those 4 who mark it unsafe. Well, you should not, as it is not something new that an antivirus makes a false positive on a legit program.
Out of those 4 antivirus engines who detects it, 2 are thinking its a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). Other 2 are considering it as a trojan.
Problems Faced in Past
IObit Driver booster always has been accused of bundling adware with their program. In 2016, Malwarebytes antimalware started blocking the IObit products because of bunded PUPs with their installer. Most of the antivirus engines are considering it as PUP.
Antivirus engines haven't trusted it completely. However, IObit has never accepted that they have bundled other software with their installer. Users must have downloaded the crack or pirated version of Driver Booster.
Many users have complained in forums that Driver Booster has messed with their computer. They reported that after updating the driver, many functionalities of the system are not working. However, Driver Booster supports restoring the drivers. It is clear users aren't aware of this feature.
If we look into the user’s opinion from the forums, it is mixed. Few people think it is dangerous while few think it is safe. On MalwareTips Forum Spawn reply to the question “Is Driver Booster safe?”
He said that you can only trust on the official installer and always pay attention to the installation steps so that you can deselect any other recommended applications.
Another user reported his sad story with Driver Booster.
Another user Aura said -
There are mixed reviews of Driver Booster on the forums. The common thing most users are saying it is unnecessary to install such kind of tool. It is safer to download the drivers from official websites and install them manually than trusting on a third party tool.
Company Info and Reputation
IObit the software company who created Driver Booster was founded in 2004. Since then they have released several tools. They have a PC cleaning and optimization tool, malware fighter, Uninstaller and the driver updation tool. IObit products have 250 million downloads worldwide.
A software company running successfully for 14 years will never willingly include malware in their products. However, do we need these tools the company is offering or not, is a question we must ask ourselves?
Driver Booster is a legitimate program. However, if you are not downloading it from the official website, no one is sure what kind of malware it contains. I must say that the program itself is clean, but we need to check the installation steps so that it cannot install unnecessary programs on our computer.
You can use it without worrying. If you still hesitate to install it then download and install MalwareFox antimalware and scan it. Keep its Real-Time protection on so that it can stop any malware from executing.
Our Verdict: Safe
Still, if you think that IObit Driver Booster is not safe for you, then you can try some other options.
- 1Snappy Driver Installer - Free and open source tool to install drivers.
- 2DriversCloud.com - Free spot to update drivers for Windows and Linux.
- 3Snappy Driver Installer - Portable tool to update and install new drivers.
- 4Driver Store Explorer - Tool to update Windows drivers.
- 5SnailDriver - Free desktop software to download and update drivers in one click.
If you are worried about the security of your computer, I would suggest you do not install any driver installation tool and give a try to Windows inbuilt device manager to see what driver is missing or outdated and then download it from the official website.
You can access the device manager by right click on the Start button and choose Computer Management then click on Device Manager.