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I found a couple programs on the desktop of my computer after another person used it. I have done some googling, but have no idea who or what I can and cannot trust. The programs in question are called:

  • DriverCure Installer.exe
  • DriverDetective.exe

What are these programs? Can I trust them? Why would a person download them?

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You might want to re-evaluate your computer's security to avoid these uninvited programs appearing. – outsideblasts Jan 8 '10 at 16:50
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Can I trust them?

No! ParetoLogic is on record for computer fraud, i wouldn't touch their products (DriverCure, Driver Detective, DriverGuide, DriverUpdates, DriverPro) with a barge pole, certainly mailcious software in my books!

The interwebs are full with complaints about the company.

Why would a person download them?

If you looking for decent software to backup your drivers and keep them updated, get DriverMax:

DriverMax is a new tool that allows you to download the latest driver updates for your computer. No more searching for rare drivers on discs or on the web or inserting one installation CD after the other. Just create a free account, log in, and start downloading the updates that you need.

You can also export all your current drivers (or just the ones that work ok) to a folder or a compressed file. After reinstalling Windows you will have everything in one place!

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Is this company related to ? – alfplayer Jan 9 '10 at 4:19

Don't trust any software that just "appears" unless you have a known good md5 or sha1 hash checker you can use to verify it's contents. Anyone can name anything 'driver detective'.

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DriverCure is a malware as i can see. website is a FAKE website and DriverCure is also a fake program. I suggest you to just dont take a chance with these programs.

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The interface does look like one of the many fake antivirus-viruses, it is a genuine program. – William Hilsum Jan 8 '10 at 16:21

Both of these programs are genuine non malware - providing they are in the correct location and downloaded from the correct sites.

Driver Cure updates device drivers and many programs whilst Driver detective is just for drivers.

There is nothing wrong and these programs do work, however, I personally do not like these sort of programs and update drivers manually from the manufacturers website.

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-1 there is a LOT wrong with these programs, do some research before endorsing computer fraudsters! – Molly7244 Jan 8 '10 at 18:04
How am I endorsing them? I can't stand these programs, but I installed inside a virtual machine to see and they do work. – William Hilsum Jan 8 '10 at 18:17
you're calling "Both of these programs ... genuine non malware" when in fact they're quite the opposite. – Molly7244 Jan 8 '10 at 18:37
@Molly this doesn't mean that I am endorsing them - just because a program is rubbish doesn't mean it is malware. – William Hilsum Jan 8 '10 at 18:48
Wil, I hear where you are coming from - I doubt these people are willfully creating malware. But I think Molly was trying to say given your rep on this site, not pointing out ParetoLogics' reptutation problems ( is an implcit endorsement. Their history is checkered, having left a long list of angry customers in their wake. Malware? No. Can I trust them? No. – DaveParillo Jan 8 '10 at 22:17

If you don't know it, ditch it. The Anti-Virus web sites are a good source of information for this kind of thing. There are also sites like ScamBusters and HoaxKill that are good for that.

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