Driver Tonic is a potentially dangerous application. Similar to Mac Tonic and Win Tonic, it claims to be a PC system optimization tool to help you tune up your laptop’s performance, specifically by optimizing the Windows Registry, updating your drivers, offering Web Protection, Startup Manager and so on. The problem is, once you give into the persistent notifications fixing the supposed issues isn’t all that straightforward. Mainly, the developers use it to push supposed fixes in bundles like Malware Crusher and Similar Photo Cleaner, all of which you have to pay for. But they don’t really fulfill any of their promises. Below are a few methods for uninstalling Driver Tonic from Windows 10.
Driver Tonic is an optimization tool for Windows systems. PC Tonics Inc released the software in 2019, advertising it as an advanced driver updater.
The main functions of the Driver Tonic program include:
Windows systems run on many types of drivers. The driver updater is a one-stop-shop for all your driver needs. The tool refreshes all your drivers on a regular basis. This helps keep your laptop working efficiently.
The Driver Tonic tool can also boost your startup settings. It maintains your Windows system and removes unwanted tasks in the Startup menu.
This is a very common feature in system optimizers. It can block unprotected websites and some ads.
A registry is a group of databases that helps your Windows system run smoothly. You update registries constantly with any change you make to your system.
As time goes on, some of these registries become obsolete. Driver Tonic scans for redundant registries and removes them to save space on your hard drive.
For a program to install on your device, you need to give it permission. So, you may be wondering how Driver Tonic ended up installed on your computer when you can’t remember giving it the okay.
Most users don’t knowingly install Driver Tonic on their device. Usually, Driver Tonic comes bundled with other legitimate software. A lot of the times, it’s an extra step in an installation wizard.
And that’s how you give permission for the installation of Driver Tonic without knowing it.
Driver Tonic promises many features to users, but all of them require a subscription.
The program will send you unending notifications about issues detected on your machine and suggestions for improving your system. Then, when you check them out, you find that you can’t do anything about it.
So, not only do you not have access to any real benefits, but you’re also constantly reminded of benefits you can’t really have. Add to this that depending on your system, Driver Tonic notifications can be frequent and annoying.
Some versions of the program even show ads on a regular basis.
Driver Tonic isn’t technically a virus, but it sure acts like one. It doesn’t damage your system, but it can take up valuable space on your hard drive.
We consider Driver Tonic adware. It’s a program that shows you advertisements without any return value.
There are a few ways you can go about uninstalling Driver Tonic.
If you’ve ever uninstalled a program, this method should be familiar. It’s simple and straightforward.
- Go to your Windows search bar.
- Search for and open the Control Panel app.
- Under the Programs tab, you should find the Uninstall a program feature.
- Find the Driver Tonic app on the list.
- Right-click on the app and select uninstall.
- Follow the steps for uninstallation.
- Restart your device.
In step 4, finding the Driver Tonic app on the list of programs can also sometimes be tricky. It’s not always listed under the name Driver Tonic. Check through all your programs for apps you don’t recognize.
You can also look through the descriptions of the apps. Many times it’ll include the app developer, which should be PC Tonics.
During step 5, the Driver Tonic app can block your uninstallation attempt, but there’s a workaround:
- Right-click on your Windows taskbar.
- Select the Task Manager.
- Go through all active processes.
- Click on any Driver Tonic processes and select End Task.
- Redo steps 5, 6, and 7.
This uninstallation method will only take a few minutes. Note, however, that it may not remove the Driver Tonic app completely.
If the first method didn’t work, you can try deleting the Driver Tonic files.
- Hold down the R and Windows key simultaneously.
- Type “taskmgr” in the search box.
- Press the Enter.
- Search for and end Driver Tonic processes.
- Open Windows File Explorer.
- Go to ‘Local Disk (C:)’.
- Click on Program Files (Program Files (x86) if you’re running a 32-bit system).
- Find the Driver Tonic folder.
- Delete all files connected to Driver Tonic.
- Empty your Recycling Bin.
- And restart your device.
To make sure that you got every trace of the Driver Tonic software, you’ll need to repeat this process a few times.
The Program Files in step 7 aren’t the only folders that need clearing out. You’ll also want to go into the Windows and User Files in Local Disk (C:). Then, repeat steps 8 to 11.
This method is for more advanced Windows users. You shouldn’t edit registry entries unless you know what you’re doing.
Any wrong move and you can end up damaging your Windows operating system.
To delete the Driver Tonic registry entries, follow these steps:
- Press the Windows and R keys simultaneously.
- Type “Regedit” in the search box.
- Hit the Enter key.
- Allow the app to make changes to your device.
- In the menu on the left, find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
- Go to the Software tab.
- Find the Driver Tonic entry.
- Delete all Driver Tonic entries.
You’ll also want to repeat steps 6 through 8 in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER menu.
This process should remove any traces of the Driver Tonic program. It’s the most efficient method, but it’s tricky and requires some expertise.
There are a few different apps that specialize in uninstalling other applications. To uninstall Driver Tonic you can try:
- Advanced Uninstaller Pro
- Revo Uninstaller Free
- Comodo Program Manager
- IObit Uninstaller
- Absolute Uninstaller
These are just some of the available applications. Each one has slightly different functions and features.
Not all of these apps will work well on your system; you need to make sure that the app is compatible with your device.
You may need to try more than one of the options on the list to completely remove Driver Tonic.