Is Driver Booster Safe ?

Discussion in 'System Utilities' started by MalwareT, Jan 28, 2015.


Is it safe

  1. Yes

    20 vote(s)
  2. No

    11 vote(s)
  1. MalwareT

    MalwareT Guest

    As computer tech,i was mostly relying on SlimDrivers but i want to use DB ,but is it safe ? Thanks in advance :)
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  2. starchild76

    starchild76 Guest

    I have been using driver booster for more than a year now , without any problems! so it is safe , the program makes a backup of your current drivers , before updating to the newest ones!
  3. Spawn

    Spawn Administrator
    Staff Member Content Creator

    Jan 8, 2011
    Yes, IObit Software is safe to use. Remember to download from their website, or another trusted mirror. When installing be aware of what may be bundled in the installer, ie. Adware (toolbar) may be presented.
    For more product details and Free vs Pro Comparison:

    I recommend learning to you use your computer, by updating drivers by the built-in updater provided by the hardware manufactures. That way you learn about how often updates are released, download size, any Beta updates, changelog information etc.

    Remember to check before installing any recommended Drivers by these types of software, as they may not always be providing accurate information, and possible to cause more issues.
  4. JakeXPMan

    JakeXPMan Level 15

    Oct 20, 2014
    Windows 7
    I'd say its as safe as Slim Drivers (same sort of backup help) ..., I've read people have problems with both programs, and success using them as well.

    I once had both SD and DB installed and didn't feel comfortable enough to try either one, because if it's not broke, I don't need fixing.
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  5. MalwareT

    MalwareT Guest

    Huracan, i want to update drivers easier,anyway thanks :)
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  6. randj89

    randj89 Level 4

    May 7, 2014
    Master Control Operator
    US, East Coast
    Windows 10
    So do I! I have been using it for almost 2 years now and not a problem!
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  7. Carmen A. Hernandez

    Dec 19, 2014
    #8 Carmen A. Hernandez, Jan 28, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2015

    I have used both and can I personally feel that Slim Drivers is better at doing its job, but I can honestly say that DB was safe wen I used it about a year or so ago. As we all know, all Iobit free versions try to "convince" you into buying their products, but in no way was I ever infected by any crapware/malware.

    There are other options out there, which do a great job: Driver Pack Solution and Sam Drivers are great pieces of software, which I personally have been using ever since I stopped using Slim Drivers and DB.
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  8. Oxygen

    Oxygen Level 42

    Feb 23, 2014
    United States
    Windows 10
    It's safe, but I wouldn't rely on it to download the drivers as there is a chance it could download the wrong one. It's not hard to manually download the drivers.
  9. jamescv7

    jamescv7 Level 61

    Mar 15, 2011
    Web and FileMaker Developer
    Windows 10
    Its safe just keep on the eye on which drivers is really needed, cause upgrading will provide not much significant performance but rather bug fixes.

    Very different on the concept for updating the software which always mandatory, unlike on hardware.
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  10. John Doe ESP

    John Doe ESP New Member

    Dec 31, 2017
    Windows 10
    Sorry for the bump of such old post.
    Today we have amazing things like hybrid-analysis or reverse it:

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    --- Falcon Sandbox Analysis Summary ---

    File Name: Driver.Booster.exe
    Analysis State: SUCCESS
    Threat Verdict: malicious
    Threat Score: 100/100
    AV Detection Ratio: 2%
    AV Family Name: Program.Unwanted
    Time of analysis: 2017-12-31 22:53:55
    File Size (bytes): 17866872
    File Type: PE32 executable (GUI) Intel 80386, for MS Windows
    Contacted Domains:,
    Contacted Hosts:,
    Environment: Windows 7 64 bit (ID: 120)

    Check H.A. url for more info.
  11. James Hood

    James Hood New Member

    Jan 1, 2018
    Windows 7
    The old version was good but the latest version includes some suspicious 3rd party installation
  12. Opcode

    Opcode Level 18
    Content Creator

    Aug 17, 2017
    Windows 10
    Hybrid-Analysis and Reverse-It services use the same sandbox as far as I am aware; there's also Malwr which relies on Cuckoo. However, as with all these online sandboxing services, false positives occur, and you still require to have a trained eye to make sense of the logs properly.

    The report details you posted actually indicate the opposite from the threat verdict, because it's being flagged as unwanted on VirusTotal, not as malicious software. The unwanted status is opinionated; some people may want to use the software and it isn't actually malicious.

    IObit products aren't malware, they are safe, however as with all system optimisation utilities, you need to take good care with what you consent for them to clean otherwise you can cause issues with your system (do more hassle than good). For example, I'd avoid registry cleaning. Cleaning of the temp folder and recycling bin, and un-needed logs which are taking up space? More reasonable with less potential for issues to arise.
  13. Andytay70

    Andytay70 Level 13

    Jul 6, 2015
    Electricial engineer
    Windows 10
    I use it when i do a clean install, update my drivers then uninstall it.
  14. Telos

    Telos Level 8

    Jan 29, 2017
  15. dinosaur07

    dinosaur07 Level 3

    Aug 5, 2012
    I personally avoid all Iobit products after they had that incident with Malwarebytes (unallowed using of signature database).
  16. roger_m

    roger_m Level 12

    Dec 4, 2014
    Windows 10
    I forget exactly what is comes bundled with, but you have to manually select if you want to install it or not. Nothing extra is installed unless you choose for it to be installed.
    It will be a full Pro license. Driver Booster is regularly available as a giveaway. Also, there is no limited trial version. The free version of DB is fully functional, but has less features than the Pro version.
  17. Slyguy

    Slyguy Level 22

    Jan 27, 2017
    Fortinet Engineer
    Other OS
    #18 Slyguy, Jan 1, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2018
    Iobit should be avoided IMO. We've catalogue suspicious activity from them. I actually LIKE their uninstaller but don't trust it so I stick to Revo and Geek Uninstaller. (both portable)

    On that report I would be concerned with why they are checking for RDP being active on a computer. :unsure:
  18. dinosaur07

    dinosaur07 Level 3

    Aug 5, 2012
    Thanks, good advice.
  19. Kubla

    Kubla Level 2

    Jan 22, 2017
    United States
    I use Driver Booster 5 and the IOBIT uninstaller and they seem to do a very good job, I will have to monitor their activity a little closer it seems.
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