Driver Detective

Driver Detective
Developed by: PC Drivers Headquarters
Ranked: 7th
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Best price: $29.95
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Stephen
Qualtrough

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Technology should make our lives easier

 
Review

Review summary

Good points Driver Detective review good points

• Boasts a large driver database

• Creates restore points before installing drivers

• Effectively updates out of date drivers

Bad points Driver Detective review bad points

• Email support is somewhat unresponsive

• No schedule scan feature

• No security information available

Our verdict

Driver Detective is a viable option for keeping your drivers up to date. It has all the basic features you would expect from a drive update utility and it effectively updates system drivers to the latest version.




Full review

Setup

This software has a quick setup process which takes a few minutes to complete. Once the installation is complete, the software will make an initial backup and perform a driver scan on your computer.

Scan performance

The scan result produce a detailed report of the drivers installed on the computer and offers the latest drivers for the user to install. It provides the user with information regarding the version of the driver and its source. The scan detects the majority of outdated drivers and effectively updates them to the latest version.

Driver database

Driver Detective has access to a database of over 27 million driver files. This database contains drivers compatible with Windows operating systems, including: XP, Vista and Windows 7. This is a more than adequate amount of drivers to keep any Windows system up to date.

Security

The PC Drivers HeadQuarters website states that the drivers are validated and checked for viruses before they are published for customers to download. However, there is no malware detection utility with the software. Unfortunately, there is no other information or privacy agreement notice on the website. It is worthy of mentioning that during our tests of the software we did not notice any third-party applications being installed on our computer.

Features

Driver Backup – The software allows the user to save their driver backups to an external device such as a CD or flash drive.

Easy Migrator – This is a very useful feature that scans your computer, downloads the latest drivers for an operating system of your choice and creates a driver migration disc.

Ease of use

The software was built with ease of use in mind. This is clearly evident in the intuitive graphical user interface that simplifies the process of installing driver updates. Navigation through the software is incredibly easy and only requires a few clicks to get to specific locations within the program. The entire process of scanning and installing driver updates is a simple one for even the most novice users.

Help & support

Driver Detective offers customer support via email, telephone and live chat. Email support is quite unresponsive while the live chat and telephone support options both provide prompt replies to your problems. The Drivers headquarters website also provides some useful information for users with several articles and solutions to commonly encountered problems with the software.

Overall

This is a nifty system utility that will effectively scan your computer for outdated drivers and update them to the latest version. While it lacks a few features such as scheduled scanning it certainly makes up for it with its simplified user interface. It is definitely worth your consideration if you are after basic driver update software.



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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 4 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 4 for Setup
Scan performance
 received a rating of 3 for Scan performance
Drivers database
 received a rating of 3 for Drivers database
Security
 received a rating of 4 for Security
Features
 received a rating of 3 for Features
Ease of use
 received a rating of 4 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 4 for Help & support