Avira Software Updater makes sure that software that are most prone to open backdoors on your computer are kept up-to-date, patching security vulnerabilities and lowering the risk of zero-day exploits.
Avira has now taken one big step beyond and we are proud to announce a huge new feature for the Avira Software Updater – The Driver Updater, which is now ready for Beta testing and we need YOUR help!
What is a driver?
A driver is a piece of software that lets the operating system and a device (e.g. a memory stick) communicate with each other. For example, if an app needs to read some data from a device, the app calls a function implemented by the operating system. The operating system then calls a function implemented by the driver. The driver, as implemented by the device manufacturer, knows how to communicate with the device hardware to get the data. After the driver has read the data, it is returned to the operating system, which then passes the data on to the application.
To summarize, a driver is software that enables communication between the operating system and hardware.
Why update drivers?
Hardware manufacturers constantly work on their drivers. They fix bugs, improve performance, and fix security flaws when detected. Since the drivers run on a very low level in the system, it is essential that they work smoothly and stable. In addition, a driver runs at a privileged level on the system, meaning that a driver has all rights and can do anything on the computer. A bad driver leads to instabilities which can even result in the well-known BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death). Non-optimal drivers can significantly slow down the system. Graphics drivers are a common example of this as they are not optimized when first released because the time to market is short. An improved, sometimes a far-faster driver is released weeks or even months later.
Log in to our Beta Center and apply for the project here. We will review your application and if you suit our testing profile, your application will get approved. After that, we will send you an email with further instructions.
Key features of Avira Software Updater
- NEW: Driver Updater
- Protects you from zero-day exploits
- Updates applications automatically and silently from download to install
- Supports 100+ software