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  • Writer's pictureBen Lake

Should I Update My Drivers?

Updated: May 15, 2023

No, we’re not talking about chauffeurs. A driver is software that helps a computer communicate with a piece of hardware like a printer, webcam, or mouse. Drivers are typically installed when the hardware is first plugged in, and then you can forget about them. However, some “tune-up” programs offer to keep your drivers up-to-date for a fee. Stay away from these! They are at best bothersome and at worst outright malware. My general advice is that most people should not update their drivers (apart from automatic and silent Microsoft updates) unless troubleshooting a specific problem. Let me know if you need help uninstalling a suspicious program or just want some confirmation that everything is fine with your system.

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