Program never worked correctly and missed needed drivers. I cannot load the program and it screws up my internet connection, states it is off line. No contact with company, no e mail, no phone, just garbage steps to follow. Case Number [protected]. No other options were made available. This is clearly a case of fraud and deception, so much for a Micro Soft Partner. How does one obtain answers from a ghost? Nothing less that a refund is mandated.
Your program on the internet suckered me into letting it on my computer for a free check up, and I can't get the damned thing off my machine.
I did not have any reason to be unhappy with Driver Detective; but, now I do and will do everything I can to tell everyone that you are a fraudster, crook and a piece of unholy junk, if you don't get that off my machine. What is Microsoft doing, anyhow, letting you use it's symbol on some of your advertising, to get into people's machines and then, like a cockroach, infect the system. Just get your stuff off my machine or tell me how to do it.
This company embroiled me in a battle for a refund for almost five whole months. I purchased their product "Driver Detective" on-line in December 2010. The software scans your computer for hardware drivers to update. In my case the results of the scan were dismaying. Some of the driver updates offered no clear description of what specific piece of hardware would be updated. Other updates were for newer models of my hardware, meaning my hardware was obsolete, and thereby rendered the update unusable. Still other drivers could be updated only upon executing a "fresh install" of an operating system. That's not what I was attempting to do, so again, the driver(s) were useless. Vital instructions for chipsets were not available until the download began, which happens even if you only right-click on the download icon. In the world of computer usage, right-clicking on anything typically is done to retrieve information, select options, and not to initiate an action. So, the company subverted the universally accepted and acknowledged function of a right-click function just so they could shove the software into my computer as fast as possible, for all-to-obvious reasons.
Immediately I e-mailed a Word document reporting the scan results to the alleged "support" arm of the company. They responded with form letter instructions on how to address problems created by other processes running on a computer that could interrupt driver installation. That wasn't the problem I was having, as I had made so clear in my report to them. I re-submitted my report and waited...and waited...and waited for a response.
During the waiting period I experienced a major problem with my computer that shut it down. I was forced to use an e-mail address on another computer. When I finally followed up after receiving the silent treatment from them, they didn't recognize the new e-mail address, so I had to explain that situation, and then I waited for a response, again. And waited some more.
I got tired of waiting. I requested a refund because the lack of a personalized response to my communications made me suspicious of their desire to help me. And that was when things got difficult.
In response to my request for a refund they e-mailed to me a note expressing their regret that I didn't "like" their product and that they would be happy to refund my money...but only if I followed a procedure that would return to them a report containing "certain information" about the driver scanning problems I encountered. The refund would possibly occur within twenty (20) days after they "reviewed" this information.
Well, I had already given them that information in written form two or three times. I sent them an e-mail in which I expressed my deep disillusionment with the way they handled my refund request. I told them that they had the information they needed from me and that there was no way I was going to wait twenty more days for my money to be returned to me.
Since the company has the nerve to display the logo for the Better Business Bureau on their website, I contacted that organization, received a polite response from a representative and went through the motions. We went round and round with these people for a couple of weeks. Once again, Drivers Headquarters made an issue out of my new, temporary e-mail address not matching the one I had used to create my account. I was stupefied! My answering e-mail reminded them that I had already explained the reason for the differing addresses and I again provided them with original address. Of course, more silence followed. The deadline for resolution of my complaint passed and the BBB rep shut the case down. They tried and I'm grateful.
After all the silences and the delaying tactics and the lack of results, I took the matter into my own hands and did an Internet search on the company. In the process I discovered that there were many complaints about slow responses to refund requests. My search ended when I found the name and e-mail address of Mike Hurd, the president of Drivers Headquarters.
The e-mail I sent to him related everything that had happened between me and the so-called “support” department and what I felt about it. His response…well, folks, it floored me, made my brain reel in stunned disbelief, because ONCE AGAIN the matter of my current e-mail address not matching my original account information came up! What in the world was going on at Drivers Headquarters? Didn’t they share information with each other? Or was this man just running down more of the same delaying tactics I had already experienced? The whole episode was beginning to feel surreal. All this subterfuge over a $39.99 on-line purchase of a product that didn’t work for my computer. Unbelievable.
In my answering e-mail I could barely restrain myself from using strong language. In precise and direct words I repeated - for the last time, as far as I was concerned – the explanation for the change in my e-mail address. I expressed also my distrust of his support team. Can you guess what followed that e-mail? Yup, you’re right! Silence. Believe it.
Two days passed. By then I was thinking that about purchasing an airline ticket to travel to Austin, Texas and visit Drivers Headquarters to have a serious discussion with Mr. Hurd. Do you blame me? Instead, I checked my bank account. I saw that a purchase credit from Drivers Headquarters had been deposited there, at last. For whatever reason, obviously Mr. Hurd didn’t think it was necessary to inform me of his decision. Whatever. It fit in with the cold, confrontational and wholly unprofessional treatment I had received from his company. I sent him a final e-mail thanking him for the action he took. He did not respond, of course.
They say they will refund but make it impossibly difficult. Didn't respond to my email. Have reported to BBB.
Made the purchase on line for 39.9 USD, credit card was billed for €47.08 when it should have been €27! The software all but destroyed my computer and the company are absolutely uncontactable. All I get in response to my complaints are automated replies which have no connection with the problem. I am a Brit living in Spain and really shocked that this can happen in a country like America.
I subscribed to a Drivers restoration service on June 30,
2010. The sent me a serial number cosisting of 43
numbers and characters. This I think was to identify myself in further communication with them. They were supposed to send me a series of neumbers etc. called
a KEY so that I could enter their site. This hasn't been forthcoming and all communication with them has ceased from their end. the price for this service was advertised to be $39.85. My credit card was charged $59.83. They have intially sent back answers requesting information from me and it is obvious that
they have lost me in their files and will not do me the
courtesy of a reply. I have had no use of their alledged
product and I heave requested a refund of my charges.
I have all copies of their limited reply history as well as
a copy of my credit card charge. These people are crooks,
theives and whatever else bad you want to call them.
Don't even think about doing business with them.
I purchased a software package called Driver Detective. I only used it a few times because it screwed up my machine the last time I used it but in fairness it may have been my fault in not choosing the correct driver - I don't know. Anyway I came to use it recently and it didn't work and got the error message to say it had expired.
This was a full version, not a trial version and it should not have stopped working. I have no intention of paying them any more money. They have been most unhelpful in resolving my complaint. Regards
On 1/11/10 paid $39.90 through PAYPAL (Chase Bank transfer) to SAFECART for a download of Driver Detective. The product downloaded DID NOT WORK! <br />
Additionally, the cost of the Driver Detective was supposed to be $29.95, but I was charged $39.95!<br />
PLEASE ADVISE ME ON HOW I CAN RECOVER MY MONEY PAID FOR THIS USELESS PRODUCT.<br />
John A. Alexander<br />
this highly valued/capable product doesn't work. Using my 30-day return policy i want my money refunded today. thanks very much for your early refund.
invoice # 1019705
unable to launch driver detective.
after opening driver detective, no register key was available.
istill have 15 out of date drivers, 9 up to date drivers, and 2 system drivers.
reason for purchase: my display driver igfx is constantly shutting down my computer.
safecart receipt PCDH-UO3O409-20nfd
I purchased driver detective after being directed to their site while searching for an XP driver for an old film scanner. Their website led me to believe that if I signed up I would get the driver I needed and at the same time get a current check on all my other drivers.
Having paid my money I was told that they did not have what I was looking for. I then ran a check on my drivers and was told that 21 were out of date. I then foolishly started to update my system and found that hardware that worked fine before would not work at all. This is where I began to lose it. After a day of reintsalling all my orirginal drivers and getting my system up and running again I went after the company for a refund. No reponses to numerous emails. I even went through visa to try and get my money back. My advice is to stay well away from the useless software. Clearly a fruadulent company with no ethics.
I just bought Driver Detective for my old Dell Dimension 8200 in order to improve the 64MB NVIDIA GeForce2 MX rendering on a ACL flat panel display. The software pretends to find all my out of date drivers and to have the correct solution for each. I bought it after such an assertion the tool was saying. Once bought, it installed the 128MB NVIDIA GeForce2 instead, which triggered rapidly a Windows XP warning saying this driver was not passing the Window Logo. I went ahead, staying confident in the Driver Detective software. And the display went ashtray as Windows XP said!!! I had to go in safe mode, recover the old driver and do the NVIDIA driver research myself. Which I finally succeeded. But I must say this Driver Detective is a lie as far as I am concerned and sjould be avoided. I DO NOT RECOMMEND it. Beside it does not seem obvious to get a refund, despite the emails I sent to the customer support requesting so... Nobody seems willing to answer this refund request.
After purchase and download, my computer died, coincidence I guess. Their policy states you can get your...