Reinstalling nvidia driver (installed via "Software & Updates" Ubuntu 18.04)

My current nvidia-driver-470 was installed via “Software & Updates”. Since I am experiencing frequent and sudden freezes, I would like to first uninstall and reinstall the driver.

I am not able to find detailed steps online to uninstall the driver (installed via “Software & Updates”). Commonly suggested “nvidia-installer --uninstall” is not available. sudo apt-get remove --purge ‘^nvidia-.*’ seems to remove lots of packages (e.g. cuda-toolkit, kernel etc.) that don’t really need to be removed to reinstall the driver.

Any suggestions?

Many thanks in advance!

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