How to remove the !update virus

Most antivirus programs identify !update.exe as malware—such as Microsoft identifies it as Adware:Win32/Clickspring.B, and Symantec identifies it as Adware.Purityscan.

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!update.exe file information

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Description: !update.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The !update.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 73,216 bytes (62% of all occurrences), 71,680 bytes or 70,656 bytes.!update.exe.html 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. !update.exe is not a Windows system file. !update.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify !update.exe related errors

Important: You should check the !update.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving !update issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with !update. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the !update.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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