What is ADUService.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the ADUService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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ADUService.exe file information

The process known as Lumia Software Recovery Tool (version 5.0.0) or ADU Service (Nokia Software Recovery Tool) or Nokia Software Recovery Tool belongs to software Lumia Software Recovery Tool or Nokia Software Recovery Tool by Nokia ( or Microsoft (

Description: ADUService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ADUService.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 82,568 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 94,888 bytes or 100,984 bytes. 
The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The ADUService.exe file is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with ADUService.exe, you can also do the following:
  • search the support area on the Nokia website
  • safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Nokia Software Recovery Tool or Lumia Software Recovery Tool (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify ADUService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ADUService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ADUService.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 ADUService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ADUService. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 ADUService.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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