What is ALU.exe?

The genuine ALU.exe file is a software component of ASUS Live Update by ASUS.
ASUS Live Update, a utility tool that automatically downloads and installs updates for the BIOS and system drivers. ALU.exe launches the ASUS Live Update program. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. ASUS Live Update is a program that comes preinstalled on certain systems manufactured by ASUS. Often times, the program is bundled in a separate CD-ROM disk, such as a Driver & Utility CD, and requires manual installation. The program can be set to automatically download and install the latest drivers and BIOS updates. ASUS is a Chinese personal computer vendor that manufactures everything from desktops and laptops to mobile phones, monitors, optical storage devices, and graphics cards. In 2013, it was the world's fifth largest computer seller, in terms of sales. The company began launching graphics cards in 2005 with their initial PhysX accelerator card. ASUS was founded in Taipei in 1989 by T.H. Tung, Ted Hsu, Wayne Hsieh and M.T. Liao, all previously employed by Acer. The company is currently headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

ALU stands for ASUS Live Update Launcher

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 ALU.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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ALU.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ALU
ALU.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ALU MFC Application or Updater Client belongs to software ALU Application or Acer Updater by ASUSTeK Computer ( or Acer (

Description: ALU.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The ALU.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 51,768 bytes (78% of all occurrences), 188,416 bytes and 6 more variants. 
There is no information about the author of the file. It is not a Windows system file. The file has a digital signature. It is a Verisign signed file. The program is not visible. ALU.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to ask the software vendor,, for advice or uninstall the software Acer Updater or ASUS Live using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify ALU.exe related errors

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


User Comments

Asus Live Updater
  Crazy   (further information)
it poped out on my screen that issuer Acer is going to run this program. luckily i did not allow it.
  isabel ph pan  
On my Acer Aspire this is Acer Updater
    (further information)
ASUS Live Update utility for their motherboards This task is responsible for a hardware piece in the system. It offers additional configuration options and support for this device
  Tom   (further information)
calls Internet Information Services (
Acer Updater
I don't know much about it by this, the update server log has this program waking up every 10 minutes and cmd "GET" next launch time... All around the time my computer shifted Time/Date and list access to it. Yay!!
  T. watts Rev  

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Summary: Average user rating of ALU.exe: based on 8 votes with 7 user comments. One user thinks ALU.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ALU issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ALU. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ALU.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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