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What is ApplicationUpdater.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 ApplicationUpdater.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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ApplicationUpdater.exe file information

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

The process known as Application Updater or pdfforge Toolbar (version v1.1.2)

belongs to software Application Updater or YouTube Downloader Toolbar or Search Settings or IObit Toolbar or IObit Apps Toolbar or Dealio Toolbar or Application Updater Service or Vuze Remote Toolbar or pdfforge Toolbar

by Spigot (www.spigot.com).

Description: ApplicationUpdater.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The ApplicationUpdater.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 380,928 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 375,296 bytes and 22 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/applicationupdater.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. ApplicationUpdater.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If problems with pdfforge Toolbar or Search Settings occur, you can also remove the entire program using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ApplicationUpdater.exe. Therefore, you should check the ApplicationUpdater.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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User Comments

ApplicationUpdater.exe was installed on my system when I installed YouTube Downloader Toolbar. After removing YouTube Downloader Toolbar through Control Panel, both YouTube Downloader Toolbar and Application Updater were removed successfully. Your results may vary.
  John Cargill   (further information)
Scheint zu Spigot (spyware) zu gehören, da sich hinter pdfforge bzw. Dealio eben Spigot verbirgt. Quelle siehe Link.
  BW   (further information)
Some of the info above is inaccurate. The YTD Toolbar is not YouTube Downloader, it is from Spigot and is malware.
   
addware with keylogger and browser hijack capabilities
  Gleb   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of ApplicationUpdater.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks ApplicationUpdater.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think ApplicationUpdater.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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Best practices for resolving ApplicationUpdater issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ApplicationUpdater. 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 ApplicationUpdater.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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