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What is aupdate.exe?

Aupdate.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if aupdate.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Aupdate.exe file information

The process known as Automatic LiveUpdate Module or AutoUpdater Module belongs to software LiveUpdate or TMAgent by Symantec (www.symantec.com).

Description: Aupdate.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file aupdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 149,184 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 243,392 bytes and 8 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/aupdate.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. It is not a Windows core file. Aupdate.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
If problems with aupdate.exe come up, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > LiveUpdate).

Recommended: Identify aupdate.exe related errors

If aupdate.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 92% dangerous. The file size is 31,744 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 23,552 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The aupdate.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.

If aupdate.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 31,744 bytes. The program has a visible window. Aupdate.exe is a file without information about the developer of this file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). It is not a Windows system file. aupdate.exe seems to be a compressed file.

If aupdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 488,960 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "AutoUpdater" definitely not required. Aupdate, Tinybar variant. Spyware

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as aupdate.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the aupdate.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

Norton AV 2005 (aucun problème) Symantec
aupdate.exe is the LiveUpdate process for Symantec Products. This process automatically checks online for the latest updates of your Symantec product and notifies you when new updates are available.
  Heidi   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of aupdate.exe: based on 7 votes with 2 user comments.
4 users think aupdate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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