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 AutoUpdate.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.
The process known as Secure Update or Driver Booster Updater or Automatic Update Service or Smart Defrag Updater or AutoUpdate MFC Application or JXOnline AutoUpdate or Creative Software AutoUpdate or TODO: AutoUpdate2
belongs to software EMBASSY Security Center or MPlayer for Windows or Driver Booster or Smart Defrag (version 3) or Amadeus Automatic Update or AutoUpdate Application or Creative Software AutoUpdate or JXOnline AutoUpdate Application
by Wave Systems (www.wave.com) or IObit (www.iobit.com) or Amadeus or VinaGame JSC (www.vng.com.vn) or LENOVO (www.lenovo.com) or Creative Technology (www.creative.com) or Razer USA (www.razerzone.com) or TODO: YNK.
Description: AutoUpdate.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AutoUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\autoupdate\.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 192,512 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 430,968 bytes and 25 more variants.
AutoUpdate.exe is not a Windows system file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Runonce, RunOnce). The program is not visible. AutoUpdate.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs, connect to the Internet and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If AutoUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 47% dangerous. The file size is 339,968 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 70,981 bytes. There is no description of the program. The AutoUpdate.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. AutoUpdate.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
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There are different files with the same name:
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AutoUpdate.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Spyware.Apropos (detected by Symantec), and BrowserModifier:Win32/PeopleOnPage (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the AutoUpdate.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AutoUpdate. 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 AutoUpdate.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.