What is AutoUpdate.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 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.

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AutoUpdate.exe file information

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

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 ( or IObit ( or Amadeus or VinaGame JSC ( or LENOVO ( or Creative Technology ( or Razer USA ( 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 (33% of all occurrences), 430,968 bytes and 30 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, connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with AutoUpdate.exe, you may also uninstall EMBASSY Security Center or Driver Booster from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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If AutoUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 339,968 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 70,981 bytes. There is no description of the program. The AutoUpdate.exe file is not a Windows system file. AutoUpdate.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with AutoUpdate.exe, you may also do the following:

External information from Paul Collins:
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.


User Comments

AutoUpdate.exe is related to adware AproposMedia.
found it in my program files and dated from sat. I deleted it in windows safe mode, so far its not been back
It could be AT&T software but usually is associated with the people on page spyware still trying to get rid of this monster pop ups galore
It's part of Google Desktop Search (at least mine is). My Firewall (ZoneLabs) halted it asking whether it was ok for it to access the Internet. Then using WinPatrol (the Active Tasks tab) I could see quite easily what the origin of the exe is.
it was in c:\program files\. i deleted it using ewido security suite download it from below
  looie   (further information)
It is used to distribute Amadeus software
  Herve Vautier  
Part of the WikiSearch toolbar.
Is part of the Embassy security suite loaded by Dell
    (further information)
Wave Systems OEM Software for Dell, EMBASSY Security for Dell Platforms
    (further information)
It's Part of Creative X-Fi Sound Card Software to automaticly check for softeware updates
Auto-update program for Embassy Security Center software which comes with some Dell Laptops. Manufacturer appears to be Wave Systems Corp. I would only suggest removing if you don't intend to use the software or don't want it to fetch udpates.
  El Pedro  
Dell / Wave Labs Security updater. This version of AutoUpdate.exe is used for the fingerprint scanner in Dell laptops and the optional file encrypting services. It default installs to C:\Program Files\Wave Systems Corp\Services Manager\Secure Update\
  Concerned Citizen  
It's (also) part of Embassy Trust Suite Secure from Wave Systems
part of Wave Systems Corp software included by Dell -- remove from Startup folder if desired. AdAware and AVG didn't flag the file when scanned.
Part of Creative Labs software
This is part of the Amadeus Selling Platform GDS system.
  uller85   (further information)
used for cisco vpn software: C:\Program Files\Cisco Systems\VPN Client\autoupdate.exe
  chris love  
I't the auto update feature from Koepi's Xvid binary, version 1.3.1
Part of the Amadeus (GDS) Selling Platform. Not dangerous at all.
    (further information)
Found in Windows\System32\AutoUpdate.exe. Size 569kb Can't be opened by Avira, so I don't like it.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of AutoUpdate.exe: based on 29 votes with 21 user comments. 17 users think AutoUpdate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 5 users don't grade AutoUpdate.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving AutoUpdate issues

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.

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