Most antivirus programs identify AutoUpdateWin33.exe as malware—for example Avast identifies it as Win32:Adware-gen [Adw], and McAfee identifies it as Generic.dx.
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Description: AutoUpdateWin33.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The AutoUpdateWin33.exe file is located in the C:\Windows folder.
The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 32,768 bytes.
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is not a Windows system file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous.
Recommended: Identify AutoUpdateWin33.exe related errors
Important: You should check the AutoUpdateWin33.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Auto Update Win Module has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active AutoUpdateWin33 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the AutoUpdateWin33.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.
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