What is BCU.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 BCU.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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BCU.exe file information

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

The process known as Browser Configuration Utility belongs to software Browser Configuration Utility by DeviceVM (

Description: BCU.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. BCU.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 346,320 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 375,000 bytes or 411,864 bytes. 
The file has a digital signature. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. BCU.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also do the following:
  • visit the [1][2] website
  • uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Browser Configuration Utility or BCU)

Recommended: Identify BCU.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as BCU.exe. Therefore, you should check the BCU.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

Seems to be bundled with Asus Motherboards and possibly Gigabyte Mobos too. May be part of Asus Express Gate which allows instant connection to the internet on boot before entering windows. Called Splashtop by the maker
Bcu.exe is part of Browser Configuration Utility developed by DeviceVM.
Used memory 440MB, Virtual 1,1 GB !!
This is AD-ware and possible trojan for a very suspicious company, I recommend deletion of the files. It's called "Browser Configuration Utility" and is in a hidden folder.
had it on my complete new pc from the beginning, never connected to internet before. have asus sandy bridge mainboard
Uses heaps of memory!
I use splashtop products both desktop & Touchpad
  Attila Ozdemiroglu  
Interferes with web searches, consumes huge tracts of RAM.
Browser search bar that binds to Yandex, Baidu or Yahoo, and utility to connect to "social internet games". In other words: crapware. There's a readme.html in its folder that explains it all (C:/Program Files (x86)/DeviceVM)
bcu.exe is just a bloat prog. uses roughly 30% memory and is not essential but remains hidden
Seems related to Asus motherboards.
Used memory 720MB; have disabled it in registry
It's defintely something to do with Asus motherboards but not sure what it does... couldn't find any info on the Asus site.
  Simon   (further information)
I remoed it and my google search in IE went away. I originally added it via Microsoft gallery, If you just visit, it will ask you if you want their provider and add it without BCU. Basically, uninstall it.
  Dave   (further information)
C:\Program Files\DeviceVM\Browser Configuration Utility\BCU.exe
Harmless and related to asus mb
part of my bluenext wifi dongle wireless configuration utility
i removed it, came with ASUS i believe
Its definitely NOT something to do with ASUS motherboards as I have a Gigabyte MB. It has commited 2GB of my RAM to itself which I don't consider as 'Harmless'.
Causes Zynga games taskbar shortcuts to appear, and are hard to remove. Installing the ASUS motherboard software gives you this. Would have thought since I PAID THEM FOR THE MOTHERBOARD I shouldn't have to put up with adware. Pretty appalling, On the install wizard it is just called browser configuration utility, inconspicuous name and no description, fishy. Adds itself to start up and you have to uninstall it separately to the rest of the ASUS software. Rubbish
  Ed Longman   (further information) (further information)
Adware, might as well be a virus.
It interferes with web searches, consumes huge tracts of RAM, slows IE to a crawl once you have multiple Tabs open, slows down Windows on startup and is located in a HIDDEN directory. At Best bloatware, most likely malware.
  Warren K (Australia)   (further information)
I had this on my machine for about 3 1/2 years before I finally decided to shut it up. On the surface what it would do is when Firefox updated, the next time it opened a window would pop up asking if I wanted to change my search engine to Yahoo. From other sites sounds like it and its sister file bcumsg.exe did more under the hood. After I found the folder bcumsg.exe was in I restarted in Safe mode (where it doesn't run) and did a Powerful Uninstall through either IObit Malware Fighter or IObit Advanced SystemCare. (I'm not sure which one provides it. It ran the default uninstaller (If there is one) and found a crapton of other files and registry nodes related to it, and deleted them. Also possibly important, In Safe mode I opened up msconfig (Type it into your start bar) and disabled the BCUService service from starting up.
  vgmddg   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of BCU.exe: based on 25 votes with 23 user comments. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 10 users think BCU.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving BCU issues

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