What is BingDesktopUpdater.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 BingDesktopUpdater.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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BingDesktopUpdater.exe file information

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

The process known as Bing Desktop updating service belongs to software Bing Desktop by Microsoft (

Description: BingDesktopUpdater.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. BingDesktopUpdater.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 173,192 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 151,656 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program is not visible. BingDesktopUpdater.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. BingDesktopUpdater.exe is not a Windows system file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can use the software publisher's support or uninstall Bing Desktop or Bing-Desktop software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as BingDesktopUpdater.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the BingDesktopUpdater.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

Just a part of a Windows update. The update itself specifically stated that it was something to do with Bing Desktop. It is a gadget that will allow you to search via Bing from your desktop. If you don't use Bing, just remove the gadget, if you see it, and forget about it. Not important.

Summary: Average user rating of BingDesktopUpdater.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks BingDesktopUpdater.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving BingDesktopUpdater issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with BingDesktopUpdater. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the BingDesktopUpdater.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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