What is BMUpdate.exe?

The genuine BMUpdate.exe file is a software component of Bookmark Update by EchoBahn.
A bookmark manager, Bookmark Update allows the user to organize and arrange their browsing bookmarks. It includes a third-party advertising window, and is generally packaged with other products, notably scanner drivers. It offers little additional features on top of standard browser bookmark packages, and exists primarily to serve the user with advertisements.

BmUpdate stands for Bookmark Update

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 BMUpdate.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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BMUpdate.exe file information

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

The process known as BMUpdate MFC Application or BMLauncher MFC Application belongs to software BMUpdate Application or BMLauncher Application by

Description: BMUpdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file BMUpdate.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 176,128 bytes (88% of all occurrences) or 180,224 bytes. 
The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). The BMUpdate.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has a visible window. BMUpdate.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Came with Visioneer's ScanSoft software.
  Pat Mc.   (further information)
172KB application;Modified: Tuesday, July 03, 2001 2:12:36; Created(on MYCOMP~1)Monday, June, 20, 2005 11:17:19AM(GMT -06:00)
bmupdate.exe is a software bundler with scanner drivers allowing you to manage bookmarks as well as displaying third party advertisments. This process is not vital to the system or any application and should be removed to free up resources.
  Josh Kampschmidt  
it is an auto downloader for the visioneer scanner
bmupdate.exe is a software bundler with scanner drivers allowing you to manage bookmarks as well as displaying third party advertisments. This process is not vital to the system or any application and should be removed to free up resources.
  Joshua Kampschmidt  
It first appeared after I ran the self-installer program 6600e.exe provided by Visioneer for my Visioneer One-Touch 6600 USB scanner. It appears to be unnecessary for correct operation of my scanner. It is certainly not necessary for correct operation of Windows XP.
It is being detected as Malicious code by F-secure but left untouched, it seems to be safe, I have renamed it to bmupdate.old on some machines without incident. Not sure whether or not to delete it.
  Vincent M  
It is a Visioneer cookie. See purplehaz comment in the link below
    (further information)
I got it after installed software/driver for a Visioneer scaner. Delete it!
  Adrian Max  
It is an adware program for the visioneer scanner software. It is suposed to help them bookmark your sites but it also supplies adds that you don't want. I personally deleted the file. It is unneeded and just causes more chances for other programs to imitate it to gain access to your computer.
  M Burgess   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of BMUpdate.exe: based on 9 votes with 11 user comments. 3 users think BMUpdate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks BMUpdate.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 3 users don't grade BMUpdate.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving BMUpdate issues

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