What is CheckUpdate.exe?

The genuine CheckUpdate.exe file is a software component of Glary Utilities by Glarysoft.
Glary Utilities is collection of programs for performance optimization of computers running Microsoft Windows. CheckUpdate.exe runs a process that updates the Glary Utilities application. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Glary Utilities is a suite of utility software available as a freeware and paid version. The applications bundled with Glary Utilities are designed for several tasks, from fixing broken registry entries, protecting user privacy, cleaning up temporary files and speeding up the system. Glary Utilities includes over twenty such tools. The program is available for the Windows platform. Glarysoft Ltd. is an American Internet company that develops multimedia, system and network applications for the Windows and Android platforms. The company is known for its flagship product, Glary Utilities, but also distributes freeware utility program through its online portal. Glarysoft was founded in 2003.

CheckUpdate stands for Glary Utilities CheckUpdate

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 CheckUpdate.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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CheckUpdate.exe file information

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

The process known as Xvid or Glary Utilities CheckUpdate belongs to software Xvid Video Codec or XviD MPEG-4 Codec or Baidu PC Faster or Glary Utilities PRO by Glarysoft ( or Baidu.

Description: CheckUpdate.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The CheckUpdate.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 8,192 bytes (95% of all occurrences), 36,640 bytes or 824,504 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). CheckUpdate.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall the software Xvid Video Codec or XviD MPEG-4 Codec using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify CheckUpdate.exe related errors

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


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Best practices for resolving CheckUpdate issues

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