What is DriverUpdate.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 DriverUpdate.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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DriverUpdate.exe file information

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

The process known as DriverUpdate belongs to software DriverUpdate by SlimWare Utilities.

Description: DriverUpdate.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. DriverUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 13,179,660 bytes. 
The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. DriverUpdate.exe is not a Windows system file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program is not visible. DriverUpdate.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with DriverUpdate.exe, you can completely remove DriverUpdate (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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If DriverUpdate.exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 44,544 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run). It is not a Windows core file. DriverUpdate.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DriverUpdate.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic (detected by Kaspersky), and Backdoor:MSIL/Bladabindi.AJ (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the DriverUpdate.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 DriverUpdate issues

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