What is IntuitUpdateService.exe?

The genuine IntuitUpdateService.exe file is a software component of Intuit Update Service by Intuit.
The updater for Intuit's tax software, this application starts whenever you use any of the Intuit programs. It runs in the background and constantly monitors a remote server for updates. When an update is detected, it prompts you to download and install the update. Located in Mountain View, California, Intuit is a software company that focuses solely on tax and financial software.

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 IntuitUpdateService.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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IntuitUpdateService.exe file information

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

The process known as Intuit Update Service belongs to software Intuit Update Service or TurboTax (version 2011 WinPerReleaseEngine, 2009 WinPerReleaseEngine) by Intuit (

Description: IntuitUpdateService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. IntuitUpdateService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,088 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 13,672 bytes or 14,624 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The IntuitUpdateService.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. IntuitUpdateService.exe is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. IntuitUpdateService.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall TurboTax 2011 WinPerReleaseEngine or TurboTax 2009 WinPerReleaseEngine from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify IntuitUpdateService.exe related errors

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

intuitupdateservice.exe is part of Intuit Automatic Update Service. Service installed by some Intuit programs, Turbo Tax being one of them, and whose role is to automatically update your Intuit product in the background.
we uninstalled the TuboTax program yet the IntuiDupdater still persists; we 'end process' but can't terminally kill it. What to do?
  Penny in Alaska  
It's the TurboTax auto-updater.
This is a Windows Service. To stop it, use Coltrol Panel Admin Tools Services
Fine if you are using Intuit products (TurboTax)
It consumes a long time during computer boot-up.

Summary: Average user rating of IntuitUpdateService.exe: based on 5 votes with 6 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving IntuitUpdateService issues

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