What is LiveUpdate.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 LiveUpdate.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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LiveUpdate.exe file information

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

The process known as Openwares' LiveUpdate or Product Updater or ASUS Live Update or AceGain LiveUpdate

belongs to software Application LiveUpdate or Product Updater or FW LiveUpdate or Byteswarm LiveUpdate or Samsung PC Studio (version 3 USB) or AceGain LiveUpdate or Joy of Cooking or Avanquest

by Openwares ( or IObit ( or ASUSTeK Computer ( or AceGain ( or Driver-Soft.

Description: LiveUpdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. LiveUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—generally C:\Program Files\LiveUpdate\ or C:\Program Files\AceGain\LiveUpdate\. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 61,440 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 2,151,200 bytes and 17 more variants. 
LiveUpdate.exe is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). LiveUpdate.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications, manipulate other programs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
In case of problems with LiveUpdate.exe, you can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ LiveUpdate or FW LiveUpdate or search the support area on the Asus website.

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

not much it´s in my pc
  Mika   (further information)
Seems to do very little but dunno how it apeared
  Penti UK  
Lots of stuff is called liveupdate.exe. If it's openwares' liveupdate then I believe it to be spyware.
It is the Live Update utility for a Samsung DVD Burner. It updates the firmware of your DVD Burner. Its harmless.
gant get rid of it once you install it. Tried to remove it using add or remove program and it wont get rid of it
It´s part of my mobile phone connection for internet. Automatic update is not needed.
liveupd.exe is part of MTN Online, a mobile connect program, it happened that there was some error that caused it to run for a second every 1 min and caused anything you where busy with to minimise, disabling the auto update fixed the problem
in my case LiveUpdate.exe relaunches UI0Detect.exe each minute, probably taking snapshots in the meanwhile (It seems to be taking the pictures and compressing it to '.pf' and '.db' formats). After it gathers the information it converts it and sends it to 'C://Windows/Prefetch' foldier. When the data is converted and compressed it is being sent to 'C://Windows/Prefetch/ReadyBoost' foldier which is awaiting to be sent to the creator of the spyware.
  Nota Bene  
part of IObit advanced system care
Installed with Telekom Internet Manager, just another name for Huawei-Software. LiveUpdate.exe is locate in C:\Users\ ... \AppData\Roaming\Telekom Internet Manager\LiveUpdate.exe and tries to connect to the server every 10-25 minutes. Maybe spyware.

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Summary: Average user rating of LiveUpdate.exe: based on 16 votes with 10 user comments. 3 users think LiveUpdate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. One user thinks LiveUpdate.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving LiveUpdate issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with LiveUpdate. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 LiveUpdate.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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